September 16, 1924 – January 24, 2009
Norman passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 24, 2009. Born in London, Ontario on September 16th, 1924, he is survived by his wife of 65 years Angelina (Ann), daughters Merle Herbert Panico and husband Claude of Bandol, France; Margaret Herbert Timms and husband Bob of Texada Island, Marilyn Herbert Timms and husband Dan of Courtenay; as well as 5 grandchildren and 8 great-granddaughters; nieces, nephews and in-laws.
He was a career soldier who served overseas during WWII and retired from the Armed Forces Signal Corps after a quarter century of service. He then became a realtor and later he and Ann took an early retirement to enjoy the next decade-and-a-half sharing their time between their home at Bowers Lake in the Cariboo and winters golfing in Hemet, California. He had many interests and hobbies and loved to compete.
Ann remembers her life-long best friend for his unfailing kindness, and their busy and fun times together fishing and camping. “It was a 60+ year honeymoon.”
Norm loved British Columbia and called it “God’s Country”. Always a dedicated sportsman he is remembered by his daughters for teaching them his love of reading and the outdoors, that girls should shoot to win, how to draw a bow, shoot a rifle and so much more. They remember with nostalgia those many evenings sitting around the supper table with a pot of tea while they discussed and often debated issues and interests and their daily lives. He was always there for them.
Donations to Canadian Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 12013, Stn BRM B, Toronto, ON M7Y 2L3, in Norman’s memory would be appreciated.
A Service of Remembrance and Poppy Service will take place at the upper level of the Comox Legion Branch 160 on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.