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BLAINE, Norman

1940 – Winnipeg, MB
2013 – Calgary, AB

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Norm on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the age of 73.

Norm was born in 1940 in Winnipeg, to Velma and Bacil Blaine. Norm grew up in Dauphin with his brothers Harold and Don. He loved playing sports and excelled at baseball, hockey and curling. He obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1962 and went on to work for Lennox Industries (Canada) and Nova Corporation. Norm raised three children with Sue Blaine (nee Guthrie). They moved their young family from Winnipeg to Tsawwassen, BC, and eventually settled in the Lake Bonavista area of Calgary.

Norm spent many hours golfing at Willow Park Golf Course, and enjoyed watching team sports when he could no longer participate. In later years, Norm met Lillian Wilson, his devoted companion to the end. He was a social butterfly and enjoyed meeting people, going to the legion, and above all dancing! Norm loved all his grandchildren, and there was nothing more important than attending one of their concerts or sporting events. Norm developed Dementia and Parkinson’s disease, but throughout these struggles he remained a gentle and honest man.

Norm is survived by David (Lesley), Don (Loni), Patti (Niall O’Driscoll) and grandchildren Adam, Brenna, Andy, Sophie, Declan, Conall, and Finn. Special recognition goes to Bob Schmidt, Norm’s friend for many years – you teach us all what friendship means, Lillian Wilson who made Norm smile and even convinced him to model; and Louise Quesnel who truly cared and kept Norm company while in the Bethany Care Centre.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Norm Blaine a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Barbara Marshall :

    I had the distinct pleasure of sharing a small part of Norm’s life while he was a resident of Evergreen. He found his way into my heart along with Tamara’s and became a huge part of the “best” of our experience there. We shared many a warm hug with Norm and cared deeply for his well being. We truly missed him when he left us. We have both taken new paths but never have we or will we forget how Norm touched us. Through Norm, we met Lillian and Bob Schmidt and always marvelled at their devotion to their dear friend. I was incredibly saddened to learn that the world lost Norm and send my most sincere condolences to Don and Loni, Lillian and Bob all of whom I had the honour to get to know albeit briefly. I regret I am unable to attend the service and hopeful that Tamara may be able to attend and represent us both. To the rest of Norm’s family, I share your loss. With kindest regards, Barbara

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  2. Lillian Wilson: My sincere condolences to you and also Norm’s family on the loss of your great friend. Take conslation in knowing that he is in a better place. May God bless him and Rest in Peace Norm.

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  3. Joanne and Ron Metcalfe :

    We were saddened to hear of the loss of your Dad. He always had such a warm smile and was a good neighbor in Lk. Bonavista. Blessings to your family.

    Please tell Sue we are sorry for her loss also and Lillian, they were blessed with a good man. Our Momma has dementia also, a tough disease. Take good care of each other. Sending hugs!

    Joanne and Ron and families

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  4. Christine Murphy :

    Although we have not seen Norm for many years, we remember him to be sweet and gentle soul. At that time, we played bridge with him and enjoyed many dinners, and had lots of laughs.

    We extend our sincere condolences to his wonderful family and friends.

    Chris and Jim Murphy

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