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Karen Titus


Karen Titus
Karen Shirley Titus (née McCartney) passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Hotel Dieu St. Joseph Hospital on December 4th, 2021.

Karen was born on April 26th, 1942, in Ormstown, Quebec to the late Bertrand McCartney and Millicent (Amos) McCartney. Karen is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Robert Gordan Titus, her children; Tamara McPhail (Joe) & Timothy Titus (Deann), sibling; Gerry McCartney (Helen) of Ormstown, Quebec, grandchildren; Brett McPhail (Josée), Bradley McPhail (Kelsey Pettis), Brittany McPhail, Lauren Titus, and Logan Titus, along with her cherished nieces and nephews of Ormstown, Quebec. She is preceded in death by sister, Diane McCartney Miller.

She graduated from McGill University in 1962 with a certificate in teaching. She and Bob were married in Ormstown on July 4th, 1964, after a serendipitous meeting at a track and field event in 1963. After Bob convinced her to move to New Brunswick “for one year”, Karen began teaching physical education at Southern Victoria High School. Over four years, the couple welcomed two children into their home and Karen immersed herself into the fabric of Perth-Andover, as a swimming instructor and avid volunteer with the recreation department. Her children remember her as a driven, determined, caring, loving mother who encouraged them to follow their dreams.

Karen was a dedicated individual who loved her community. She was a member of the Village Council for 20 years, where she served as, Councilor, Mayor and Deputy Mayor. She served 17 plus years on the Perth-Andover Recreation Commission and was a member of the Perth-Andover Rotary Club for 16 years. Karen also served as President of the board of directors for the Union of Municipalities for the Province of New Brunswick, where she travelled throughout Canada representing our province.

Karen spent many hours tutoring, coaching basketball, volleyball, and track & field. She also committed 44 years to the organization of the Winter Carnival Queens Pageant. She was involved with the Southern Victoria Minor Hockey Association and the St. James United Church as clerk of session, elder and organist.

Serving as president & vice president of the Hospital Auxiliary of Hotel Dieu, Karen committed endless hours to the community. Karen has been awarded: the Louise Breau Award, Paul Harris Award, Diamond Jubilee Medal, UMNB Appreciation Award and was inducted to the Perth-Andover Wall of Fame in 2015.

Special thanks to Jackie, Lori and Grace who provided her the support that allowed her to cope with the limitations that life had brought upon her.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 1 pm from Brunswick Funeral Chapel in Perth-Andover, NB. Rev. Shirley DeMerchant officiated. Interment will be in the Presbyterian Rural Cemetery at a later date.

Music for the service was by organist Dawn Bishop. Scripture readings were by Deann Titus and Josee McPhail. The eulogy was given by Brittany McPhail.

Pallbearers were Brett McPhail, Brad McPhail, Logan Titus, Burpee Wagner, Ronald Gaunce, and Scott Bowerman.

Arrangements were entrusted to Brunswick Funeral Home, Perth-Andover, NB.
Service Date
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Service Time
1 pm
Service Location
Brunswick Funeral Chapel

Visitation Time
6-8 pm
Visitation Location
Brunswick Funeral Home

Burial Location
Presbyterian Rural Cemetery

Requested Charity
St. James United Church or a charity of your choice