Passed away peacefully in Chemainus. Lovingly remembered by his soul mate June Cridland, step daughters Iris Rich (Carl), Sage Rich, Grand children: Nigel Blackhall (Renee), Codie and Colter McQuay. His sons Douglas, Randy, Mike, Grand children: Bryce, Janine, Paul. Sisters Laura, Dolly (Bob) Toney many nieces and nephews. Special friends Cheryl (Alaska), Don McQuay, Brad Allen, Fred and Caryn Rich. Predeceased by his stepdaughter, Ahne (Bob) Murray in 2011. Brother Ernie, sisters Evelyn and Louise. Infant grandson Chanse.
Norm was born to a pioneer family in Pincher Creek, Alberta leaving to enter the oil Industry where he excelled in his profession for thirty-five years. After returning to university Norman received his MBA at age fifty, retiring as VP of management Unocal Oil. 1986. Norman retired to a small farm on Vancouver Island working beside June, raising turkeys, beef calves and gardens of flowers. 1992 saw a move to the Shuswap, living there with June for sixteen years. He was active in the community serving as president of the Sorrento Lions Club for two terms and rebuilding the cemetery at St. Mary’s church in Sorrento. Norm was active in Scouts Canada and youth sports spending many hours with his sons. He loved June, family, French food, red wine, fishing and music. He was proud of the swing band his family formed, playing for events in southern Alberta. A gentle man with a quick smile a twinkle in his blue eyes. His mission is complete.
“Dad thank you for loving my mother with all your heart, for letting me be your daughter. I will not miss you for you are with me every day. Love you Dad – Sage
A service of Celebration will be conducted at Shuswap Lake Estates Hall, Blind Bay Sunday May 27th 2.00 pm.
In lieu of flowers and if desired donations to the Sorrento Lions Club, Sorrento B.C. or Thompson Rivers University – A-Mother’s Chanse Bursary in memory of Norman would be appreciated.