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McDERMOTT, Norville “Beard” Donovan

McDERMOTT, Norville “Beard” Donovan

January 11, 1944 – ST. Thomas, Jamaica

May 3, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Norville “Beard” Donovan McDermott passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013 after a hard courageous battle against cancer that was fought with great determination, strength, and dignity at the age of 69 years.

Norville was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica to parents Mavis and Lorenza McDermott. After enjoying his childhood with his family in Jamaica, Norville made a decision in 1976 to come to Canada where he lived in Toronto, ON, finally settling in Calgary, AB. Throughout his life Norville always made a significant impact on those who were fortunate to have met him and were privileged to have been part of this incredible man’s life journey. His special ability to make people laugh, his contagious smile that affected everyone, his generosity and kindness and his dedication to his family, friends and to his faith have left a long lasting and inspirational footprint within the Jamaican and Canadian communities. The world lost a brave indomitable warrior in the war against cancer but heaven has gained a precious angel.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow”.

“The winds that sometimes take something we love are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given because what is really ours is never gone forever”.

–Bob Marley.

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love”.

-Bob Marley.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”.

-Bob Marley.

“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright”.

-Bob Marley

Norville is survived by his daughters Michelle, Janet, Janice, Nadine and step-daughter Arvil; his son Orville; and by his brother Aubrey. Also left to mourn the loss of this extraordinary man is very special group of friends that were extremely important and meant the world to Norville or “Beard” as everybody fondly referred to him by. Remembering this great mentor is Bernadette (the special bond formed early in Bernadette’s life was a friendship that soon turned into more of a father-daughter relationship growing stronger as the years went on), and Dino (a relationship that was started and based on respect, guidance and mentoring was soon replaced and grew stronger the bond between a father and a son) and Josephine (the most caring, loving roommate anyone could ask for and thankfully Beard was blessed with her company), and to Elizabeth, Carlton, Delroy, Pawa, Sheryl, Ozzie, Science, Alton and Mankind cherish and share the incredible memories that were created by this special man to inspire and guide the generations to come even in his death.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff and volunteers at the Care West Sarcee Hospice for their wonderful care, continual kindness and loving support during this difficult time. It was a blessing and a privilege to be surrounded by a caring team of individuals who guided and supported Norville through his final journey in life and walked beside the family and friends making the pain of saying goodbye to our beloved “Beard” easier to understand and accept.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Norville’s name may be directed to Care west Sarcee Hospice ( or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. or to the “Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta” P.O. Box 22264, Bankers Hall,  Calgary, AB, T2P 4K1 Telephone: 403-280-6704. Email:

In living memory of Norville McDermott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. Bernadette Lynn Coupal :

    With all my love and heart I am so happy to have known this dear man..He was my guidance and protector as well the best Teacher I will ever know!!Rest in peace my friend, and I will see you someday…Please look after my Mom up there in Zion until I can join you..Love to all!!

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  2. I knew Beard for many years. He loved his music especially Burning Spear, Bob Marley, and Dennis Brown. I played the music he loved ,and we all celebrated Beard’s life after the funeral.There were many people here that afternoon, and evening,and until the wee hours of the morning we closed the door at 3 AM. The people who came were all friends of Beards they were all ages, young and old. We saw people we haven’t seen for years and everyone was gathered here to share thier stories and some were laughing others crying it was truly an awesome gathering for the love, and respect of one man and that was Norville McDermott! He’s gone on ahead another one of God’s Soldiers as many before him too many too mention, but, Bob Marley, and Dennis Brown are there so I know they welcomed him in from the cold! Beard if by chance you see my dear deceased mother Mrs. Edith Dawkins or Cheryl’s mom Mrs. Gladys Harper whom you met years ago along with Cheryl’s now grown children please give them one of those smiles of yours and say “hi” until we meet again God Bless and RIP. PAWA & Cheryl.

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  3. Lynn Tchir-Prouse :

    So saddened to hear of Beard’s passing, our condolences to all his Family & Friends

    I was truly, deeply honored to have been a part of his life for over 23 yrs, the wisdom he shared…a smile that lightened an entire room, how he loved with his whole heart…and his way with the youth, the huge impact he made in all of our lives as he mentored & loved my 2 sons Grant (JR) & Austin (Auzzie) like they were his own, as he often referred to them as “his boys” & was always there when they needed direction. One of greatest teachings was helping me in being able, “to see through the eyes of a child” and we all know how the Pirate loved his music…”you had to feel the music!” The greatest honor was being a part of the Celebration of Beard’s Life would like to say a special Thank You to all who made that possible, and sending him off with that BIG SMILE on his face…’til we meet again, My Dearest Friend…as you know, I will be searching for you…I need to see that smile…that warms my heart, ever so dearly…Forever in our Hearts & missed more than words can ever say…

    One Love, One Heart :))

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  4. Raquel-Contrivance :

    Heart felt condolences from our family to yours..

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