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BABCOCK, Norma (nee Balsdon)

March 30, 1932 – February 13, 2012

Norma Babcock, beloved wife of Barry Babcock, a native of Halifax, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2012 at the age of 79.

Norma was born in Todmorden, a farming community near Toronto. Barry and Norma married on May 23 of 1953.

As Barry served in the RCAF, the couple moved often in the early years of their marriage, living in Summerside, PEI, Winnipeg, MB, London, ON, Chatham, NB, and Wolfville and Greenwood, NS. They continued to live in the Annapolis Valley after leaving the service in 1971. In the following years, they worked to build a family golf business and develop the Paragon Golf Club. They were awarded lifetime memberships for their contributions. Norma and Barry moved to Calgary in 1991 following the tragic death of their son Bryan in 1988.

During her thirty years as a tax preparer with H&R Block, Norma formed many friendships with co-workers and clients alike, who appreciated her caring, conscientious nature and strong work ethic.

Norma developed a passion for golf and treasured the opportunities to play with Barry, her children and her friends. While a good player, she was unable to beat her golf pro husband on the course, but she could beat him every time on the Scrabble board.

Norma had a boundless capacity for love. Never wanting to stand out in a crowd, she dedicated her life to helping others, especially her family members. Subsequent to raising her four boys, she raised her first, adorable “baby girl,” Meadowfield Lady Victoria Lee, her toy poodle.

Predeceased by her brothers Jack and Don, her sister Marie and son Bryan, Norma is survived by her sister Lois (Ivan) Gibson, her husband Barry, her sons Mike (Anna), Paul (Maureen) and Glenn (Lois), seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Norma will remain forever in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved her.

If desired, donations in lieu of flowers may be made the Kidney Foundation of Canada or the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society.

A Celebration of Norma’s life will be held at McInnis & Holloway’s Crowfoot Chapel on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com

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  1. Gord Sarkissian :

    Hi Barry,

    I was saddened to learn of your loss. Norma was always a bright light during my time at Bearspaw. She never hesitated to give me a good kick in the pants whenever she felt I needed it and always provided a bright and sincere smile when I passed her way. Norma was gracious and kind and fun to be with. I always knew where I stood with her. I know she will be missed by all that knew her. All the best to you and your family as you work through this challenging time

    Gord and Tracey Sarkissian

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  2. We are so sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. She was a wonderful person who was full of life. We will remember with fondness her kindness, generosity, and love of life. Norma cherished family and friends and will be deeply missed by all.

    Dawn and Jan

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  3. Ron & Nanette Walker :

    Dear Barry, Mike, Paul & Families
    We were so shocked to here of Norma’s passing. She will leave a huge whole in your family as she was one that always put family first well ahead of herself. Cherish the memories remember the good times as these will be the legacy she has left to you all.
    We too are sharing the same path you are now on as we say our goodbyes to dad.

    Much love
    Ron

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  4. Rick Murphy & Ruth Lambert :

    Barry & Family,

    Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on Norma’s passing. We remember her fondly, and especially her kindness, warmth and laughter from our many get-togethers when we lived on Tuscany Village Court. You are much in our thoughts and prayers.

    Rick & Ruth

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  5. Elsie and Ron Simpson :

    Please accept our sympathy. It is never easy to lose a loved one. We didn’t know Norma very well but I would have liked to tell her that she raised a fine son in Glenn, and I’m sure his brothers as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Elsie and Ron Simpson

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  6. Glenn and family,

    Please accept my deep condolences for the passing of your Mom. I can only imagine the loss you are feeling.

    Take comfort in all the wonderful happy times I know you had.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

    Nancy Simpson
    Sister of Lois Babcock

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  7. John & Heather England :

    Barry, Mike & Anna, Paul & Mo, Glenn & Lois and families;
    Please accept our condolences and all our love and know that we weep with you and wish we could be there. Norma’s love for all of you was the force that kept her going. Take care of each other.
    Love Heather & John

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  8. Our family sends heartfelt condolences to you Glenn, and the rest of your family. Your mother sounds like a very lovely, warm woman and I am sure your family will miss her!
    Sincerely, Cornelia Mews

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  9. Linda and Greg Ford :

    Dear Barry,

    Greg and I wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

    Norma will always be in your heart, forever.

    We are unable to attend Norma’s Celebration of Life, as we will be out of town on Saturday, otherwise we would have attended.

    Kind regards, Linda and Greg Ford

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  10. Betty and Mac McSweeny :

    We were greatly saddened to hear the news of your beloved wife, Norma. Unfortunately, we will still be out of town on February 18, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Please accept our deepest condolences, and we hope to see you soon.

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  11. Wendy and Brent Ellacott :

    Hello coach.

    I am at a loss for words. We are so sad to hear of the passing of your life partner Barry. But we also know she will always be with you – as are your family, friends and students of your divine teaching from Bearspaw.

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  12. Barry,
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Murray & Connie Cobbe

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  13. I am so sad to hear of the loss of my dear friend.

    Norma and I worked together for multiple years, quickly became good friends and enjoyed many coffees and lots of conversation. I will miss her.

    My deepest sympathies to Barry and all the family.

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  14. Barry, Glenn and family,
    So sorry to hear the news of your loss. I know that it is one of the hardest things you will experience. Remember all the wonderful times. Sweet memories will get you thru the times. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  15. Carolyn Froese :

    Deepest condolences to Mrs. Babcock’s family. My sister is Lois Babcock (Glenn’s wife).
    May you feel God’s divine comfort at this time.

    Sincerely,
    Carolyn Froese
    Port Perry, Ontario

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  16. Sincerest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. She sounds like quite a wonderful lady.
    Your Friends,
    Paul & Judi Rapai

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  17. Bob & Anne DeWitt :

    Thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy.
    Bob & Anne

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  18. Gerry and Elaine Demone :

    Barry, we just heard today of Norma’s death. Sad news for sure. Much time has passed but we have not forgotten you. Our girls loved so much the lessons they had with Bryan who taught them some of the tricks at Paragon. Take care and know that we are thinking of you.

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  19. Saskia Van Breevoort :

    Paul and Mo my thoughts are with you. Love Saskia

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  20. Ken and Ros Knights :

    It was our pleasure to have known Norma. The newspaper article sure described a very interesting background!!

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  21. Russell Babcock :

    We love you Grandma, and you will always be missed. I know you are all watching over us, so give us the strength to get through your passing.

    Love,
    Russell

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  22. Jim & Patti Rathwell :

    Patti and I are saddened to hear of Norma’s passing and extend our condolences to Barry and the boys and their family. We are away in Palm Desert playing the game that Barry loves and again not playing it very well but our hearts are saddened by your sudden loss.

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  23. Kim & Christal Fitzpatrick :

    Barry, we are thinking of you and your family.

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  24. Glenn

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Even though we are not actually related, I will keep you and her in my prayers.

    Chet Babcock

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  25. Jake & Sylvia Stephen :

    Dear Barry and family. Please accept our deepfelt sympathy on hearing of Norma´s passing. Although we drifted apart these last few years you were never forgotten. We still treasure the good times we shared with you both and these memories we´ll treasure always.

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  26. Maureen Tobin-Hurl :

    For Dear Norma,
    My husband Bruce and I send out thoughts and prayers to the family. Norma did our taxes for six years and followed her to the different H&R locations. We had lost our little boy back in 1995 and shed a tear with Norma as she related to her lost child. We will always hold Norma dear to our hearts and remember that she was an empathetic, kind and loving lady.
    Blessings,
    Maureen, Bruce and Ryan

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