Francine Abraham
  • 66 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 23, 1948
  • Place of birth:
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of passing: Sep 27, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Let the memory of Francine be with us forever

On Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, over 200 guests, family and friends, gathered for Francine's Celebration of Life Ceremony at the D & S Southern Comfort Restaurant in Carlsbad Springs ON.  

The event was a standing room only affair honouring someone special, Francine. As photos played on two big screens, audience conversations paid tribute to the wonderful person she was.   

The ceremony began with the lighting of candles by the grandchildren Cadence, Kayley, Blaiden, Aleka and Olivia. Susan Veale, the acting celebrant, spoke of her time with Francine as a health practitioner and friend. Andrew, Amanda & Mark, Christine Vonhone and David shared stories about Francine's life. As words were spoken, tears of joy and expressions of love filtered throughout the room. 

On display were several of Francine's paintings. Thanks go to all who donated to Fran's art group, the AACR (Association des Artistes Clarence - Rockland)     

After the ceremony, a hot buffet meal was served and for everyone, a special treat was prepared by Amanda, Christine and her mother Madeline; fresh home made pies.

To view Francine's guest book, copy and paste the following link into a browser.



Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dianne Winmill on 27th September 2016

"What a lovely way to keep her light shining, and shining. I so miss her phone voice with the light French inflection, as I am sure so many Musicare customers do. Thank you for sharing this, David."

This tribute was added by David Abraham on 27th September 2016

"To Family and Friends
Fran loved to be at the lake. She said she wanted the lake setting to be her final resting place. On July 30th, 2016, her wish was fulfilled. In the gallery section under video’s, is a collection of photos from this day.
If you have trouble loading the file you can also view the video on Dropbox by cutting & pasting this address into a browser."

This tribute was added by Angele Clairoux on 27th September 2016

"To the Abraham Family,

Words, however kind,
can't mend your heartache:
but those who care and ,
share your loss wish you,
comfort and peace of mind.,
May you find strength,
in the love of family,
and in the warm embrace,
of friends.,


This tribute was added by Simon Martel on 23rd November 2015

"Today, November 23 is my sister’s birthday. She would have been 67 had she been with us still but life and the Creator had other plans for her.
She left too soon, we miss her.
Pray for us Fran and keep watch over your family.

This tribute was added by David Abraham on 23rd November 2015

"Thinking of you on this day, your birthday, even though we cannot celebrate with food and drink, we offer love from our hearts, our gift to you; something you can unwrap and hold within your essence as you journey along your way. We all miss you,,, Andrew, Mark & David"

This tribute was added by Arnold Davidson on 21st October 2015

"Our Heartfelt Sympathies go out to the Abraham Family.  Fran will be sadly missed by all at D'Addario Canada.
Arnold Davidson"

This tribute was added by Dianne Prieur on 14th October 2015

"I worked with Fran, Andrew and the rest of the team for over eight years.
From the first week I could feel the sense of family. It was not just a job, it was like going to spend time with friends and family. I worked side by side with Fran almost everyday and she made it feel just like you were hanging with your best friend. She was always in a good mood and smiling.
I will miss you Fran!


This tribute was added by Wendy Meldrum on 14th October 2015

"It's hard to understand why people are taken from us, but we can find comfort in knowing she was a special lady in a well lived life!

My sympathies to her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Suzanne Miskell on 13th October 2015

"Andrew and family, our sincere condolences to all for your loss.

Suzanne and Mike"

This tribute was added by Francine Perras on 13th October 2015

"I will always remember Francine as a woman with a big heart who had faith in my daughter and gave her an opportunity at a very young age. My sincere sympathies to Musicare, family and friends."

