Funeral for mother, 2 children found dead in Harrow, Ont., home draws dozens of mourners in Windsor

The funeral in Windsor, Ont., on Tuesday for Carly Walsh and her two children comes after they were among family members found dead in their Harrow home on June 20. (Dalson Chen/CBC - image credit)
The funeral in Windsor, Ont., on Tuesday for Carly Walsh and her two children comes after they were among family members found dead in their Harrow home on June 20. (Dalson Chen/CBC - image credit)

The funeral for Carly Walsh and her two children was held in Windsor, Ont., on Tuesday, drawing dozens to the service as the family's Harrow community continues to mourn after their bodies were found in their home last month.

The service for the 41-year-old, Madison, 13, and Hunter, 8, was at FamiliesFirst Funeral Home and Tribute Centre a day after the visitations.

Some people arriving for the funeral service were seen embracing each other.

Windsor police in unmarked vehicles escorted the procession, which included about 40 cars. During the procession, some members of the public pulled their vehicles over and got out of their cars to stand in respect.

Media were asked to stay off funeral home property and the adjacent sidewalk.

Carly's husband and the children's father, Steve, was also found dead in the home but was not included in the Tuesday funeral arrangements.

Carly Walsh of Harrow with her children Hunter, 8, and Madison, 13, in an image shared by the community.
Carly Walsh of Harrow with her children Hunter, 8, and Madison, 13, in an image shared by the community.

There have been outpourings of grief and tributes for Carly Walsh and her children since their deaths. (Camoes Portuguese Club of Harrow/Facebook)

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) discovered four people dead after being called to check on the well-being of a person at the home at 1200 County Road 13 near Harrow.

There have been no arrests and police have said there's no threat to the public.

No further information about the incident has been released by the OPP.

Family honoured by Harrow community

The deaths have spurred outpourings of grief and tributes over the past week and a half.

An obituary for Carly and her children says Madison and Hunter meant "everything" to their mother.

"Becoming a mother was the greatest joy of Carly's life," it says. "There was nothing she would not do for them.

"We hold onto the warmth they brought into their community. We remember them not for the heartbreak of their passing, but for the countless ways they enriched our lives with their beautiful souls."

 People have left tributes by the roadside near the home where the family members were found dead.
People have left tributes by the roadside near the home where the family members were found dead.

Tributes left by the roadside near the home where the bodies of the Walsh family members were found. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

The obituary notes Carly's education at Holy Names Catholic High School and St. Clair College, as well as her employment history through Caesars Windsor, Tupperware and Paglione Estate Winery.

"Carly was known for her strong work ethic, often working six days a week."

She also cultivated a love for the outdoors in her children, along with instilling a habit of "being kind and caring to everyone they met."

Madison is described as "a budding entrepreneur" who was already starting to work at a nail salon and at the Camoes Portuguese Club of Harrow. The sight of "Madi" ice skating were some of Carly's "favourite moments," the obituary says.

Hunter is described as "a busy little guy with a huge smile" whose interests included playing outside, his toy car collection, and a dirt bike made for him by one of his grandfathers.

The Walshes leave behind many close relations and extended family members, as well as their two family dogs.

The family also had "a huge group of friends," including a "bestie group" for Madison and several "special buddies" for Hunter.

Carly Walsh and her children Hunter and Madison at track event at St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School in Harrow.
Carly Walsh and her children Hunter and Madison at track event at St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School in Harrow.

Carly, Madison and Hunter at a track event at St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School in Harrow. (Sarah Ann Photography/Facebook)