Kathleen (Kay) Mary Woodford

November 23, 1961 to February 10, 2023


The funeral service for Kathleen Woodford will be livestreamed for those unable to attend.

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Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on February 10, 2023, after a
courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Kathleen Mary Woodford.

Predeceased by her parents Thomas Patrick Woodford and Judith Mary Woodford (Herder) and infant brother Daniel.

Leaving with cherished memories, her sons Nick and Sam Dobbin, and daughter Claire Dobbin
(Adam Parsons); brother Andy and sister-in-law Laura; brother Tim; cherished niece and
nephews Lily, Thomas and Daniel; Uncles and Aunts Jim and Gail Herder, John and Elsie
Woodford, Patricia Woodford; many, many special lifelong friends; several dear cousins of the Woodford, Kennedy, Herder and Carnell families; many treasured members of the Dobbin

Kay’s infectious personality and smile lit up the room and she always had a cheery “Hi beauty!”
or “Hi darling!” greeting for everyone she encountered. She radiated kindness and affection in every step and was always thoughtful in her actions and her words. She dearly loved her family and friends and was happiest when they were all gathered together. A lifetime lover of playing a game of cards and having a chat: from playing 120s on Downing Street with friends, to weekly games with her dedicated Bridge mates, and finally Cribbage at the dinner table with her children – who she had trained well in the art. Her other passions included sailing, which was fostered from a young age on her father’s iconic Tom Cod, as well as an enduring devotion to singing and music, exemplified during her time with Lady Cove Women’s Choir.

Always eager to lend a hand, Kay’s very first volunteer experience coming out of university was with the Boys and Girls Club of St. John’s. She offered her time and expertise to numerous
other organizations since, including: board member of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival; committee member of Blind Date with a Star, in support of Learning Disabilities
Association of Newfoundland and Labrador; board of directors with Newman Sound Men’s
Choir; chair of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Silver Ball; board of directors with the
Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra; committee member of the Dr. Jack Hand Legacy
Foundation; committee member of the Canadian Cancer Society Festival of Trees; founding
member of the award winning Lady Cove Women’s Choir; member of Newfoundland and
Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs and served on their annual awards jury; and
Ambassador with the St. John’s Board of Trade.

Special thanks to the countless friends who offered their support during Kay’s illness, and who brought a smile to her face with their visits and flowers. The family is also extremely grateful to Dr. Marie O’Dea, Dr. Dawn Armstrong and members of the Eastern Health Palliative Care Team for the care and comfort they brought to Kay in her final days.

Family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, on
Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Friday, February 17, 2023 from
2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at Cochrane Street United Church on Saturday, February 18, 2023
at 11 a.m.

Kay loved flowers, so they are gratefully accepted, or donations in her memory may be made to the Dr. Jack Hand Legacy Foundation or a charity of your choice



2-4 p.m. on February 16, 2023

7-9 p.m. on February 16, 2023

2-4 p.m. on February 17, 2023

7-9 p.m. on February 17, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Saturday February 18th

Cochrane Street United Church


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To Kay’s children and the Woodford family, I am so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. As part of the the Commerce class of ’84, we were blessed by the warmth, joy and camaraderie that Kay brought to every occasion. She went on to lead a remarkable life of achievement and giving. She clearly holds a special place in the hearts of all that knew her.

Such sad news. I went to school a year behind Kay at Pius X and Holy Heart. We went to many of the same (numerous!) school music events. I remember spending a beautiful, relaxed afternoon with her and some others one summer in Holyrood. We might have even played cards! She had such a special smile, and a unique sense of humour.

Tim and family, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister. Sending hugs to you and the Woodford families.

This is indeed very sad news. Kay was such a beautiful soul.It has been many years since our paths have crossed, but Kay is unforgettable. My deepest condolences to her family and legion of friends.

Sincere condolences to all of Kay’s family. She was a lovely person and it was a pleasure to work with her at my time at Tom Woodford Chrysler. Rest in Peace Kay.

Dear Andy,
I remember Kay fondly growing up in St. John’s and she was always laughing and smiling, always happy. I remember I loved her hairstyle so much that I asked my mother to cut my hair like Kay’s. So very sad for your family and friends, my heart goes out to you all. I pray for peace, grace and strength. God bless you. Sincerely, Virginia Montoya

Our deepest condolences to the Woodford family, as well as the multitude of friends Kay garnered over the years who she made feel like family..
Angela and I are two of the Commerce Class of ’84 alum who had the privilege to get to know Kay through the early 80’s. She quickly established herself as one of our ringleaders through her Herculean efforts to organize every class event and her congenial disposition, treating all with kindness, grace and humour.. I was also fortunate to continue studies with Kay at McMaster University where she was as quick to gather friends on the Mainland as she was at home.
We will miss her dearly but will forever treasure the memories of our days together.

My heartfelt condolences to Kay’s dear family, friends, and all who loved this beautiful human. Such a loss , too strong to comprehend . May she Rest In Peace .

