Lang Pioneer Village community is in mourning following the tragic death of one of its long-time employees.
Audrey Caryi had worked at Lang for 34 years. The museum announced her death on its Facebook page Thursday. The 67-year-old was thrown from a horse on March 20. She was airlifted to a Toronto hospital, and died of her injuries Wednesday. The museum says no one knew more about the history of Peterborough County. The flags at all county sites will be flown at half-staff in her honour.
“It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our colleague and friend, Audrey Caryi,” the Facebook page states. “Audrey, our Museum Specialist at Lang, passed away yesterday as a result of injuries she sustained from a horseback riding accident on March 20th. Audrey commenced her employment with us in 1983, and has been a long-term and valued employee for over 34 years. No one knew more about the history of Peterborough County and the Village and no one cared more about our commitment for authentic recreation through live interpretation than Audrey.
We will all miss her, not just as a co-worker and associate, but a friend as well. We will share with you the arrangements for her celebration of life as we hear more details from her family. The flags at all County of Peterborough sites will be flown at half-mast in Audrey’s honour.
This is a very difficult time for the Museum as we have lost a beloved and respected colleague. We know that all of you share our grief and our commitment to honour Audrey’s memory as we prepare to carry on without her.”