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Born: Aug 10, 1933

Date of Passing: Feb 10, 2020

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Born: August 10, 1933
Date of passing: February 10, 2020

Our family is profoundly sad to announce the passing of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Frank Edward Woods, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on February 10, 2020, after a brief illness.
Frank would have celebrated his 87th birthday in August, 2020.
Frank will always be loved and remembered by his four children, David Woods, Mark Woods, Cindy Bauer (Kelly), and Donna Kotchon (Wayne); eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and by his very special friend, Edna Lawryniuk, and her family; his favourite niece, Brenda (Robert) Nolin; and favourite nephew, Randy (Christine) Woods; as well as by numerous relatives and friends that held a special place in his heart. Frank is predeceased by his loving wife, Marie, in July of 2011; and his daughter-in-law, Kim Woods, in June of 2016.
Frank was born in Vancouver, BC, on August 10, 1933, and came to Winnipeg at a very young age. He attended school in the north end of Winnipeg, and completed his education there. Frank met his wife, Marie, in Regina in 1954, and they were married on November 5, 1955, and settled in Calgary, eventually moving to Winnipeg in August of 1964, with three kids in tow. Their last child, Donna, was born in 1965, in Winnipeg. Mom and Dad bought their first house in River Heights in 1966, raised their four children there, and then in 1977, moved to St. Clements to pursue Dad's dream of raising thoroughbred racehorses. In the mid 1990s, Mom and Dad moved to Winnipeg Beach, to enjoy retirement at the family cottage. However, Dad never really retired, and continued to dabble in different activities throughout his life. In 2011, after the death of Mom, Dad came full circle and moved back to Winnipeg to be closer to his children, and it is in Winnipeg where he lived out the remainder of his life. Dad was never one to be afraid to take a chance, and had a varied career throughout his life. Dad worked for the CNR, an automotive supply firm, a financial institute, was self-employed, was a horse farm owner, politician and accountant, in addition to husband and father. He was an extremely intelligent man, with a strong opinion, who loved a lively political discussion. In his later years, after Mom passed, his friend Edna and her family brought much joy to his life. Frank has loved and touched so many people in his long life. He will be missed dearly and lovingly remembered.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dad's cardiologist, Dr. Tam, and his team at the St. Boniface Hospital for the care and compassion they provided in the last 18 months.
Cremation has taken place, and the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, 505 Brewster Street, Winnipeg, MB, on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.
Honorary Pallbearers are: Jesse Woods, Jamie Woods, Matthew Jolly, Ryan Kotchon, Jason Kotchon, and Corey Vlaming.
If desired, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 22, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Dear Mark, David, Donna and Cindy I was shocked to hear of your Dad's passing. When I sent my last email and the address was no longer valid I wondered if perhaps he was in the hospital. I am so sorry for your loss, I know you will miss him. I contacted Jean Coupal (your neighbour in Yorkton) to share your sad news. I would love to chat with one of you, please call me at 403 347-8048. Very Sincerely Clara Bast - Posted by: Clara Bast (Yorkton Friend) on: Jun 22, 2020

  • Cindy, please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of your father. Craig and Sheryl - Posted by: Craig Cormack (Friend ) on: Feb 28, 2020

  • Frank was a trainer and mentor to many. I first met him in Winnipeg in 1967 when we both worked for H.F.C. Decades later we reconnected via email and Frank always retained a sense of humor and interest in the world's events and people around him in our communications. To Frank's family please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. He will be missed by anyone who had the privilege of knowing him. - Posted by: David Hingley (Friend) on: Feb 28, 2020

  • My condolences to the Wood's family and we have lost a great man that loved his family Both Frank and Marie are and were what we all admire in the family tradition and will be remembered for their family close knit ways. Frank lived a life that very few others could ever have dreamed of... RIP my friend. - Posted by: Lyle Jones (Family friend) on: Feb 24, 2020

  • Dear Family of Frank, I only recently met Frank, but we chatted several times after meeting, and I was getting to know him. Frank and I share a set of great-grandparents: Nikola and Katherine Grabowski. (My Baba was a Grabowski.) We met through cousin Brenda after she and I found (through DNA testing at Ancestry) that we were related. When we agreed to meet for coffee, Brenda said she would bring her Uncle Frank, because he knew more about family history than she did. So I actually met Brenda and Frank in person at the same time. We exchanged lots of information and talked about the relatives that we knew. After that I spoke with Frank on the phone several times, exchanging more information each time. Shortly before he died, he called me to say there was a Mary Grabowski who died (I had seen the obit) and he wanted to explain the connection she had to our family. When Brenda let me know that Frank had passed, I was so sorry that I hadn't gotten to know him better in the short time that we had connected. I will not be able to attend the funeral, but I wanted Frank's family to know how helpful he was to my research even though he was not well. His love of family was absolute! You are a lucky group. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I hope your memories of Frank will console you. Sincerely, Marianne Wawrykow - Posted by: Marianne Wawrykow (2nd cousin) on: Feb 23, 2020

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