To the Woodford family
A beautiful service for a beautiful lady.
What else can you say about Kay , that Father Paul hasn’t already eloquently stated at the funeral.
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Paul and Susan Hiscock

To Claire, Nick, and Sam i am so very sorry for your loss. A loss to us all. Your mom was such a beautiful person inside and out and I know she is so proud of you. I’ve known Kay since high school singing with marvelous Sr. Katherine, then in university, and finally as a parent at my school. Here’s a little anecdote to help describe this wonderful soul:
Every few years we would take the choir and band students on a music trip, and inevitably there’s a few wonderful kids who even with fundraising were not able to join us. Kay is one of a few parents that for years I could call upon to anonymously pay the students’ cost. One time I had a lovely 14 year old guy who really had a gift but the parents were not in a position to pay the trip. I had this student sing “Home” by Bublé, and sent the tape to Kay. Within hours she emailed me back: ” How much Susan? This kid is so talented…he’s going!” I thanked her for her constant kindness and she just said ” I’m so glad I’m able to help.”
Kindness, beauty and personality galore. I am sure you are so proud of your mom.

Claire, Nick and Sam
I was so sad to hear about the passing of your beautiful Mom. We all loved seeing her during her many visits to Rennie’s River Elementary, and she showed kindness to all. I can see her now rushing down the hallway for parent teacher interviews with that big smile. Please accept my deepest condolences, and know I’m thinking about you lots.

Kay ♥️ all my love to the family. I sang with Kay in Lady Cove and loved her. Much love to all as you grieve the loss of a true force.

My warmest condolences to Kay’s family & friends. To think of Kay is to picture her infectious smile. Always a smile. Indeed, much too young.. A beautiful service.

A beautiful and deeply touching funeral service worthy of one who had great and positive impact on many others. She was very worthy and deserving. I cannot attest to her vast multitude of achievements; I can attest to how kindly and respectfully she treated others. That is the legacy of Kay I will remember.

Sincere condolences to Andy and all the family on Kay’s passing. Such an amazing woman that impacted so many lives.
May the memory of that great legacy give each one of you strength ,hope and comfort in these days of sadness and grief.
Hold those beautiful memories close at heart.
Rest softly Kay.
Andy and Agnes Careen.

A wonderful goodbye today for our beautiful friend . Sam, Nick and Clare, your Mom has left a spectacular legacy and lots of support to lean on . Take care.

Beautiful ceremony online, wish I could have been there to hug Nick, Claire and Sam. I am sure the rest of the Hickman family has been giving them all the hugs in my absence.
Will miss my beautiful friend Kay dearly. Will miss her smile, her hugs, our chats, and the joy she’d bring to every situation.
Love and miss you, Kay the Great.

She was a force of positive energy. Condolences to the family.

Kay was loved by so many.
She started helping with Blind Date( our fundraiser for Learning Disabilitues) early on and was the best at reaching out to local celebrities to take part.
Kay knew them all and no one could say no to Kay.!
She really helped this fundraiser take off and I can’t thank her enough.
I will miss her deeply and wish to send my sincere sympathy to her children who she was so very proud of!

To Kay’s family & friends,
I am so terribly sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this very difficult time.

I am sharing in your sadness as you remember Kay.
Rest in peace beautiful lady.
Karen Stewart

As I am watching, while travelling out province, the beautiful service for our dear Kay I am remembering and celebrating her as well. Her beautiful heart and soul will continue to inspire me to be the best person I can be. Kay’s many legacies will live on and serve to remind us all of of the importance of love, laughter, kindness,, generousity., and compassion . May Kay rest now in love and peace having lived her life so, so beautifully.. Heartfelt condolences to Kay’s beautiful family and dear friends. ❤️

I first met Kay at University, Commerce ’84. She had that disarming smile then, as in the photo displayed. Would light up the room. Throughout life you meet few people who are special by what they give to others. Kay was certainly one of those. Never one to say no, no matter what the ask. My sincerest condolences to her family. Give like her, and the world will be yours.

Brian Murphy

Kay was a beautiful, kind and generous woman. Always smiling and spreading her light. The world has lost a bright soul but now there is one more shining star in the heavens. Our sincere condolences to her children, brothers and all her family and friends.

Claire, Nick and Sam,
We, like so many others are deeply saddened by the passing of your mom. She was a beautiful person who had an enormous gift to light up a room and make anyone feel special . You and your family are in our thoughts.

Andy, Tim and extended Families,
I was saddened to hear of Kay’s illness and passing. She was a bright light to all that knew her. Although our paths did not pass often, she always made a point to stop and chat. Thinking of you all at this sad time. She will be dearly missed by so many. Hold on to your beautiful memories ❤️
Robin Carnell Hussey

Kay’s family and ours goes back a long way as our parents were good friends. When our father Bill died a few years ago it was Kay who not only arranged a singer for us but the full Lady Cove Choir to sing a beautiful rendition of Auld lang syne. For that we were all ways be grateful..
kay seemed to be everywhere, full of energy and spirit touching so many lives as she went.
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Hang on to the memories of this beautiful lady who has left her precious mark on so many.
Susan, Janet, Sandra and Lillian Case

My deepest condolences and love to you and your family. Kay was a beautiful person who felt good to be around. Just the most sparkling of people. And that smile!!
I will miss her dearly.

Sending my deepest condolences to Kay’s family and friends!

Andy, Tim and family. Kay’s beauty inside and out is such an inspiration and light for us all. We remember well St. Pius X days in the 70’s and Kay’s smile and genuine affection for others. Deepest condolences Paul and Karen Fowler

Our sincere condolences to Andy, Tim and all of Kay’s loved ones. We shall never forget her sparkling blue eyes her laughter and her love of life. We wish our paths had crossed more often.
Dan and Roma Herder

Andy, Tim, Kay’s children, and extended family: I would like to add my sincerest sympathy to those of others on Kay’s passing. The world has lost a beautiful soul…too young; too soon…but with all the lovely tributes that have been left on this site, it is quite obvious that many lives have been enriched by Kay’s presence. This is her legacy to you. May it bring you great solace in the days and weeks ahead as you learn to live without her.

