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Karen Field Bond

Karen Field Bond

April 02, 1959 ~ December 18, 2021

We say our farewell to our sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend–Karen Field Bond.  She left us too soon but she left us with a lifetime of memorable and loving experiences.  She loved and lived furiously!  As her niece noted, she was a badass in the best kind of way. She was a lover of all creatures, especially those endangered and her beloved kitties.  She was a friend of the earth, especially those places most imperiled.  Her soul took on the burdens of the world.  She absorbed all the pain of her family, her friends, her community and our world, especially the underdogs.  She was so compassionate.  She worried for the whole world and could not puzzle the tragedy, disasters, and suffering.  She had a photographic memory of all her family, friends, and the life she experienced with them.  She loved her family and friends so much that she couldn’t fully express it at times.  She had a special passion for music and shared it almost daily on social media. I’m guessing she attended more concerts than all of us combined. She was a domestic abuse survivor and she was passionate about absorbing the hurt of others with similar experiences. She loved to walk the beaches in Connecticut and Florida and mountains and canyons of Arizona and Montana. After receiving a National Merit Scholarship at Westerville South HS in Ohio she attended University of Miami and started her life’s work saving sea life then transferred that passion to a long physical therapy career in Arizona after a degree from Florida International University.  Truly, a life devoted to helping those people and animals in need. Her patients loved her gift of gab since many were homebound.  She loved to spoil her nieces and nephews, in their younger years, with books and gifts about the natural world.  She lived her life with passion until she could no longer bear the cruelty of things like the pandemic and political divisiveness.  She retreated like many of us did to a limited life in our homes where she continued to love her kitties and her music and her friends and family.  She had plans to move to Connecticut soon.  We are grateful to have had Karen in our lives. She will be dearly missed.  We are comforted to know that she is in the arms of her beloved father and grandparents.  She was born April 2, 1959 in New York City and left this world on December 18, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida.  She is survived by family in Connecticut, Montana, Pennsylvania, Florida, Massachusetts, South Korea, Colorado, France, Scotland and Virginia.  She has friends the world over.  We hope to have a celebration of life near Fairfield Beach, CT when it is safe from COVID.  If you are so moved you can donate to the following places in her memory:

Loggerhead Marine Live Center https://marinelife.org/

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary   https://www.buschwildlife.org/

The Nature Conservancy   https://www.nature.org/en-us/

Your Local Humane Society or Animal Rescue/Shelter

PS-No straws please!

Condolence

Barbara Cousin - Lifelong Friend

December 22, 2021, 11:07 pm

God Bless you our beloved friend. I am blessed to have known you and I am eternally grateful for your kindness to my family over many years. You are forever in our hearts and we will see you again.

Lynne Kresse - Friend

January 11, 2022, 2:34 am

A golden girl with a heart of gold. A friend with whom I shared many moments of laughter. She was vivacious, passionate and generous. I will always remember her with love in my heart. She enriched my life immeasurably and I count myself so lucky to have known and loved her as a dearest friend. May she rest now in God’s tender care.

Leslie Fiedler - Old Friend

January 13, 2022, 8:15 pm

I’m so sad to hear this. Karen was a friend from University of Miami, and we reconnected briefly in AZ in the early 2000s. I totally agree with her niece’s assessment – Karen was badass in a very good way. My condolences to her family. She will be missed….

Michele C - Friend for over 50 years.

June 2, 2022, 12:31 am

I still find it difficult to find words to express how I feel. Of course, my heartfelt condolences go out to Karen’s family. Following that, I will say to Karen that I know you will be with me during my stay in Fairfield this coming week and I am looking forward to walking the beach and the road with you like old times.

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