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Karen Elaine Magee Pape

Karen passed away peacefully at home on Saturday June 2, 2018. Daughter of the late Brian and Elaine Magee. Mother of Sarah, Aaron (Lisa Richardson), and loving Nana to Daniela and Jack. Much-loved sister of Brian (Susan) Magee, Ivan Magee and the late Judy (Normand) Baril. Beloved former spouse of Paul Pape. Proud aunt of Brendan, Diana & Charles. Karen was a pillar of strength for her family with an enormous heart.

A graduate of Havergal College, McGill University and the University of Toronto Medical School, Karen was a neonatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children, the Director of the Neonatal Follow - Up Program and the President of the Medical Staff. Widely published, she was instrumental in the development of neonatal ultra sound brain scanning now used in intensive care units around the world. After leaving HSC, Karen became a pioneer in the field of neuroplasticity in children with early brain and nerve injuries. She was a tireless advocate for a revolution in the treatment for children with cerebral palsy. Karen captured this work in her recently published book, The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk.

She was a rebel with a cause who took no prisoners nor suffered fools. Karen took the road less travelled by and that made all the difference to thousands of her patients and their families. To the end, Karen was still thinking of ways to advocate for improving the treatments available for children with early brain and nerve injuries. She did not go gentle into that good night. In the weeks before her death, Karen endowed a foundation to provide funds to continue her work in this field.

Her family would like to thank Wing Lam and Pia Stampe for their support.
There will be a celebration of Karen’s life on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at The Rosedale Golf Club from 4 to 7pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to Karen’s foundation.

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Cynthia Frisina
It’s the start of a new year and I still can’t believe Karen is not physically present with us anymore - although I feel her presence almost daily. There is no one who changed the way I thought about my daughter, Cathryn’s care and future more than Karen Pape. I am eternally grateful to her for changing the future for Cathryn. I loved Karen’s non nonsense straight talk, brilliance and huge heart. I’ll never forget Karen’s kindness to me and my daughter in helping find the first pair of pretty shoes that fit Cathryn’s feet, and how Karen made Cathryn really believe that she was an athlete and could run and walk better than we ever thought possible, despite having CP. I know for sure that Karen was smiling down on Cathryn when she became a national adaptive track and field champion 😀. I personally miss Karen’s friendship and wise counsel every day. You are forever in our hearts Karen! Miss you. Till we meet again, Cindy and Cathryn