I was so saddened to hear of Kay’s illness and passing. I knew Kay and her family from the RNYC. Each Wednesday night and on weekends she would join her Dad and her brothers Tim and Andy and crew to race on Tom Cod. Her Mom would always join them after for the celebrations. I am sure her parents met her with open arms. Kay was a beautiful lady inside and out with a smile that would always radiate from her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her children, brothers and all her family and friends. May her Precious Soul Rest In Peace.

Heartfelt condolences to the Woodford family on this tragic loss. Kay was an absolutely beautiful lady – inside and out – and someone I was so proud to count among my close friends. While our lives went in different directions in our mid-20’s, our friendship always just picked up where it left off, whenever I had the good fortune of running into Kay on trips back home. She truly had a special way of lighting up a room and making people feel good about themselves.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. While this loss is so hard to reconcile, I hope you find comfort in knowing that you were blessed to have had the love and life of a really special person, who ment so much to so many.
Cherish your memories of this incredible lady.

My condolences to Kay’s family. I was one of the many graduates of MUN’s commerce program that had the pleasure of Kay’s friendship at that pivotal time of our lives. She was indeed such a kind, compassionate and positive spirit – so inspiring to all of us. I will miss her genuine gorgeous smile. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

We lived in our house on Pine Bud Avenue for a few years and the Woodfords became our new neighbours, friends and family. Our families grew up together sharing homes and experiences. Memories of Kay were her bubbly personality, infectious laugh and her kindness. She will always have a special place in our hearts.. Kay will missed & always be in our hearts.
The Hanrahans of Pine Bud Avenue.

So saddened to hear of Kay’s passing. She was a beautiful lady, and I remember her more as a young girl when she spent time at her parents’ family summer home in Holyrood. I babysat for her and the boys on at least a number of occasions, and she was always so pleasant and talked to me of her dream of singing. Sending condolences and deepest sympathy to her children, Andy, Tim and all Kay’s family and friends. May her gentle soul RIP. God bless you all.

So so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She had a smile that would light up a room and the personality to match. So grateful to have her as friend through Business School and the years that followed. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends

Nick, Sam and Claire
I am so sorry about your moms passing and my deepest sympathy and condolences are with you. I have many strong memories of her and with you especially on the west coast. She was such a wonderful lady and a good friend. Keep the memories strong to help you through this time. Take care. Gumby

We have kept Kay in our thoughts during these difficult few months. We warmly remember her vivacious personality, engaging smile and genuine kindness.
Our deepest condolences, Kay was a friend to so many.

Our sincere condolences to the Woodford and Dobbin families on the passing of Kay. Kay was in my home room class 402 at Holy Heart and I always remember her big smile and her friendly open heart, Rest in Peace dear Kay.

Kay, you were always so kind and loving to all, I’ll always think of you with a big smile and arms out for a hug. Thanks for all the kindness and laughs. I will miss you lots.

My condolences to the families, very sorry for your loss.

My heart goes out to the Woodford family, and Kathleen’s friends at this horrific time of grief! I knew Kathleen as a child, Tim and I were classmates at St. Pius and my grandmother lived across the street from the Woodfords on pine bud ave! Kathleen, always even as a teen was full of light and grace and would most certainly go out of the way to make you feel comfortable! I would always be in awe of her contagious smile that would instantly make you feel at ease when you entered a room Kay was in! If there were more “Kay’s” in the world, it most certainly would be a better place to live! May you rest in peace Kathleen and may your family take comfort in knowing how her kindness touched so many! My deepest condolences go out to each and everyone in Jays family and her many friends!

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Kay.. She was a beautiful person who shared her light and the warmth of her smile with all those she encountered.
Our deepest sympathy to her family and her many close friends.

Kay will be so missed. Going back over 40 years, and never a cross word, and always a laugh through business school, sailing at the RNYC, helping out and volunteering with the NSO, and of course long chats at the car dealership back in the day, when we’d never know the price of the car we brought, because we were to busy having a good time…. what’s better than that – a life so well-lived but too short.

Heartfelt condolences to Kay’s family and friends. Such a lovely lady with endless kindness. Each encounter was a holiday of its own- magical in every sense. Happy memories of cocktails at Sandy Cove savoring the evening sun, sharing dinners and hearing wonderful stories. He mega watt smile instantly made everyone feel treasured. And those beautiful blue eyes, pools of love and acceptance. You are dearly missed.

I am so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Kay was such a beautiful person, inside and out. She would always have a kind word and smile any time you saw her. My deepest condolences to her family. God bless you.

Sincere condolences to Kay’s family. So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing Paul & Kathi Power

Dear Kay’s Family,

Love’s greatest gift is remembering Kay.
May our cherished memories of Kay bring us comfort.
Take care and God bless.


Sincere condolences to Kay’s children, brothers, family and friends. I have no doubt you are all reeling from her loss and will continue to do so for a very long time to come. Please know that you are being held closely in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this very difficult time. Kay’s impact on so many was far-reaching and profound. Her loss is unfathomable.
Kay and I didn’t see each other much in the last 35 years but that gap in time and distance has done little to erase the extraordinary impact she had on my life. We shared a vast treasure trove of experiences together – living together, traveling, and countless days and nights spent together during university. I cherish each of these memories, Kay’s twinkling eyes and high-wattage smile. Godspeed, my friend.

