The Francis Family


On the conclusion of his term as Speaker, Francis was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. In late 1984, the new Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney, appointed Francis to the position of Ambassador to Portugal. Francis returned to Ottawa at the conclusion of his appointment in 1987.

In 1956, Francis and partner, lawyer Donald Sim, carrying on business as Lynhar Developments, acquired and laid out the Stinson Avenue area of Bells Corners in Nepean. They quickly formed a partnership with William Teron, T.F.S. Lands, to build the houses in Lynwood Village.

The Lynwood Plaza at Bells Corners was built by Francis and Sim’s Lynhar Developments and included what would become the landmark Robinson IGA.

Donald Francis followed in his father’s path in real estate, becoming a property manager before envisioning and developing Thorncliffe Place with his wife Helene in 1989. Since then, they have made Thorncliffe a reputable and respected retirement residence in Ottawa. Their son, Michael Francis, is now the owner of Thorncliffe Place.

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