While at home in Fanny Bay and in the care of his family, Norm passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early hours of Friday, February 12.
Norm was born in New Westminster, BC, on March 11, 1925, and lived a life of service. During the Second World War, he served as a tail gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He also spent 33 years in the service of the Vancouver Fire Department and, after moving to Ship’s Point, served another 25 years with that community’s fire department, part of that time as Fire Chief.
Norm was a jack-of-all-trades and occupied himself with a number of pastimes. He had a deep fondness for fishing and enjoyed any time he could spend on the ocean. As a man made for the outdoors, Norm also appreciated a relaxing round of golf. Wine was another joy in Norm’s life and he delighted both in making it and in tasting it.
In these hobbies Norm was a fortunate man, for he was able to share them all with his wife, Kay, his closest of companions. The two met while working at H.A. Roberts and though they were young in life and young in the real estate business, their fledgling love was real. They were married 62 years and were by each other’s side right up until Norm’s final evening.
Norm is survived by Kay, by their three sons Steven (Susan), Scott (Mary), and William (Vanutsanun), and by his six grandchildren Sarah, Philip, Andrew, Kazuma, Elias, and Tyler. He will be dearly missed and warmly remembered by all who knew him.
Sarah, his eldest grandchild and only granddaughter, is following in Norm’s footsteps as a member of the Richmond Fire Department.
There will be no service.