My sincerest condolences to Kay’s family, Andy and Tim. I have a picture of Kay with that larger than life smile etched in my mind as she is perched behind Skipper as we race across Conception Bay to cross the finish line first. I will always have that memory. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Gerard Flynn, Maura Gaudet

Our parents were friends so Kay and I knew each other. all our lives. She was bubbly and chatty and always exuded warmth each time we crossed paths. It’s clear her love and generosity made an enormous difference in the lives of so many. Her death is a tragic loss; my deepest sympathies to her family and close friends.

I’m very sorry for the loss of Kay. She was an uncommonly kind person and left that impression on countless people. I’m sure everyone who knew her will cherish her memory.

Deepest sympathy to her family.

Andy, Tim, Nick, Claire, Sam and family –
We are thinking of you with deepest sympathy during this time of great sorrow. Kay’s beautiful smile would light up the room. A truly wonderful person is gone too soon. Love from John and Sonia

Heartfelt condolences to Sam, Nick, Claire, Andy & Tim & to their families and all of Kay’s wonderful friends. I will always remember Kay and her beautiful smile and positive energy. She was always so kind to my son Nick and he absolutely adored her. Sending lots of love and prayers to you all at this sad time.
The Gauvreau Family (Nora, Pierre, Nick, Zac and Simon)

Nick, Sam, Claire and family,

There are no words to express my sympathy on the loss of Kay. She was a true beauty and friend to all. I am fortunate to have known her.

Lana and Steve Collins

Andy Laura Tim and family
So sorry for your loss. Hold onto your memories and the legacy she left behind. My heart breaks for all our you!
Hugs MaryLou, Mike, Raymond and Robert ❤️

Nick, Sam, and Claire,

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Your mom made a difference in so many peoples lives and her smile made the world a brighter place. Her bright light will continue to shine on in everyone who knew her. My time spent with her wasn’t plentiful but I am grateful for all the moments I did have..

Thinking of your family and sending lots of love.

Nick, Claire and Sam and family,
There will never be anyone like Kay. Her personality was infectious, she lit up every room. She truly had a gift to make everyone around her feel special.
She adored you and I always looked forward to her sharing your life updates when we saw each other around town. She’s left an incredible legacy. My thoughts are with you as you navigate the days ahead.

Nick, Claire, Sam, Andy Tim and family
With great love comes great grief.
.Kay was loved beyond measure by everyone who knew her. She was a proud mom and a true friend. I will remember our outings, vacations, bridge games and charity events with a smile because Kay made every event fun. She was the spice of life. I will endeavour to live my life with more brightness and fun as Kay did.
I was blessed to call her friend, she is missed by all who knew her
Xo Bernice and Tony Batten

Kay’s infectious smile gave us all a glimpse into her soul. Her kind and gentle manner, her love of life, her love of family, and her love of friends, was evident to all. She was special in every way and made the world a better place through her presence. My deepest sympathies to all the family, and of course, especially to Nick, Claire and Sam.

Nick, Sam, Claire, Andy, Tim and your families, our deepest condolences. Wishing you peace to bring you comfort. Courage to face the days ahead and loving memories, of a beautiful mother, sister, Aunt and friend, to hold forever in your hearts. ❤️

May her gentle soul Rest In Peace.
Will, Joanne, Bill, Tracy Furey and family,.

Heartfelt condolences to the Woodford family on the passing of the sweet, beautiful Kay Woodford. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Kay since childhood and despite not seeing her much in recent years, I have many vivid and wonderful memories of her. She was indeed a very special person, always so caring, friendly, kind and considerate of others. She embraced life and lived her life to the fullest….happy and smiling all the way through. Sadly missed but fondly remembered. Rest in peace.

There is a collective sense of grief throughout the city as so many grieve the loss of such a beautiful person. Kay was loved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.
Please accept my deepest condolences.

Leah, Ken and Patrick,
We were saddened to hear if Kay’s passing. While not unexpected, it is still a shock to the system. We know that you have wonderful memories to sustain you.
Our sincere condolences.
Jeannette, Roy and Jennifer

To Nick, Andy and Families, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Kay many years ago when she was at the Topsail Rd Woodford Motors Dealership. I remember her always looking so happy and welcoming. My sincere condolences to you all.. I hope the wonderful memories of Kay get you through this time. RIP Kay

Such sad news to hear of Kay’s passing. We go back to HHM class of 78. The reunion 5 years ago was so wonderful for old school friends to get reacquainted. She had the same smile, same friendly disposition. and catching up with everyone.
So for all of us….family and friends….
Hold tight all those beautiful memories of Kay close to your heart.. Those are what will get you through.. Lean on family and friends and
Every time you sing a song or listen to one think of her. and smile and sing along.
My condolences

Andy, Tim, the Woodford and Dobbin families:
We are very saddened to hear of Kay’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time and the days ahead .

Micheal & Loretta Maloney & Family

No sweeter person could you ever meet… Kay made you feel special, always interested in what was happening in your life. She will be sadly missed. My condolences to all you loved her.

Kay was an incredibly beautiful person, we feel honoured having known her. Sending our love to all the family.

My deepest condolences to your family. Heartbreaking news of Kay’s passing. She was a beautiful person both inside and out and will be dearly missed.