This tribute was added by Pierre Lalonde on 13th October 2015

"Heather and I knew Fran for over 40 years.  She was a kind and caring person, tolerant and dependable and always there when you needed help.  We admire her for these wonderful qualities.  Her face would light up every time she spoke of her grand-children and she was always willing to share a cute story about them.  I’m sure she was a great grand-mere.  Quite often when I came into Musicare, I would ask her about her art classes and projects.  Once again, her face would light when she showed me her paintings. She would describe how she had done her last painting and took her time sharing her hobby.  She was proud of her work.  We knew her as a wife, mother, grandmother, colleague, artist and friend.  We will remember her fondly and miss her very much."

This tribute was added by Bill Condon on 13th October 2015

"My sympathy to the Abraham Family on there lose.
Fran was a very special person and will be missed by all.
Bill Condon
Eastman Music"

This tribute was added by Karen Ross on 13th October 2015

"Though I only knew Fran through discussing music supplies or repairs over the phone, Fran felt like a friend.  She was always so kind and helpful.
Andrew & family, please accept my condolences in this difficult time.  I will keep your family in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Vince Rimbach on 13th October 2015

"Andrew and family please accept my condolences. I was very sorry to hear about Fran.
She was always so pleasant and friendly whenever I saw her at Musicare.
She will be greatly missed.
Take care."

This tribute was added by Ingeborg Henn on 12th October 2015

"Please accept my condolences.  Fran was gifted in whatever she did.  I remember our stained glass course that we took together, she excelled in producing wonderful works of art, and me, not so wonderful works of art.  She made if look so easy. We spent many hours laughing and grabbing a coffee at Tim Horton's before heading home.  The few pieces that I have will always remind me of her.


This tribute was added by Denise Martel on 12th October 2015

"Étant la plus jeune de la famille, je me sentais souvent comme observatrice parmi tous mes frères et soeurs, et des fois la victime de leur farces et foleries!  Nous étions souvent tous ensemble à faire quelques chose.  On allait se baigner à Westboro Beach et Britannia et on patinais ensemble.  On faisait notre propre patinoire dans la cour et une grande glissoire derrière la maison.  On aidait papa à préparer le jardin le printemps.  Je n’oublierai jamais la fois que Francine et Monique m’on enveloppé de morceaux de vieux draps déchirés pour me transformer en “Mummy” pour l’halloween. Francine fait parti des ces mémoires qui me tiennent à coeur.

Je me souviendrai toujours de certaines mémoires de Francine qui m’ont influencé durant ma jeunesse. Toutes les filles dans la famille ont appris à coudre grâce à la patience de maman, et lorsque Francine décidait de se coudre une nouvelle mode, j’admirais toujours ses choix. Lorsqu’elle se préparait pour sortir les vendredi soirs, elle était la plus “cool” et j’aimais ça aller avec papa la reconduire au bistro à l’église St François d’Assise. Plus tard, lorsque Francine a commencé à travailler pour Met Life, elle se permettait d’acheter du linge.  Elle avait un “flair” pour la mode du temps, surtout les années ‘60s.   Francine avait aussi un talent naturel de coiffeuse et souvent elle se faisait les cheveux en “backcomb” comme sa chanteuse préférée Connie Francis. Elle préparait souvent la coiffure de maman pour une sortie spéciale.  Francine était la plus “hot” des filles du neighbourhood, avec sa beauté et sa joie de vivre.

Francine a toujours aimé l’art et je me souviens de ses beaux dessins.  Un de nos “passe-temps” en famille était de s’assoir à la table et dessiner ensemble.  Je suis contente qu’elle a vraiment évolué son talent artistique durant les dernières années de sa vie, avec la peinture et le verre coloré.  Elle exprimais aussi ses talents artistique dans sa cuisson, ses pâtisseries, son jardinage et son décor de maison.

Le temps passe trop vite et le présent nous rappelle que la vie est précieuse. Nous avons tous perdu la “chearleader” de notre grande famille.  Ma chère soeur Francine, repose en paix.  Je t’aime beaucoups et nous allons tous manquer ta présence dans notre vie.

