Patrick Woodsworth

April 24, 1946January 18, 2019

Peacefully at home after a long illness, Patrick Harold Woodsworth, beloved husband of Lana Seabrooke, father of Michael (Amy Farley) and grandfather of William and Eleanor, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Dear brother of Andrew (Nelly) of Victoria, B.C., Mary (Harry Wagner) of Edmonton, and Eric (Pamela) of Saskatoon. Dear son-in-law of Verna Seabrooke of Stittsville, Ontario, and brother-in-law of Kevin Seabrooke (Frances) of Richmond, Ontario, Karen Seabrooke of Ottawa, and Lisa Seabrooke (Tim Boyle) of Melbourne, Australia. Dear cousin to Bonnie Campbell (Gilles Duruflé) of Montreal. Survived by many beloved nephews and nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces, and very dear friends of decades standing. Having obtained his Ph.D. from McGill in 1975, Patrick spent his entire professional career in the field of higher education, first as a teacher, then as an administrator, particularly at Dawson College in Montreal, where he served for twenty-five years, notably as Director General from 1991-2004.

With heartfelt thanks to Dr. David Small, Nurse Navigator Tara Jesion, and the staff of the Jewish General Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home, 5610 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal. Visitation Friday, January 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., with Funeral to follow in the Chapel at 4:00 p.m. Interment in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to The Peter Brojde Lung Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital at


À Montréal, le 18 janvier 2019, est décédé Patrick Woodsworth, tout en douceur, à la maison, au terme d’une longue maladie. Patrick fut l’époux bien-aimé de Madame Lana Seabrooke, le père de Michael (Amy Farley) et le grand-père de William et Eleanor de Brooklyn (New York). Il laisse aussi dans le deuil son frère Andrew (Nelly) de Victoria (Colombie-Britannique), sa sœur Mary (Harry Wagner) d’Edmonton (Alberta), son frère Eric (Pamela) de Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), sa belle-mère Verna Seabrooke de Stittsville (Ontario), son beau-frère Kevin Seabrooke (Frances) de Richmond (Ontario), ses belles-sœurs Karen Seabrooke d’Ottawa (Ontario) et Lisa Seabrooke (Tim Boyle) de Melbourne (Australie) et sa cousine Bonnie Campbell (Gilles Duruflé) de Montréal. Il laisse également dans le deuil de nombreux neveux et nièces, petits-neveux et petites-nièces, ainsi que des amis chéris de très longue date. Après avoir obtenu son doctorat de l’Université McGill en 1975, Patrick a consacré toute sa carrière à l’enseignement supérieur, d’abord en tant que professeur et ensuite comme administrateur, notamment au Collège Dawson à Montréal, où il a travaillé pendant vingt-cinq ans, plus particulièrement à titre de Directeur général de 1991 à 2004.

La famille tient à exprimer toute sa reconnaissance au docteur David Small, à l’infirmière-pivot Tara Jesion, ainsi qu’au personnel de l’Hôpital général juif.

La famille recevra les condoléances à la Résidence Funéraire Collins Clarke MacGillivray White, 5610 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal (Québec), H4A 1W5, le vendredi 25 janvier de 19h à 21h et le samedi 26 janvier 2019 de 14 h à 16 h. Un hommage en chapelle sera célébré le samedi 26 janvier 2019 dès 16h. L'enterrement sera au printemps.

Au lieu de fleurs, un don au Peter Brojde Lung Cancer Centre de l’Hôpital général juif serait apprécié à https ://


  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2019


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Guy Demers

January 28, 2019

À titre d’ex-haut fonctionnaire au ministère de l’éducation pendant la période où il dirigeait le Collège Dawson, je garde, de Patrick, le souvenir d’un homme foncièrement bon, aimable, empathique et diplomate. Toujours souriant, avenant, et respectueux, Patrick a su gagner le respect et l’estime des personnes de son environnement professionnel. Mes sincères condoléances à sa famille et ses amis.

Stacey Bindman

January 27, 2019

I taught for 30 or so years at Dawson,and fondly remember Patrick. He was a visible presence at Dawson, yet would always say hello to me, addressing me by my first name. For someone who had so much on his mind, and such responsibility, it was very humbling to know that Patrick knew who I was. He also worked very hard to help with the creation of the Dawson Institute of Photography, which later evolved into the Photography department at the College. He'll be sadly missed by all who knew him.

