Roderick Joseph Francis

21 February , 19431 April , 2019

Roderick Francis Eskasoni

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Roderick ‘Achum’Francis, age 76 of Eskasoni on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the CBRH, Palliative Care.

Born in Afton, NS, he was the son of the late Stephen P. and Annie Claire (Paul) Francis.

Rod lived with his sister Josephine in Eskasoni and was a member of Holy Family parish. Roderick was a residential school survivor. He loved the outdoors, fishing and working with his hands building and repairing. He especially loved making tools and traditional baskets; spending time with his family always brought him great joy.

He is survived by his sisters, Caroline and Josephine Francis; brothers Alex (Mary), Daniel and David Francis and many nieces and nephews.

Rod was predeceased by siblings, Catherine, Rose Marie, Norman, Ryan, Marion, Angus, Joseph and Jonas Francis and nephew Paul Francis.

We would like to thank the staff of Palliative Care and Dr. Todd for their compassionate care.

Visitation will take place at the Gabriel Center on Thursday, April 4 after 7 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 am with Fr. Martin MacDougall officiating. Interment in the Holy Family Parish Cemetery. Salite to follow.

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  • Stephen P. Francis, Father
  • Annie Claire (Paul) Francis, Mother
  • Caroline Francis, Sister
  • Josephine Francis, Sister
  • Alex (Mary) Francis, Brother
  • Daniel Francis, Brother
  • David Francis, Brother
  • Catherine Francis, Sister
  • Rose Marie Francis, Sister
  • Norman Francis, Brother
  • Ryan Francis, Brother
  • Marion Francis, Sister
  • Angus Francis, Brother
  • Joseph Francis, Brother
  • Jonas Francis, Brother
  • Paul Francis, Nephew


  • Visitation Thursday, 4 April , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 6 April , 2019

Roderick Joseph Francis

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Fred Getchell

2 April 2019

Uncle rod you were the strongest man I knew and you had a very kind loving heart , I would go to work and when I came home at the end of a busy day my apartment would be clean dishes done clothes washed it took me awhile to figure out who was doing this until I came home and you were mopping my floor . Thank you for always protecting and watching over all of us you are so loved .

Your nephew , Fred.