Norma de Kepsie White

WHITE, Norma de Kepsie

(nee Rowat)

August 12, 1922 to April 22, 2007

Mom passed away peacefully in her 84th year at Wayside House in Victoria, BC on April 22, 2007 after a short illness, playing from her own song sheet right to the end, as she had lived her life. She was predeceased by her husband of thirty years, Duncan Alexander White, in 1981 and by her sister, Evelyn Rowat-Marcil, in 2001. Mom leaves behind her three sons and their families – Alex and his wife Kelli of Boulder, Colorado, Miles and his wife Yoshiko of Nara, Japan, and Warren and his wife Shirley and granddaughters Alison and Robin of Victoria, BC. Mom will also be dearly missed by all her friends at the Comox, Langley and Richmond Seniors’ Centres, the Windsong co-housing community and music groups in Langley, as well as her fellow marching band members from the Town of Mount Royal and lifelong friends she kept close ties with across the country.

The driving force in Mom’s life had always been her music – from her early triumph at winning second prize for the piano at age eight at the 1930 Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto to her knack of being able to play songs by ear upon first hearing them. She spent endless hours in later years with her prized Yamaha electronic piano and made many recordings of her favorite songs as well as playing for various celebrations and accompanying local seniors in song. Mom also had a passion for reading and a love of words – she was always ready to play a game of Scrabble, especially by her own rules (which allowed her to be “creative”!), and she did the newspaper crossword most every day.

Following her wishes, Mom was cremated and will have her ashes placed in the family plot at St. James Cemetery in Toronto. A memorial tea will be held at the Comox Senior’s Centre. Donations in Mom’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at normadekwhite@yahoo.com.