We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Norman at 94 years of age on August 13, 2015 at the Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge. Norman is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife Lauretta; children Jenni, Reg, and Patsy; stepchildren Rod, Kim, Tom and Sandra; grandchildren Dylan, Evan, Lucas, Tyson, Caitlin, Tom, Cory, Christopher and Aaron; great-grandson Logan; sister Beret; nephews Brian and Garth; nieces Lynne and Debbie; as well as numerous relatives in Norway and many caring friends. Norman was predeceased by his mother Tora and his father John.
Norman was born in Jondal, Norway on September 10, 1920 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1927. They settled in Alberta, where Norm lived until 1941, when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. After discharge in 1945, Norm completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at UBC and later obtained his CGA designation. After moving to Victoria, Norm met and married Dorothy, his first wife, in 1957. Subsequently moving to Kelowna, they had three children and moved to Prince George in 1967, where he worked as an accountant at Canadian Forest Products for much of his career, achieving distinction in a number of areas. Norm later moved to Vancouver, where he met Lauretta, his second wife, marrying in 1984. After retirement, Norm and Lauretta moved to Vancouver Island and settled at Arbutus Ridge, Norm’s beloved home overlooking the ocean.
Norm strove to live the best life possible and was engaged in life to the fullest. He had a keen appreciation for nature, enjoying long walks and hikes in the woods. He enjoyed travel and saw many parts of the world with his family. An avid tennis player throughout his life, he won a number of awards and made innumerable friends through his on-court activities. Also a dedicated wine-maker, Norm produced delectable reds and whites, including a much-loved blackberry wine. Norm was an enthusiastic bridge player through much of his life, playing well into his 90s. Most notably, Norm was a gentleman, a family man and a kind soul who took a genuine interest in people and in life around him. He volunteered his time to help others through a variety of organizations.
A memorial service for Norman will be held at the Arbutus Club at Arbutus Ridge, located at 600 Fairways Place, Cobble Hill, BC, on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. in his name.