FRENCH, Cynthia Douglas (Templeton)


Cynthia Douglas (Templeton) French, an extraordinary woman who lived life on her own terms, soared away peacefully on Friday, July 28, 2023. Diagnosed only 11 weeks earlier with advanced pancreatic cancer, she bravely chose to embrace the MAiD program to conquer her struggle. She approached her transition to the next adventure with grace, humour, elegance, and wisdom, surrounded by her loving family.

Cynthia’s parting words: "It's a wonderful world. Tell everybody. Be kind."

Born in St. John’s, NL, on September 5, 1952, to Robert and Kate Douglas (Winter) Templeton, Cynthia experienced the joys and challenges of a life well-lived, if too short. She leaves behind a legacy of love and family.

She is survived by the love of her life, Leslie James French (married February 6, 1971), her children and their families: Steven French (Roberta White) and their children, Aiden and Liam French, and Erina and Max White; Susan French (Joshua Abiscott); and Nancy French. Cynthia is also survived by her sisters and their families: Susan (Ruediger) Pahl and their three children, Kathryn Templeton (Carol Greenaway), and Gillian Templeton (John Burger). Their lives have all been enriched by her constant love, guidance, support, and humour.

Cremation has taken place and celebrations of life will take place in the fall in Nova Scotia and next spring in Newfoundland.

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