RETTIE, Norman Frank
July 7, 1917 ~ May 16, 2010
Our father passed away peacefully, just short of his 93rd birthday. With all of his goals accomplished it was time to join the love of his life Marion (Mike), who left us this past January. Dad is survived by his 4 adoring children, daughters Joan (Walt Johnsen) and Scampi (Larry Hirst) and sons Norm (Kathy) and Steve (Sandy). Grandchildren Sean (Kim), Luke (Normandie) Josh, Drew, Kaeleigh (Dino) and Paul (Karen). Great grandchildren Leighton, Lachlan, Callum, Carter, Tag and Reese as well as many nieces and nephews in eastern Canada. He was predeceased by his sisters, Rhoda, Peggy and his twin sister Nora.
Norman was born and raised in Montreal. As a young man he was quite the athlete, we still have the team picture of the semi-pro football team he played for in Westmount, Montreal. He was one of only a few surviving WWII fighter pilots and although very reserved about it, he was extremely proud to have served and the life long friends he acquired. The best part of his life, however, began with his introduction to a beautiful young lady from New Brunswick, Marion Dolphin and their subsequent marriage on July 7th, 1942.
Dad was a wonderful father, provider and mentor. He taught us perseverance, compassion, respect, tolerance, how to truly love someone and best of all how to be a better person. Those who knew him will remember his incredibly quirky sense of humor which was always delightfully teasing. He shared all these traits with a long list of friends and acquaintances and we thank you all for your love and support.
Dad had a wonderfully full life from his birthplace in Montreal to homes in St Stephen, N.B., Beaconsfield Que., North Vancouver and lastly in Fanny Bay, B.C.
Our father will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his loving family and many many friends from coast to coast.
“Our wish is that our children will be as proud of us as we were of our parents..”
At his request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the charity of your choice.