READ Volunteer Deirdre Foucauld | 1955 – 2019 March 12, 2019 | Updated April 6, 2019
We are very saddened to report the death of a wonderful friend and READ Rosemount member/volunteer Deirdre Foucauld on March 9, 2019. She was taken from us much too soon. Her life was rich with many circles of friends and causes; she was always plotting to make those circles intersect. Deirdre was a valiant human being with a wonderful smile and a determined spirit, always ready to help and lead in spite of her physical difficulties. When she was in the room she was always positive and encouraging and she always left you feeling good. She usually brought treats. After meetings she always offered people lifts home and was always willing to lend a smile, encouragement and a helping hand.
As a member of READ Rosemount Deirdre was a passionate library advocate for the redevelopment of her local Rosemount Library and as a resident of Ottawa centre-town she championed the new Ottawa Central Library as a member of Bookmark the Core. She championed excellence in architectural design that supported persons with disabilities. She was an exercise and aqua-buddy to many at her beloved Plant Recreation Centre. She was a driving member of the Debra Dynes community house Soupalicious fundraiser team. She was one of the public, welcoming faces of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (Ottawa Ctte) ceremonies. She was a regular at the Good Companions Seniors Centre. An ardent and skillful arts and crafter, Deirdre rescued many friends’ knitting and crochet projects and led the BookKnit project for READ. She would invite friends to her Ottawa Smockers’ Guild annual Christmas event and in exchange she attended our choral concerts. She was also a regular volunteer with the Ottawa Touch Quilts Project and donated many beautiful quilts and knitted fiddle muffs she created herself. These were given to seniors confined to wheel chairs. She was always up for an adventure or party.
Deirdre was a remarkable woman and she will be missed by many, many friends and those she touched. She did not wish a funeral or even an obituary, preferring her passing to be “low key”. Her “groups” are reaching out to each other to plan a celebration of her life. Deirdre died from a number of ailments as well as cancer. She was 64. We wish her soul peace and quiet laughter. An event “Remembering Deirdre” was held Friday, May 10, 2019, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Plant Recreation Centre, Preston Room, 930 Wellington West (at Preston). Interment will take place June 14, 2019 in Montreal’s Mount Royal Cemetery.
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