What can one say on such a great loss? I am truly heartbroken for Kay’s children, brothers, family and friends. Having gone to school with Kay from Kdg. to Grade 9, I know firsthand the kindness, friendship and compassion she extended to all those around her. Kay was one of those girls everyone loved! Her talents were many, which she chose to share in so many ways, as evident in her beautifully written obituary. I shall keep you all in my thoughts and prayers, as you mourn your tremendous loss. Rest in peace, Kay. You were truly one remarkable person, classmate and friend.

Laura and family,

So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Nick, Claire, Sam, Andy and Tim
I am so very sad to hear about Kay’s passing. I have many fond memories of Kay from coming to her house on Pine Bud, St. Pius X and Holy Heart. Kay was a beautiful person who touched so many lives. Please accept my sincere condolences . I thoughts are with all of you.

Heartfelt condolences to Nick,Claire, Sam, Andy & Tim & to their families. Kay was a uniquely kind & beautiful individual who shone light & warmth everywhere she went. She always greeted you with her wide smile & her genuine interest in you & yours.She maintained into adulthood the same lovely qualities that she exhibited when, as a teacher, I first knew her as a sixth grader at St. Pius X school………determination to excel in what she did & unfailing kindness to others along the way. Kay will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

My deepest sympathy to Claire, Nick, Sam, Tim, Andy, Kay’s beautiful eyes, smiling face and bubbly personality has had a lasting impact on everyone who met her. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

God looked around his garden and found an empty place, He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.

He saw your path was difficult and he closed your weary eyes, He whispered to you “Peace be Thine” and gave you wings to fly.

It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone, For part of us went with you on the day God called you home.

Rest In Peace Kay

My sincerest condolences to Kay’s family and friends. I knew Kay from her days as a parent at Rennie’s River Elementary School and though I never taught any of her children I knew Kay and she definitely radiated sunshine and warmth wherever she went. She always put forth positive energy and was a pure delight to be around. This picture definitely personifies her beauty inside and out.

My sincerest condolences to Kay’s family and friends. I was a friend of Kay’s through St. Pius X and Holy Heart of Mary and graduated with Kay in 1978, when she became the High School Prom Queen. No one deserved it more than she.. Kay was a very special, kind, friendly, loving and selfless person in so many ways. She will never be forgotten.

I echo everyone who has left a condolence. I loved bumping into Kay and having a chat. You felt warmed by her smile and her genuine interest in catching up. My children commented, how whenever they met her she reached out with a smile for a hug. She was a beautiful person both inside and out. We send our thoughts to Claire, Sam, Nick and family.

So very very sad to hear of kays illness and passing . Just this past regatta day we had the pleasure of a few drinks and laughs with this “beauty”. At Marcys and David’s annual BBQ . Kay loved life … and her friends and family ….. she was so proud of you her three children 💜. She will be missed by us all .. treasure the happy times .. thinking of you all …
Marilyn and Gerry Greene

It’s been many years since I’ve seen Kay. The picture chosen for her obituary is a true representation of her wonderful personality and beauty. My condolences to her family.

Rest in peace Kay.

Andy, Tim, Nick, Sam and Claire,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all as I hear about Kay’s passing.. So many great memories of time spent with Kay (and the Woodford family) in Holyrood years ago. I hope you find strength in each other and all the cherished memories of your mom and sister. Take care!

Numb for days ….searching for the words since hearing the surprising sad news of the loss of my oldest and first girlfriend Kay. Growing up on Smithville and continuing school together through Pius and Heart.
Kay has always been an angel and has spread her wings .
Prayers and Peace for Kay’s children Sam, Nick and Clare .. and heartfelt prayers for strength for both Andy and Tim along with their extended families.

Andy, Laura & family,
Please accept our condolences on your profound loss. Hope it helps to know that others are with you in thought and sympathy.

Andy, Laura & family,
Please accept our condolences on your profound loss. Hope it helps to know that others are with you in thought and sympathy. Take care, Jane & Carl

Sincere condolences to all of Kay’s family, friends and other loved ones.
We went through the Commerce program at MUN together and while I haven’t seen her since then, the tributes on here perfectly describe how I remember her. Always smiling, vivacious, welcoming, and checking in on others to be sure they felt comfortable and included.
A sweet soul gone far too soon. Life seems very unfair at times.
I hope your many wonderful memories bring you some comfort and peace during this sad and difficult time and in the days ahead. May you always feel her spirit close, wrapping you in love.
What a wonderful legacy she has left. 💞
Sending big hugs and strength. Cherish your precious memories. ❤️❤️❤️

Kay will be remembered for her kind and warm presence.. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Our deepest condolences.

Joanne and Doug Chafe

Kay, rest peacefully., watch over us all, send us memories of you or of funny stories you told us and live on in the hearts of everyone who knew you. There must have been great plans for you to leave so soon. Deepest condolences to Kay’s children, family and dear friends.

Claire, Sam and Nick.

Please accept our sincere condolence on the passing of your beautiful mom.
If mom’s could be rated, she would be number One!!!
Kay was a wonderful Mother, Mentor and inspiration to all who knew her.
Megan loved spending time with both Claire and Kay.
We loved seeing and chatting with her ,at many school events over the years.

Her infectious smile will be greatly missed.

To Nick, Sam, Clare, the siblings, family, close friends please except my condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Kay Woodford was a beautiful spirit May she rest in beautiful peace.
I’m honoured to have known such a beautiful light in our city, we had many fabulous conversations and sips of wine.
A beautiful friendship started when I had the pleasure to care for her Dad.

Kay as given us a wake up call that life is short and we have today and today only. Let’s live life to the fullest, live laugh love enjoy life and dance to life’s music.
Kay always loved that quote of mine.