(Mr.) Stacey Bindman

Anne-Marie Pominville

January 26, 2019

C'est avec tristesse que j'ai appris le décès de Patrick.
Son ouverture sur le monde, son sourire, sa joie de vivre, son professionnalisme, son attention des plus dévouées envers sa famille et aussi ses amis, voilà ce que je retiens de Patrick. Je suis une privilégiée d'avoir pu travailler avec lui et je lui dois beaucoup.
Ces derniers mois ont sans doute été difficiles et éprouvants mais ils vous ont permis de l'accompagner jusqu'à la toute fin pour garder que le meilleur de sa belle personne. Courage à vous tous dans cette épreuve et quelle source d'inspiration ce Patrick.
Mes plus sincères condoléances à toi Lana, à son Micheal et à tous ses proches, mes pensées sont avec vous et je partage votre peine.
Étant à l'extérieur du pays, je ne pourrai être des vôtres, hélas!
Repose en paix Patrick.
Anne-Marie Pominville

Hélène Lépine

January 25, 2019

Cher Miguel,
Mes plus sincères condoléances à toi et à toute ta famille pour la perte d’un être si cher et si inspirant.
Hélène Lépine, tu profesora de español en el colegio

Bill and Pat White

January 24, 2019

Our heartfelt sympathy Lana, Michael and family and Woodsworth and Seabrook families. You are in our thoughts here in Victoria, B.C. Peace be with you. May Pat be at rest.
Blessings, Pat and Bill

Sandra ClarkGuillotel

January 24, 2019

It was with sadness that I learned today of the passing of Patrick Woodsworth. I write to you from Beijing where I am a teacher, so I cannot attend the service. I thought you would enjoy reading a few words about my memories of him. I took a German class, my first ever German class, with Patrick over 40 years ago. I met him as a freshman at Carleton in 1977. As a young student of science, I had decided to take a German class as an option and was so inspired by his class I switched my major, It was a decision that changed my life. A few years later we bumped into each other on the road in Montreal and I was proud to show off my by then fluent German. He promptly invited me to accompany him to one of his lectures at Concordia where I happily spent a few hours teaching with this man who was in many ways a mentor to me. Later he wrote my reference letter to study German at Middlebury College. Many people know and remember Patrick for his skill as an administrator. For me, he was the teacher who changed my life. I had the pleasure of becoming a German teacher and later living in Germany. I have deep roots to the country even today.

To his family and friends, I send deep condolences. I have not seen Patrick in over 30 years, but I remember him as a kind and wonderful person, one who I once called "Dr. Wordsworth"! He must have laughed at my faux pas, too kind to point it out. To my 17-year old self, he was like a poet. The world is richer for those of us who had the pleasure to know him and I bid him goodbye. "Ade" Patrick and Danke für alles!

Karen Kirby

January 24, 2019

Dearest Lana, Michael and the extended Woodsworth Family,

What a loss. But what a life. Pat took the gifts he was given and lived life to the fullest; bringing joy, humor, love and friendship wherever he went. He was an amazing son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, colleague, neighbor - the list can go on and on but to me he was a true friend. I will cherish the memories I have of our times together, whether it be Montreal, Ottawa or Swan Lake. And I will miss him.

Cecil Welch

January 23, 2019

An enlightened educator and a wonderful person to work with. A great loss.

Carol Milojkovich

January 22, 2019

I worked at Dawson College while Patrick was there. He was such a down to earth, unpretentious person. I enjoyed chatting with him on many occasions. Once he and I ran into each other at the mall on our lunch breaks and he came purse shopping with me! He was amazing.

Lucie Genevieve Lambert

January 22, 2019

Patrick restera à jamais dans mes souvenirs: sa passion pour Dawson et le monde de l’éducation, son amour du fait français, la fierté qu’il éprouvait lorsqu’il parlait de sa famille, la retraite tranquile à Swann, les repas simples entre amis, les discussions autour d’un feu de camp... Toutes mes sympathies à Lana, à Michael et à toute la famille.