François was born in St. Boniface, Winnipeg on September 23, 1949. He soon moved with his family to the Gatineau region of Quebec. He moved back to St. Boniface in his teens, where he attended Precious Blood School.
His aptitude for detail and mechanics lead him to become a sewing machine repairman for Singer, then a heavy machines operator, before settling in as a Health Care Assistant at St. Boniface General Hospital, where he worked from 1987 to 2019.
He had a kind and generous heart, and it was not uncommon for François to be stopped and thanked outside of work by families of patients for whom he went above and beyond. His work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to help was appreciated by all who worked with him, or were taught by him.
François took great pleasure in travelling, which included a multitude of trips throughout North America and Europe. He loved nature, including hiking, canoeing, biking, and camping excursions, and was most fond of Big Whiteshell Lake and Pink Lake, Quebec. His thousands of photographs reflect his trips and treks in detail.
He had a wonderful sense of humour. It was often easy for family and friends to get him laughing uncontrollably, and his laugh was infectious.
François had a tremendous faith in God, and in his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Whom he leaned throughout his life. He walked by his Christian faith, and even in François’ last days, when he could no longer speak, two words he still spoke with clarity were “Jesus Christ”.
François’ family and friends will feel a great void at his passing. He was predeceased by his dad, Ange-Albert Cormier, and his mother, Gilberte (Forest) Cormier. He is survived by his only child, son Chris (wife Abby), granddaughter Sarah, sister Jocelyne and nephew Jérémie, dear cousin Claire, who was always there for him, many loving cousins and relatives, ex-wife and long-term friend Lorraine, good friend Sonja, and many co-workers and others whose lives he touched. He will be deeply missed and cherished forever.< back to obituary listing