Chris G. Fudge

So heartbreaking to lose such a vibrant, kind and giving woman. Sincere condolences to Kay’s family and friends.

Nick ,Claire, Sam , the Woodford family and Kay’s many friends,
We are all so very sad to hear of Kay’s passing. Over a span of many years she made many visits to our salon and befriended us all. We will always remember her infectious smile , her many endearments ,and her kind and loving spirit .
Please know we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. She leaves a huge void for all who knew her .
Deepest sympathy
Dale and Hair Factory staff

Nick, Sam,Claire, Andy,Tim and family,
We were so saddened to hear that Kay had passed away. She was a remarkable person and gave so much of herself to help others. Her pain and suffering is over but she has left you all a beautiful gift —- wonderful memories.
We hope those memories will bring you comfort.
Thinking of you all

Such heartbreaking news. My heartfelt condolences to Kay’s precious family and many many friends. My memories of Kay are of a childhood spent at Pius X, and playing in her room at very young age. We both had surgery to our feet at same time. Our mothers had coffee and a chat. Unable to walk Kay and I played. We have lost a beautiful light. Kay is now free. We keep her in our hearts. She is in many many hearts

Our sincere condolences to Kay’s family. A beautiful spirit has left this world too soon. Cherish the countless memories.

Nick & family, sorry to hear of your moms passing, deepest condolences to you all at this very sad time.

Tim, Andy, Nick, Sam, Claire and families,
We are so sorry to hear of sweet Kay’s passing. What a delight she was at all times. Her beautiful smile was indeed her ‘mark’. A loving, fun and caring person that has left us all too soon. May you all find comfort in how deeply loved she was by all who knew and loved her. Rest in peace Sweet Kay xo.

Every time we would see Kay a smile would come to our face. She was the sweetest , kindest and such a beautiful person. Inside and out. She has left an indelible mark on us all. Taken from us too early. Our deepest condolences to Andy, Tim and the entire family.
Ken & Carol

It is with profound sadness that I learn of the passing of our wonderful friend Kay. A true gem. My pleasure from high school onwards to watch her grow, glow and flourish. My condolences to her children, family and. Friends as well as the whole community at their profound loss. Gone much too soon for all of us left behind.

A true star has dimmed and the world shines much less brightly.

Sam, Claire, Nick, Tim and Andy,
So sorry about your mom’s/sister’s passing. She was so kind and thoughtful, always stopping to chat about our boys and your close-knit group of buddies who grew up together. She always shared updates on all of her family with much love and pride. Thinking of all of you ❤️

Andy, Tim and Family

Thinking of you all with deepest sympathy, and remembering Kay with loving thoughts

Linda (curtis ) and Greg jackman

To Kay’s children, her brothers, all her extended family and to her many friends, many of whom became friends in kindergarten, my heartfelt condolences on your sad loss. Her constant smile will be missed and remembered by everyone. May she rest in peace.

Dear Tim, Andy and Lily
Deepest condolences to you and Kay’s family on her passing. She was a beautiful lady.
Sincerely Albert Noftall and Linda Giannou

Sending deepest condolences to all of Kay’s friends, family and loved ones. She always had a kind smile and a warm greeting for all.. Such a wonderful lady and a beautiful tribute to her. May she rest in peace.

I have such fond memories of Kay. I remember Kay as happy, smiling, well liked and absolutely gorgeous. An absolutely marvelous disposition. 🤗 💕 😔 My sincere condolences to Kay’s family. 💕…. To us all – let’s do our best to be more like Kay. Let’s live, while we are still living; in harmony with everyone and everything around us. In the spirit of Kay, spread joy to others. 💕 Helen (Nellie Pumphrey) Oggesen

Andy, Tim & Family,
So very sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Her beautiful smile and personality radiated the room and all people around her. Our condolences and god bless.

To all Kay’s family.. We are so saddened to hear of Kay’s passing. May she rest in peace..

To all of Kay’s family and friends,
Lots of good memories of Kay, going to school, as she lived on Pine Bud Ave, around the corner from my. House on Allandale Rd. Kay would spend lots of time with my late sister, Carolyn, at our house.

So very sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. I got to know her when I was neighbours with Spirit of Newfoundland, where she worked at the time. She helped me plan the most beautiful celebration of life for my late husband, who, coincidentally, also passed away after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. I will always remember her kindness, smiling face and sense of humour. My deepest condolences go to her children and all those who loved her.

My deepest condolences to Kay’s family.

I’m so sad to learn of Kay’s passing. Such a beautiful, kind soul. I’ve known Kay going back to our university days and trips together to Florida. Such fun. Kay was a joy in so many lives and has touched everyone she met. Such a beautiful legacy.

Jane Delbene (nee Oliver)
London U.K.

To Nick, Sam, Claire, Andy and Tim: My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I have known Kay for many years and she was such a special lady. Her beautiful smile and happy personality made everyone she met feel special. She loved her family dearly and always spoke to highly of you. Cherish the wonderful memories of your mom to help you through the days ahead. God Bless.

Tim and Andy,
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and Kay’s many friends. Kay was a legendarily bright light and an infectiously pleasant person. She was the little big sister to every kid in the St. Pius X neighborhood. A smile so big will never be matched. God bless Kay.

Andy, Tim, and Kay’s immediate family ;

I am so sorry to learn of Kay’s passing.

Our condolences and sympathies to your families during this difficult time.

May you find peace and comfort with memories.

