Hoda Eid was born on December 8th , 1957 in Baabda, Lebanon to her parents George Eid and
Madeleine Magid-Thomas. She spent most of her youth in Lebanon where she enjoyed skiing
and going to the beach with her family. In her early teens, her family left Lebanon during the
Lebanese Civil War, and moved to Paris, France where she completed her high school studies.
Her fondest memories from her time in Paris included enjoying their traditional hot chocolate,
baguettes, and laying down the foundations for her lifelong passion for science.
Hoda eventually moved to Montreal, Quebec to start her University studies in basic science at
the University of Montreal. Eventually she went on to complete her PhD in science. Her
research in the effects of hypertension on cardiac molecular and structural physiology earned
her a position at Harvard University as a post-doctoral fellow. At Harvard, she completed
ground breaking research in cardiac stem cells that has led to further research and
development that is used around the world today. Her research then took her to the The
Ottawa Heart Institute, where she started her own lab. Hoda took significant pride in her
research as her work was her life’s biggest passion, and she loved sharing her many experiences
from her conferences. She found immense joy in the work that she produced.
In Ottawa she met her late husband, Franco Ricci. Together they welcomed their only son,
Alessandro. Eventually, Hoda transitioned her work from research to work at Health Canada, in
order to maximize her time with her son. As a manager for the Adverse Drug Reaction Division,
she oversaw all adverse side effects of pre-market medications and negotiated directly with
organizations including the FDA and major pharmaceutical companies. She leaves behind a
significant legacy through her work with the government.
Hoda would spend her summers in Sulmona, Italy with her family, and enjoyed exploring new
cities, eating pasta alle vongole, and being on the beach. Hoda appreciated the simple
pleasures in life and was most content when with Alessandro watching the news, playing board
games and eating chocolate. Everyone loved enjoying the healthy snacks that Hoda would bake
and her friends knew she would always like to go to the movies to see the latest James Bond
film. Hoda was an incredibly intelligent, resilient, and loving woman and mother. She will be
truly missed, but her life story will serve as an inspiration for her family and those who loved her.
Family will be receiving friends at Wartman Funeral Home, Kingston, on Saturday, November 4th, from 1- 4p.m.
Condolences may be forwarded online through wartmanfuneralhomes.com