John Gordon Woolford
John Gordon Woolford died peacefully on Tues., July 10, 2007 at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. He was 63.
He was the beloved husband of Kathryn (Thompson). He was the loving step-dad to Wes, Scott, and Kent (Shannon). He was grandpa to Heidi, Ellie, Justin, and Katelyn. He was predeceased by his parents Maurice and Marion (Gladman). He was the cherished brother to Valerie and the late Norman. He was the nephew of Irene (Broad) and uncle to Shannon and Michael.
He was an avid fan of car racing. He was a member of the Ottawa Motorsport Club, winning “first overall” in 1977 at Sanaire, Que. in his “orange pumpkin” Datsun. Immediately after graduating from Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology, John pursued a career of 33 years with the Department of Transportation, retiring as head of Public Complaints, Analysis, and Investigation for Road Safety. His knowledge of motor vehicles and their faults was encyclopedic. He was considered a mentor to his staff. He was an arbitrator of disputes, recognized for his fairness, kindness, and honesty. He was much respected within the automotive industry of Canada, the United States, and Japan.
The funeral service was held in the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry in Ottawa on Sat., July 14 with Venerable Archdeacon Christopher Dunn officiating.