Obituary: Carolyn Christine Cunliffe – June 23, 2023

Carolyn Christine Cunliffe, JD, aged 36, of Saugeen Shores, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 23rd, at the Grey Bruce Hospice in Owen Sound after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma.


Carolyn is survived by her parents, Colin and Diane Cunliffe of Saugeen Shores, her brother, Brendan and his spouse Caroline, and her niece Isla, of Petawawa. She is also survived by her grandfather John Pegg and partner Ann Walton of Burlington, by loving aunts and uncles: Michael , Rod (Nancy), Ian (Lene), Gary (Jill) Cunliffe; Sharon (Paul) Maynard, Darlene (Bruce) Cheyne and Jackie (Mark) Cooper. Carolyn was predeceased by her grandmother, Susan (Hogan) Pegg, her great-grandmother, Edith (McNiven) Pegg, and her grandparents Anne (O’Brien) and Roderick George Cunliffe. Carolyn will be missed by her many close-knit cousins. She was a lifelong friend of Liz Alexander, Rebecca Carey, Steph Carr, and Taralyn Golbeck.

Carolyn will be missed by her two fur babies, Wallis and Broccoli. Carolyn’s many passions included her love for travelling, living in Saugeen Shores, giving back to her community as a volunteer with the Saugeen Shores Rotary Club, playing volleyball with the Port Elgin Beach Volleyball High Rollers team, the Kincardine Co-ed Competitive League, and the Port Elgin Monday Ladies volleyball league. She never said no to a Big Outlaw Pizza.


Carolyn was a graduate of the University of Ottawa Law School, and of Wilfred Laurier University. Carolyn will be memorialized by the awarding annually of the Carolyn Cunliffe Medical Science Award to be provided to a local student from the Bluewater District School Board who is pursuing post-secondary education in the medical field. The award is facilitated by Carolyn’s employer, Bruce Power and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
Carolyn ’s strength and resilience throughout her battle with cancer was truly awe-inspiring. Carolyn embraced life with passion and fearlessness; her positivity allowed her to live her best life. Her unwavering selflessness and spirit will never be forgotten.


Thank you to the Grey Bruce Hospice staff for their care and compassion. A celebration of life will be held at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations to the any of the following would be appreciated: Brain Tumour Foundation, Grey Bruce Hospice, Saugeen Hospital Foundation, Sheila Singh’s Brain Tumour Research, or the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter.