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BESSE, Norman Earl

August 7, 1930 – January 21, 2012

Norm passed away peacefully in the early hours of January 21, 2012 at the age of 81 after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-one years Elizabeth (Betty) Besse; his only child Cheri-Lynn Besse; and son-in-law Dave Oakley. He is also lovingly remembered by his twin sister Norma and her husband Ray Schindelka; and sister-in-law Irene Besse; his mother-in-law Helen Sushetski; his sister-in-law Jane and her husband John Moffitt; his brother-in-law Jim Sushetski and his wife Ruth. He will be forever cherished by numerous nieces and nephews along with their children. Norm was predeceased by his brother Tom; and his parents Earl and Kathleen Besse.

Norm had a passion for sports and in his youth excelled at both Baseball and Hockey. Later in his life he spent a lot of time yelling at the T.V. as if the players and referees could hear him. Norm and Betty spent thirty-five years in Hinton, AB where they raised their daughter and made many lifelong friends. After retirement Norm and Betty spent many hours camping and spending time with their friends and family. Anyone who knew Norm will remember his easy smile, sense of humor and heartfelt laughter. He will be missed dearly.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Airdrie Funeral Home (300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, Alberta) on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Airdrie Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Norm Besse, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE. Telephone: (403) 948-1100.

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  1. Dear Betty, Cheri-Lynn, Norma and extended Family

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Norm was a wonderful man and pleasure to be around. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I was able to spend with him. I will always remember him buying too many fireworks and getting me in trouble with the State Troopers down in Birch Bay on a forth of July weekend. I will not remember him as the life of the party but the one who could keep life in a party.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Richard Oke

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  2. Tony & Diane Sushetski & Family :

    Dearest Betty & Cheri- Lynn,

    Please accept our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of Norm & Father.

    Thinking of you all at this time of sorrow.

    Love,

    The Sushetski Family

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  3. Marian & Brian Belitsky and Sophie Sushetski :

    Dear Betty & Cheri:
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Our Deepest Sympathy.
    Take Care!

    Marian & Brian and Sophie

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  4. walter & Jackie Blotski :

    Dear Betty,Cheri-Lynn & Dave Our thoughts & prayers are with you. With our deepest sympathy on the loss of Norm. Hugs to All Love Walter & Jackie

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  5. Jeannette Wallace :

    Dear Betty and family
    So terribly sorry to read of your loss.
    I’m sure all of the old Hinton will
    grieve at the loss of one of our own.
    My prayers are with you both.
    Hugs, Jeannette.

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  6. Dear Betty and family:
    We were so saddened to hear of your loss! We will always remember Norm’s exuberance and zest for life – who can forget that grin and twinkle in his eyes?
    Sincere sympathy,
    Cory & Louise Maurik

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  7. Cheryl and Norm Stevenson :

    Dear Betty
    We are so very sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. We had so much fun and so many laughs camping with you both. We are so glad we had the pleasure of knowing him.
    Cheryl and Norm Stevenson

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  8. Dear Betty & Cheri-Lynn,

    I was saddened to hear about your loss. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I listed your home in Hinton ( July 2008) and Norm seemed to be doing so well at that time. Betty it is good you made the move and now you will be quite settled in Airdrie. All the best to you.
    In Sympathy
    Ann Scobie

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  9. Cecile and Waldo Wasson :

    Dear Bette and Sheri,
    thinking of you often since Norms passing. Hope you are okay, especially in the flood of calgary.
    Love and Hugs Cec and Walt

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