Norman passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener after a brief and courageous struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis on March 2, 2021 at the age of 93.
Predeceased by Beryl, his beloved wife of 65 years. Dearly loved father of Wendy Atkins (Derek), Sabrina Persaud (Narine), and Karen Horton (David). Cherished Grandfather of Richard (Felicia), Amanda, Steven (Cindy), Alex (Viktoria), Jeffrey (Keira) and Kaila. He was delighted to be the Great Grandfather of Titan, Seychelle and Charlotte.
Norman was the treasured son of Sydney Norman (Sr) and Celeste Maude, both deceased. He is survived by his sisters Beryl, Barbara (Yogin) and Norma (Geoffrey), sisters-in-law Vernie (Bidda), Joyce (Jack), Mary and Carmen. He was proud to be the patriarch of his family and was cherished by his many cousins. He was the beloved uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. He will be remembered fondly by his large extended family and many friends throughout the world.
Born in Guyana, Norman, Beryl and their children immigrated to Montreal, Quebec in 1971 and Norman remained a proud Guyanese-Canadian throughout his life. He enjoyed recounting his memories of growing up in Guyana and sharing many amusing stories from his youth. In Guyana, Norman worked at The Demerara Life Insurance Company before working at various oil companies during which he enjoyed extensive travels. In Montreal, he was the valued Accountant for Seltzer’s drug stores. He was an avid cricketer who enjoyed nothing more than discussing the finer points of the game. He was a snooker champion, enjoyed playing cards, listening to music and watching movies from his era and also playing computer games. He had a love affair with automobiles throughout his life as evidenced by his collection of miniature cars.
Norman and Beryl treated everyone they met as family and enjoyed socialising with everyone. Their home was always open to their children and their friends and they hosted many parties which everyone remembers fondly as fun events – those were the best of times! They shared a love of dancing and we know they are now reunited, dancing together in Heaven. Above all, they were devoted to their children and will be sadly missed by all their family– the examples and principles they set will guide them throughout their lives.
After many years in Quebec, Norman and Beryl moved to Ajax, Ontario where they were lucky to enjoy the love and friendship of family and friends. For the last few years of their lives, they moved to the Doon Village Retirement Residence in Kitchener where they could be close to Wendy and her family and the family is all grateful for the care extended to them while there. When Beryl passed away 2 years ago, a large portion of his heart went with her and while we grieve that he is no longer with us, we are comforted knowing they are together again.
His family wish to thank Dr. Johansen & Dr. Guy for his care in the last years and Dr. Coyen and nurses Daria, Tigist and Rebecca as well as all the doctors and nurses in the Emergency Department and Respiratory ward at the St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener for their care during the last days of his life as well as the kindness extended to his family during this special time.
Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service to celebrate Norman’s life with family and friends will be held at a later date when the COVID restrictions are lifted and it is safe for everyone to gather together.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The SickKids Foundation of Toronto at www.sickkidsfoundation.com or a charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated.
Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremations.com.