Being the youngest in the family, I often found myself being the observer amongst all my brothers and sisters, and sometimes the victim of their gags and jokes. We were often all together doing some kind of activity, be it swimming at Westboro or Britannia beach, or skating at the arena.  Sometimes we made our own skating rink in the back yard and we built the longest snow slide from our back porch.  We helped Dad prepare the garden every spring.  I will never forget the time Francine and Monique wrapped me up in old torn bed sheets to transform me into a Mummy for Halloween.  Francine is present in these memories that I hold dear in my heart.

Many of my memories of Francine influenced me a lot in my youth. We all learned to sew our own clothes thanks to our patient Mom, and I always admired Francine’s fashion choices in whatever she sewed. Whenever she got dressed up to go out to the bistro on Friday nights at St -François d’Assise church, she was always so “cool” looking, and I often went  with dad to drive her there. Later, when she started working at Met Life, she was able to buy her own clothes and had her own flair for fashion, especially in the ‘60s.  Francine was also a natural hair dresser.  She often styled her hair with backcombing like her favorite singer Connie Francis.  She often styled our Mom’s hair for those special occasions.  Francine was in many ways the “hottest”girl in the neighborhood with her good looks and fun loving smile.

Francine always enjoyed art and was very good at it.  I remember many of her sketches and drawings.  Our family passtimes included sitting around the table and drawing together.  I admire that she was able to resume her art work in her later years and evolve in her artistic style with painting and stained glass.  She also expressed her artistic talents in her cooking, baking, gardening and home decor.

Time goes by too quickly and the present reminds us that life is precious.  Our large extended family has lost its chearleader.  My dear sister Francine, rest in peace. I love you and we will all miss your presence in our lives."

This tribute was added by Jo Martel on 10th October 2015

"I have many fond memories of Aunt Fran growing up but more precious memories of her over the past few years. It was always enjoyable attending the New Year's family dinner that she so  graciously hosted. Iris and I very much enjoyed our occasional visits with Aunt Fran. We would carry on long conversations about art, gardening, family pets and so on over a pot of dandelion tea. Spending time with Aunt Fran was always so pleasant and we valued each minute that we shared with her. As she became more and more ill we still made time to see her and to comfort her the best we could. She was a brave, positive and beautiful woman and it was humbling  to have been with Aunt Fran during her final hours. We have a beautiful painting of hers hanging on our wall of a white Iris and each day we pause as we walk by and say, "Hi Aunt Fran". We feel truly blessed that she was a part of our lives. She will be deeply missed.

Jo & Iris"

This tribute was added by Davina Pearl on 10th October 2015

"The voice of Musicare, where you know you'll get the help you're looking for. Always cheerful, and ready with the info you need.
Let her legacy live for many years to come in the community.
My deepest sympathies to Andrew and his family.
May your Mom's memory bring you happiness in your loss."

This tribute was added by Ginette & Daniel Turmel on 9th October 2015

"Dear Mark and family, may the memory of your mom give you the same feelings of love you had when she was alive.  We are praying that God grants you strength at this time, and that He gives you comfort that is as good as a mother's touch."

This tribute was added by Anne Millette on 9th October 2015

"Je dois avouer que je n’ai pas côtoyé Francine très souvent dans ma vie.  Eux vivant à Ottawa, et nous à Embrun les occasions de visites étaient rares.  Je me rappelle des visites d’oncle Urgel et de tante Alice sur la ferme, mais je n’ai pas de souvenir des cousins, cousines surtout que j’étais une des plus jeunes dans la famille de Rolland Martel. Je sais que certaines de mes sœurs aînées ont été plus proches d’elle, de Monique et plus tard de Carmen et Simon. J’ai cependant souvent entendu parler de Francine puisqu’elle demeurait à quelques maisons près de ma sœur Madeleine sur le chemin Anderson (Carlsbad Springs).

