With much sorrow, we announce the untimely passing of DR CAROLINE BRENDA THOMPSON (nee) BARON, who passed away in Harare, Zimbabwe, on the 12th of June 2021 after complications relating to Coronavirus, pneumonia, and emphysema.

Carol, an Internationally renowned concert pianist, was born on the 31st of May 1940 in Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and is survived by her three children, Gary, Kimberley, Darren, and her ten beloved grandchildren, Jade, Zenia, Joshua, Stefano, Hannah, Chloe, Aaron, Bianca, Matthew, and Zoe. Beyond her immediate family is an extensive wider family and dear friends with whom she maintained lifelong relationships.

As a highly respected musician and performer and being the family matriarch, Carol lived a remarkable life, travelling extensively, making lifelong friends along the way. As a testament to her life-long contribution to music, the South African Society of Music Teachers are posthumously honouring Carol for her lifetime achievements and recognition of an outstanding musical career. Always a lady, devoted wife, caring mother, granny, friend, confidante, unifier – Carol’s charming manner and positive presence will be greatly missed.

Due to Covid restrictions, no viewing or funeral will take place. Instead, there will be an online memorial service on Zoom to celebrate Carol’s life. For joining instructions, please email At Carol’s request, her final resting place will be with her late husband, Bernard, whom she loved dearly.

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