May 16, 1929 – July 5, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with great sadness that we announce Norm’s peaceful passing, surrounded by his loving family, at Cairnsmore Place in Duncan, BC, on July 5, 2022.
Norm was pre-deceased by his parents Henry and Carrie Janzen. Norm is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Barb; daughter: Jennifer (Wayne Hughes); sons: John (Kellee) and David; grandchildren: Kevin, Holly (Richard), Jadelynn (Mitch), Jocelyn (Danny), Joey, and his four great granddaughters: Gracelyn, Lennon, Rayna and Rylee. Norm is also survived by his two sisters: Rita Kilmartin and Carol (Jim Peterson), and two brothers: Gerry Janzen and Richard Janzen and many Nieces and Nephews.
Norm was born in Wembley, Alberta on May 16, 1929. When he was a very small boy the family moved to Vancouver Island where they first settled, for one year, in Shawnigan Lake and Norm’s Dad (Henry) worked in the local sawmill until it burnt down. It was after that when Henry got a new job at the Youbou Sawmill, the family moved and finally settled in Youbou, living on the foreshore of beautiful Cowichan Lake. As a boy Norm loved living on the Lake, swimming and fishing was always a lot of fun.
Norm also worked, for over 43 years, in the Youbou Sawmill as an overhead crane driver and then running the warehouse up to his retirement. Norm met Barb when she first started teaching at Yount Elementary School, they married in 1961 and two years later they started their family. When the lakefront lot next to his Mom and Dad’s property came up for sale Norm quickly bought it and J.L. Peterson Construction Ltd., built Norm and Barb’s dream home.
Dad was a ball player and coached Little League, he also loved bowling, curling, golfing and, of course, fishing with his boys. After Dad’s retirement from the Youbou Sawmill he had more time to spend golfing in the Men’s and Seniors Leagues at March Meadows in Honeymoon Bay. Grandpa also enjoyed his time spent in the yard planting his vegetable garden, growing dahlias, roses, rhododendrons and his many hundreds of gladiolas, as well as, cutting the grass on his ride-on lawn mower. Grandpa also loved cheering on his two favourite teams, whether they were winning or losing, the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Blue Jays. During the last few years at home Norm would sit and watch the activities on the Lake, always looking to see if an otter or mink would swim up onto the dock.
The family would like to thank the doctors who cared for Norm over the years and also a big thank-you to the entire staff at Cairnsmore Place who gave kindness and compassionate care to Dad for the past 2½ years, it is so greatly appreciated.
At Norm’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, kindly please donate to your favourite charity.
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