Il m’a été donné cette chance, et je dis bien «chance » de la revoir lors du Carnaval à Embrun l’an dernier. Cela m’a permis de la jaser un peu et entre nos conversations de tout et de rien, elle nous a parlé de sa maladie et des choix qu’on lui proposait vis-à-vis de cette fichue maladie. Elle me semblait d’un calme hors de l’ordinaire et elle était de bonne humeur et optimiste. À lire les hommages qu’on lui rend aujourd’hui, je réalise que j’étais en présence d’une personne avec une force intérieure hors de l’ordinaire.  

On sait maintenant que la vie en a décidé autrement, mais cela me donne une leçon de vie.  Il faut profiter des gens qui nous entourent et saisir toutes les occasions qui se présentent à nous pour mordre dans la vie.  Lui rendre hommage, ce n’est pas de s’enfermer dans la douleur, mais c’est vivre comme elle aurait vécu et la faire vivre à travers nous.

Bon courage et je pense à vous très fort.

«Tu n’es plus là où tu étais, mais tu es partout, là où je suis» Victor Hugo"

This tribute was added by Maureen Mackie on 9th October 2015

"To the Entire Abraham Family and the Musicare Team,

May you find strength in the love of Family and the warm embrace of friends to help you through this difficult time.  Remember that your loss is shared by many.  Sincere condolences to you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Monique Martel on 9th October 2015

"Francine et moi partagions une grande passion des fleurs. Depuis les dernières années, nous avons fait des voyages ensemble pour visiter des jardins au Québec & en Ontario. Son plus grand plaisir était d’acheter des nouvelles plantes. Elle en avait beaucoup! Les derniers mois, c’est a son garçon Andrew (& Sheryl) qu’est revenu la tache de les planter parce qu’elle n’avait plus la force de le faire.
Francine and I shared a great passion for flowers. During the last 3 years we visited flower gardens in Quebec & Ontario. Her greatest pleasure was to buy new plants for her garden. During the last months of her life, her son Andrew (& Sheryl) helped her out for planting all these flowers since she did not have the strenght anymore. I hope that wherever you are Fran, you will still be able to tend to new gardens full of flowers."

This tribute was added by Simon Martel on 9th October 2015

"C’est avec tristesse que notre sœur Francine nous a quittés, son corps ravagé par ce fléau qu’est le cancer mais je me réjouis en sachant que son âme est dans cette autre dimension avec son Créateur et nos parents aidant a protégé notre famille pour l’éternité.

It is with great sadness that our sister Francine has left us, her body ravaged by this scourge which we know as cancer but I rejoice knowing that her soul is in that other dimension with its Creator and our parents helping to watch eternally over our growing family."

This tribute was added by Cynthia Yuschyshyn on 7th October 2015

"All of the Musicare team, my sincerest sympathy and condolences.  Fran has been the friendly face and cheerful voice on the end of the phone for as long as I can remember.  You must miss her so!  She has always been so helpful and kind when she worked with me at Rideau District High School, Carleton Place High School and way back when I worked with Ceremonial Guard.  

Her kindness, smile, and cheerful presence will be remembered and missed.  My sympathy to Dave, Mark, Andrew and all of your family."

This tribute was added by Brad Mills on 7th October 2015

"So sorry to hear this news guys. It was such a pleasure to speak with Fran on the telephone over the many years I was dealing with Musicare while teaching music at Carleton Place High School. I'm glad I had a chance to speak with her last December when I dropped in to the shop to make a purchase and get a repair done.  I'll always think of her as the "voice" of Musicare."

This tribute was added by Suzanne Simon on 7th October 2015

"I am shocked and saddened to hear of Fran's passing.  A call from Fran was always a bright spot in my day.  She was lovely, cheerful, and kind.  Please accept my deepest sympathies at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Dianne Winmill on 7th October 2015

"Oh my! My heartfelt sympathies to all. I can't begin to count the number of times Fran helped me in my capacity as a music teacher at many different schools. She managed to keep it all straight and always got back to me with the answers I needed. I particularly enjoyed the inflection in her telephone voice. It always brought a smile to my face on the busiest of days."

