Norah Alice (St. Clair) McCallum

Born July 21, 1915, passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving husband of 61 years, Cyril (Mac) McCallum on June 28, 2006 at their home at Morgan Place Care Facility in Surrey.

Norah at 90 is survived by Cyril, daughter Clare, son James (Karyn), son Hugh and daughter Rhona (Ron), grandchildren David, Andrew, Craig, Stephen, Bryan, John, Gordon, Stuart, Grace and Natalie, five great-grandchildren, nephew Paul, cousins Peggie, Peter, Keith and Katharine, and many friends.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Norah was a British Services ATS Corporal when she met Cyril, also of Glasgow and a Royal Ordinance Corps Sergeant, in Italy in 1944.

They married on February 13, 1945 in Naples, Italy.

The couple set up home in Glasgow after the war until 1957 when they immigrated to Montreal, Quebec.

While Cyril had a teaching career, Norah devoted herself to her growing family and to community service.

In 1984, Norah and Cyril moved to White Rock/South Surrey, where they have happily lived near their extended family.

Norah’s volunteer contributions in Quebec included: Royal Canadian Legion Women’s Auxiliary (Roxboro Que. Branch) Executive and President; St. Luke’s Catholic Church (DDO, Que); and the Royal Victoria Order of Nurses (St. Anne de Bellevue, Que).

Once in White Rock/Surrey, Norah set out to continue her volunteer commitment with 16 years with the Peace Arch Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and 20 years with Star-of-the-Sea Catholic Women’s League.

Norah always had a friendly smile, kind words and loved to laugh.

She loved crossword puzzles, scrabble, bridge, reading and knitting.

She had a keen, sharp whit and enjoyed wordplay.

Warm and loving, pussycats seemed to always be purring in her lap or chasing her knitting yarn.

In retirement, she and Cyril loved to travel, and she thrived on meeting new people.

She was a testimonial to enjoying life and helping others.

Many will never know the difference that she made in their lives due to her quiet dedication.

She was a hearty wee soldier.

Dearest Norah, Wife, Mum and friend, we’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places…

Prayers to be heard on Tuesday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. with Funeral Mass to follow on Wednesday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 2250-150th Street, Surrey.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, 15521 Russell Avenue, White Rock, B.C. V4B 2R4, are appreciated.

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