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Jennifer Caron, 43, of Rockford, passed away on August 1, 2018. She was born on June 8, 1975 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Gary and Gertrude (Tucker) Caron. She married Douglas Gish on October 10, 2010, at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. Jennifer was a USA Figure Skating Coach. She attended York University in Toronto where she majored in finance and economics. Her passion was teaching kids to skate. She was a member of Team Canada "Black Ice", a synchronized skating team. Jennifer was a 1997 World Champion, Silver and Bronze Medalist, and had several Canadian National titles. She was a former coach for Northwestern University and Illinois State University, and owned Revolution Synchronized Skating which won 16 ISI National titles. Coaching was her life, she loved and believed in all the kids she coached.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas Gish, son, Tucker; stepson, Carter; parents, Gert and Gary Caron; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Marty Gish; brother, Jeremy (Kris) Caron; nieces and nephews, Joshua , Nicholas, Grace, Michaela, Ian, Cameron, and Cheynee; sisters -in -law, Lynne (Mike) Olsen, and Carol Cook.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 11, 2018 in First Free Church, 2223 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL. A tribute video will be at 10:15 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Rockford Skating Club, 4150 N. Perryville, Loves Park, IL 61111.

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  1. Sarah Coyne

    Aubri and I know Jenn is skating with Angels. She was such an amazing coach because she managed to make each one of 'her kids' feel special and important in their own unique way. Parents know how special it is to have another person in your child's life, helping them learn and grow and succeed, all while giving them the care and kindness that they would. RIP and you will ALWAYS be in our hearts

  2. Kristine Hipfel

    Although i have not seen jennifer in many years my skating memories of Black Ice always included Jennifer. I am very glad to have known her. She was a very special person. My thoughts are with you.

  3. Wald Family

    We know her time with us was cut short; however she made her time with us count. To have touched so many lives and shaped so many young people was a blessing she gave us and her calling in life. Your family is in our thoughts. Keith Wald & Family

  4. Erin

    My heart goes out to Jenns family and all her skaters. She was an amazing coach who taught my daughter not only skating but to be proud and confident in all aspects of her life. We miss you Jenn!

  5. Carol Alexander (Nanny Carol)

    Will miss you warm smile and always had a friendly greeting. If I could have took your place I would have. My heart is heavy for your family, but for you am happy no more pain.

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