Dear Nick, Claire, Sam and Kay’s extensive circle of loved ones,
I was so surprised and saddened to hear of Kay’s passing. Having finished with the Blind Date With a Star Committee (which Kay also brought her bright light to for longer than I did), and then moving to the west coast in 2020, I wouldn’t bump into her as often as I once did. The last time I saw her was at the Elk’s club this fall and at that time I simply assumed I’d see her again at some point in the months ahead – as I always did.
I’ve been searching everywhere for a pic she and I had taken together in 2013 at Nicole and Jamie’s pre-wedding festivities that I will always treasure.
Words won’t bring much comfort at this difficult time, but you must know that your Mom had a way of making everyone feel special. If love and kindness could keep her alive, she would live forever and ever.
Keeping you all in my thoughts and wishing you sincere condolences on this profound loss.
Deepest sympathies,
Amanda Hancock

So sorry to hear of the loss of Kay. Tim and Andy. I will always remember her beautiful eyes and friendly smile in Holyrood and Long Pond with your parents.

So very sorry to hear this sad news of Kay’s death .
Love and prayer to her family in this most difficult loss .

My heartfelt condolences to Claire, Sam and Nick, Andy and Tim and the whole family. Kay was a beautiful person who was was so devoted to both her family and to her community. Sending lots of love and peace to you at this sad time. May she rest peacefully.
Sheilagh O’Leary

Nick, Claire and Sam,
The last time I saw your mom was last summer and she of course was beaming with pride as she shared all the updates about you three.

Babysitting you two – Claire and Sam – in the summer was such a joy. Whilst Kay would often come back later than promised (making me late for summer sports, lol!) I couldn’t help but just laugh and admire Kay’s fun loving spirit and enjoyment of life – she was having too much fun…hence why the tardiness! I remember one time she came back later than expected, sharing a story of how she was behind because she got pulled over for speeding. But always taking it all in stride with her big smile and laugh!

She had the special gift of making you feel like the only person in the room and genuinely interested in your well being – cheering you on. I would say she was one in a million, but not even that is true, because there truly was and never will be anyone like her.

I am in disbelief that she is gone, but her memory and impact will always be felt as she touched more peoples lives than you’ll ever know. May you feel her spirit close to you and take comfort in knowing she will always be looking down on all three of you sending little “winks” from above (probably telling everyone up there how proud she is of all of you).

My deepest condolences to the entire family. My favorite HHM memories include Kay. She was an incredible person who was as beautiful on the outside as on the inside.

Sincere condolences to you all on Kay’s passing. She was a genuinely exceptional lady who always made time for others. I was saddened to learn that she had passed and have no doubt that she will be greatly missed by many.

Paula Walsh Dionne
HHM, class of ‘78

Nick and Family,
So saddened and shocked to hear of your Mom’s passing. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Love Linda, Dave and Brent Newhook

Nick, Sam, and Claire,
My deepest condolences go to you all on the passing of your dear mom. She was a client of mine at Rosewood Spa for many many years and not only was she a client but became a dear friend. We shared many conversations and many of which she spoke of you. She was so proud. She would light up any room and could always bring a smile to anyone’s face.
May the wonderful memories of her bring you much comfort in the days ahead.

Thinking of you all. She was ‘everyone’s sweetheart’.
Xo Kim Hickman

Andy and Tim we were very saddened to hear about Kay’s passing. Condolences to you and your families. David and Michelle Puddester.

Heartfelt condolences to the Woodford family and Kay’s children on her’ passing. She was a beautiful, kind person who brightened every encounter with her warm smile.and positive presence. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

I am so sad to hear of Kay’s passing- many childhood memories – love and prayers to her friends and family

Condolences to the Woodford family.
Bobby Baker, Woodford Motors employee, 1992-94

Dearest Kay Kids,
You were given the most precious gift of a mother who actually set the people around her aglow with her warmth, inclusiveness and loving kindness. Her motto could have been this one: leave every single person you meet feeling better than how you found them. She loved everyone. Left no one outside the sphere of her beautiful beingness.
To say that she has left a gaping hole in the hearts of all of us who were fortunate enough to move in her orbit is a paltry statement.
To quote her dear friend Yvonne, “there appears to be a vortex of grief over the city of St. John’s” which I can say reaches all the way to California.
We are all of us gutted but our state is nothing to what yours is, that I know with certainty.
You will however learn to navigate around this void as you must and as the rest of those who love her will manage to do. It is all that we can do.
I wish you comfort when it seems impossible to feel anything other than pain and I wish you hope when hopelessness engulfs you. I wish you waves of joy, knowing that she is only a thought away and happily wrapped in her mother’s arms even as she watches over you with all the love in her soul. I wish you these things with all of the love in my heart.
My husband Paul knew your mother from when they were a bunch of kids on the beach in Florida and that she was very accepting of him (a little snot from the Battery -edit Renee) into her friend group and passes on his deepest sympathies.

Andy, Laura and family, so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing, , she was a force – a force in a great way, that infectious smile, always had something good to say about everyone she encountered. We are grateful, she touched our lives. Let her fill your hearts with smiles, and love. Corie and Stephen

So sad to hear this news . It has been many years since I spoke to Kay but needless to say…what I do remember …she always greeted everyone with a smile. In fact, I don’t think I was ever in her company when she didn’t have a smile on her face.

Sincere condolences., Bob D

Andy, Timmy, Nick, Sam, and Claire,

So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. I’ve known Kay since our school days together at St. Pius X. Kay was always pleasant and gracious. She enjoyed a great conversation and a lively debate.

