Born November 18, 1922 in Stratford Ontario as an only child, Norm acquired self-sufficiency at an early age. His parents were coping with the depression, and let him spend summers on a cousin’s farm. He learned that if he told his parents he was on the farm or his cousin that he was home, this offered him unparalleled independence. He rode the rails out to B.C. and back more than once and said that the hobos always took care of him and other younger travelers. He learned to swim by jumping off one bridge over the Avon River and staying above water to the next one. He played Industrial League hockey and was fit and athletic all his life. Norm moved to Toronto to apprentice as a tool and die maker, and met the landlady’s daughter Helen, a fiery redhead who became the love of his life for over 60 years. He married her and became a wonderful dad to Jeffrey and Gordon. Gord predeceased him and he said, “No one should outlive a child, but I’m lucky to have had such a wonderful son.” He was also predeceased by his wife Helen, and daughter-in-law Joy (nee Myers). He will be deeply missed by daughter in law Sheila (nee Givens). When I recently spoke to him, he expressed his wish to be allowed to pass on without undue intervention because, “It really bugs me that I can’t do the things I like to do anymore”. Thanks to the great caregivers at Tapestry Retirement Residence who saw him through to the end. There will be no formal service, but please do something kind in his memory. Rest easy Dad.