It is with great sadness that Hockey NL announces the passing of the late Francis Wiseman at the Health Sciences Centre on Monday, November 15th, 2021, aged 77 years.
Frances was first elected to the provincial minor hockey executive in 1987-88 and progressed in several positions until she became the first female provincial minor hockey chair in 1990-91. She served in this position for five seasons. She was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.
Predeceased by her husband William J. Wiseman; parents Timothy and Catherine Flynn of Buchans, NL; grandparents: Matthew and Mary Lannon of Fortune Harbour, NL and James and Elizabeth Flynn of Norris Arm, NL; and brother Matthew Flynn. Leaving to mourn her son William (Jill); grandson Jensen; brothers Joe (Myrtle), Jim (Isabelle) and Tim (Yukari); and sisters: Mary, Carmel, Elizabeth (Ed), Eileen and Ellen. Frances taught for 30 years with the Roman Catholic School Board. She taught at St. Joseph’s, Mary Queen of Peace and St. Paul’s. During a 26 year period from 1976 to 2002, Frances Wiseman made valuable contributions and devoted plenty of time and effort to the betterment of hockey within Newfoundland and Labrador. This is especially true for minor and female hockey and the results of her work continue to assist the growth and improvement of hockey provincially. She was then inducted into the Hockey NL Hall of Fame in 2006. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of both the Emergency Room and 4SA at the Health Sciences Centre for your care and support. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors at Caul’s Funeral Home, LeMarchant Road on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Flowers graciously accepted, or donations in Frances’ memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy’s Cancer Care Foundation.
Her spirit will remain with our association.