Kay will be sorely missed!

God Bless You Kay!✝️🙏

Brian, Mabel and O’Grady Family
Barrie, ON.

Our sincere condolences to all the family. I am unable to attend but my thoughts and prayers are with each one of you,

John Antle and family

To Tim and Andy and all of Kay’s family;
We were so very saddened to hear of Kay’s passing. She was delightful lady … so generous with her time in many community activities as well as being a successful business person. She touched in a positive way all who had the privilege to meet her along life’s journey. We extend our most sincere condolences to the family.

Nick and family,

Condolences on the loss of your mother. Thinking of you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in all your wonderful memories..

A beautiful woman – inside and out. Her bright smile was almost sure to make you feel like a million bucks. Rest easy sweet Kay ♥️ sending love and condolences to all the family, but especially her beloved children.

The beautifully written tribute says it all. Kay was such a warm and caring person. She radiated kindness and love. She was funny and very capable. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Dear Claire, Sam and Nick:
I was so sad to hear of your mums passing!! She was such a beautiful , kind and caring soul!! She was so proud of you all and welcomed all your friends with open arms!! Your mums love is all around us !!
Love Sarah OGrady

So sorry for your loss. I remember Kay from high school, such a beautiful person inside & out. RIP Kay.
Class of ’78.

Dear Nick, Claire and Sam:
Your Mom was one of the most amazing women I have ever met. She gave tirelessly of her time and resources to support the many organizations she believed in. Her love light will shine on forever through you, her children, and all the family and friends who adored her!

Sincere condolences to Kay’s children and family. An amazing person who will be forever missed by those whose lives she touched in so many ways. May your beautiful spirit soar with the angels.

So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. My sincere condolences to the Woodford and Dobbin Family.


Nick, Claire and Sam
On behalf of our family we wish to extend our sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful and loving Mother.. Kay was a special person to both family and friends alike. Her perpetual smile and glowing personality was a constant whenever you were in her presence.
Having been a close friend for nearly 50 years we saw the joy she experienced sharing in the success of all her kids and the outpouring of love and support which has been evident over the last number of months is a testament to the wide circle of friends who loved her dearly..
While it is a difficult time for you all, you can take strength and pride in the lasting impression she has made on everyone she touched over her lifetime and in keeping with her personality she was stoic to the end. She will be missed by all of us.. Tommy, Rhonda Williams and Family.

To the Family
I am so deeply sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. I have many cherished memories of our childhood/school days at St. Pius
and Holy Heart. Lots of fun times at her house on Pine Bud Ave.
Kay had such a beautiful personality and infectious smile.
She will be dearly missed.
Cherish your wonderful memories.

Marlene Jesso

Andy and family, so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. So sad to be gone far too soon. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Thinking of you all at this difficult time, sincerely Paul and Sharon Moores

Love you Kay. So many cherished memories. ❤️

I had the pleasure of meeting Kay through Flower Studio. She was so sweet and pleasant. She loved chatting with us while we creating beautiful bouquets/arrangements for her. Even when I would run into her outside the studio, she always said hello and had a little chat with me. She was such a genuinely kind and caring person. I know she will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure in knowing her. My sincerest condolences to her family.

Kay was a bright smile and a warm hug to all that knew her. Our thoughts and love to her children and family. We have great memories of fun times in Toronto and here in the early 80’s, and we were honoured to have Kay sing at our wedding. The experience of Kay’s beautiful voice and shining smile from the balcony of Cochran Street church will be a memory to treasure forever. We love you Kay! Love from Jim and Lucy

Kay was a bright light for all you knew her. Kay’s empathy, kindness and selflessness is her legacy for all that were lucky enough to have spent time with her. My deepest condolences to her family..

So sorry to hear that Kay hass passed away. Our condolences to to The Woodford and Dobbin family.
Kirk and Bev Fleming

We are so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Pat grew up with the Woodford’s and has many fond memories from school and Larch Park. I won’t forget, Hi Darlin’, and a few really powerful, personal conversations dating before our children to recent years. Even though I was more of an acquaintance, Kay always made you feel like part of her inner circle. We will miss her. Our prayers go out to her lifelong friends and siblings and most especially her three children.

Kay was always such a welcoming and kind to me over the years.. She was one of a kind and her loss is much too soon. My condolences to her family and friends.

Dear Andy, Tim and family.

Please accept my condolences. Kay truly lit up a room with her infectious smile and happy demeanour. I have wonderful childhood memories of our trips to your place in Holyrood , sailing on Tom Cod I & II and of course going to Besso’s store. So sorry for your loss.

I will always remember prom when Kay was the prom queen… A group of us ended up at McDonald’s for breakfast and Kay got a picture taken with two Mounties … She was a great person … and a great friend…

Andy and Tim sorry for your loss. Kay was a very special person.

To Kay’s family and friends I express condolences on the passing of Kay. We grew up in the same neighborhood.

Claire, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I only met her a couple of times and after speaking to her I felt like I knew her forever. She had such. a genuine and loving personality. Adam spoke very highly of her. and considers himself blessed to have known her. She sent him numerous messages of encouragement and kindness. She truly was a beautiful soul. You have support from all your wonderful friends so lean on them. You have loving memories of your mom that no one or nothing can take from you. You now have a guardian angel watching over you and your family.

Sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Condolences to her family and friends.

My beautiful, life long and faithful friend. I will miss you forever. Be at peace. Your work is done.