Jun 25, 1919 – May 24, 2018
Norman passed away peacefully at the Dr. Al Hogg Pavilion (level 2) of the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, BC. He immigrated to Montreal from England with his first wife, Pauline and their son, Nicholas in 1956. He was an insurance underwriter and very proud of his association with Lloyds of London. He worked in Montreal until 1980 when his company transferred him to Vancouver, where he met the love of his life, Joan, his next door neighbour. He always said he married the “girl next door”. They had a long and happy life together, traveling, babysitting grandchildren, (each child got their own “Opa” teddy) and enjoyed retirement to the fullest. Norm had a wonderful sense of humour – his English wit raised many an eyebrow!
He is survived by his loving wife, Joan, daughter-in-law, Margriet of Holland, step-daughter Lynn (Chris) of Calgary, son-in-law Jim (Hazel) of Naramata, BC. Grandchildren Thomas (Agnes), Robert and Marissa (Dennis) of Holland, Alexandra (Brian) and Kaitlynn of Naramata, Cameron (Kilju) of Denmark, and Graham of Toronto and two great-granchildren, Bram (Holland) and Angela (Denmark).
He is predeceased by his father Frederick and mother Lily, first wife Pauline, and their children Nicholas, Elizabeth and Matthew. A Celebration of Life will be held in White Rock to celebrate his 99th year and another in England to celebrate his 100th. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thank-you to all the wonderful staff of the Dr. Al Hogg Pavilion who cared for him and a special thanks to the volunteers of the Peace Arch Hospice Society who sat by his bedside during the night and comforted him until Joan arrived the next morning.