In Memory of Francine Woodard
It is with tremendous sadness and grief that we announce the passing of Francine Julia Woodard at the tender age of 62. Francine fought a brave 18-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, but on the early morning of August 9, the fight was over. In all that time however, she never wavered in her determination to keep going and to be there for her family and friends. Francine will be greatly missed by her husband Bob Woodard, son Matthew Love, daughter Lindsay Love (Jason Grolway), grandchildren Chase, Mason and Nova, and stepsons Luke and Cameron Woodard. Her sister Louise Cram (Bill) predeceased her in March of 2020. She will be fondly remembered and admired by her sister Carole Bergeron (Jean-Pierre) as well as a very large extended family, her adopted Woodard family in Calgary and by her many friends and neighbors.
Francine was born in Ottawa on October 27, 1958, daughter to the late Aubert and Helene (nee Cariere) Forget. She enjoyed a 23-year career as a public servant working for Transport Canada, in which time she rose to the position of Issues Manager. She dealt directly with the Director General in providing accurate information on many major events including the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Besides her family however, her greatest passion was her love for home design and décor. Francine always had a renovation project on the go (sometimes to Bob’s frustration) and her ability to transform a room into a beautiful living space was truly special.
Francine was a fighter. She endured many struggles in her life but her later years with Bob were spent enjoying family gatherings, extensive domestic and international travel, and evenings of repose and gentle conversation.
A private celebration of life will be held in her honor at the Heritage Funeral Complex in Orleans. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or Parkinson’s Canada.