This tribute was added by Bill Labron on 7th October 2015

"Please accept our condolences.  For many years we at Music Plus have enjoyed the pleasant relationship with all of the folks at Musicare and Fran has been a gentle breath of fresh air in our industry.  Celebrate the joy of her companionship and her positive outlook."

This tribute was added by Victor Jung on 7th October 2015

"Musicare and Fran Abraham did so much to help schools sustain their music programs.  I'm convinced that if it hadn't been for them, many of our programs wouldn't exist today.  They were integral in the success of music in Ottawa and surrounding areas.  I'm so happy that the board has finally allowed their tender back in.  Musicare still remains the number one music store for me."

This tribute was added by Sheryl Berube on 7th October 2015

"Fran, I miss our Thursday night pizza and wine dates. Your were not only a client, but became a friend.  My sympathy goes out to all of your family.  Always thinking of you.  Sheryl"

This tribute was added by Ursula Faller on 7th October 2015

"My heartfelt sympathies to Andrew, Mark and David and all of Fran's friends and familty, Fran's creativity and art was and is a source of inspiration. She inspired me to start taking art classes instead of waiting for 'someday'. I'll think of her everytime I finish a painting.


This tribute was added by Allison Woyiwada on 7th October 2015

"I'm out of town and this news has taken me completely by surprise. I am so sorry for all of you. She did so much for me, for you and I'm sure you did as much as you could for her. Accept my sincere regret for Fran and for all of you.
Allison Woyiwada, Hopewell Ave Public School"

This tribute was added by Steffi Ortiz on 7th October 2015

"I am sorry to hear about the passing of Fran.  Like many creative people her creative endeavours took a backseat while she devoted herself to her family, but her art blossomed and gave pleasure to many.  My condolences to Andrew, Mark, and Dave and their families.

Steffi Ortiz"

This tribute was added by Bernard Levesque on 7th October 2015

"Parmis tout les coups de peinceaux remplis de couleur, et notre voeux de voir grandir les arts dans notre region, nous somme devenie amis.Tu resteras toujours avec nous au Studio et je suis sure qu' a ton tour tu fera chante le Cardinal de temp en temp. Merci pour tout tes beau conseils. J'ai ete chanceux de t'avoir sur mon chemin de vie.

Bernard Levesque  Artiste peintre"

This tribute was added by Angele Clairoux on 7th October 2015

"“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” - Dr Seuss
  I am grateful that we met, you were a lovely friend with a kind heart."

This tribute was added by ginger martel on 6th October 2015

"I didn't get to meet Francine in person although we talked about visits. Our relationship was over Facebook and she was just so sweet. She accepted me as family without ever meeting me in person and I enjoyed her uplifting comments and posts. She will be missed! Norm and I are praying for family and friends, that they will feel peace."

This tribute was added by Liliane Gratton on 6th October 2015

"Nous gardons précieusement le magnifique tableau de Francine qui nous rappelle tous les beaux moments passés en sa compagnie.

The beautiful painting on our wall done by Francine reminds us of the good times we had in her company.

Michel & Liliane Gratton"

This tribute was added by Gabrielle Berichon on 6th October 2015

"I will always remember you as a kind and gentle soul Fran and will never forget your smiling eyes.  Rest in peace my friend.  
She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.  My sympathies to David, Mark, Andrew and their families."

This tribute was added by Roch Brisson on 6th October 2015

"To all the Musicare team, my sincere sympathies on the passing of Francine. Through my years of dealing with Musicare, I remember Francine as being a very efficient and reliable person. I will try to be there tomorrow. Toutes mes sympathies!

Roch Brisson
École Des Voyageurs"

This tribute was added by David Abraham on 1st October 2015

"... When I close my eyes I see you ...

... When I open my eyes I miss you ..."

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