Norm was an only child born in Victoria to Irja and Charles Boden. He was an avid golfer from an early age and turned pro at 19 years old while at Gorge Vale Golf Course in Victoria. It was there that he met his future wife, Genevieve Whale. Soon after he had an opportunity to go on tour as a professional golfer but passed it up to settle down and start a family. However, he did play in several international tournaments and placed well. He was the first hired pro at Chemainus Golf Course and worked there from 1961 to 1965. Some of the long term members would remember his pet monkey who occasionally stole golf balls and chocolate bars. He then moved to Cowichan Golf Course where he worked as greenskeeper for 6 years and continued to offer professional golf lessons. His dream was to build a course of his own so after reviewing many locations he chose property in Honeymoon Bay and proceeded to design and build March Meadows Golf Course with the help of three other partners in 1970. He worked there as pro and head greenskeeper for over 20 years. He also worked at the local mill to supplement his income while building the golf course. His proudest accomplishment at the course was instructing a young junior player by the name of Dawn Coe (now Dawn Coe-Jones). During his years at Chemainus, Cowichan and Honeymoon Bay, Norm and Genny raised four children. He later spent 6 years as pro at Lake Point Golf Course in Charlie Lake near Fort St John but returned to Honeymoon Bay before eventually selling his shares in March Meadows and semi-retiring. He continued to give lessons and assist with greenskeeping at Funpacific Golf in Duncan for a few years.
Norm leaves behind his wife Genny of 56 years, his son Chuck Boden and his three daughters Penny Boden (Alan), Sandra Vermiere (Jeff) and Wendy Boden (Rondine). He also leaves behind 10 grand children and 2 dogs.
There will be no formal service by family request. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.