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TODESCO – Norman Albert

Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend
January 21, 1927 – February 4, 2011

It is with profound sadness and loss that we announce the passing of Norman Todesco on Friday, February 4th at the age of 84 years.

Norman was born January 21, 1927 and lived his entire life in Calgary. He is survived by his beloved wife of twenty-eight years Hilda Todesco; two daughters, Dianna Killick (Sid) and Leslie Georgiou (Andy); step-children, Wayne Sondergaard (Agnes), Jim Diebert (Karen), Karl Diebert (Julie) and Wendy Cohen (Adam); thirteen grand children and numerous great-grand children. He is also survived by his sister Irene Bauer (Ted) and brother Ralph Todesco. Norman was predeceased by his first wife Ethel (Norris) and later second wife Pauline (Sondergaard), his older brother Alfred, and two step-sons Richard and Leonard Sondergaard

Norman devoted forty-five years of his life to his career at CP Rail where he started as a Call Boy and through dedication, commitment and passion ended his career as the Number One Locomotive Engineer with the CPR. He was affectionately known as “Stormin‘ Norman” by all his peers and lived his life as he steered his engine “Full Steam Ahead!”. Norman retired in 1986 and his love of the railroad continued to remain a passion throughout his life. He enjoyed twenty-five years of retirement with his beloved wife Hilda by his side. Norman will always be remembered as a true gentleman. He will leave behind a legacy of laughter, honesty, hospitality, generosity and his deep commitment of love for his family.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Norm’s life will be held at McInnis & Holloway Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive SW) on Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 2:00 pm.

Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, The family would like to express their gratitude to the Doctors and nursing staff at The Rockyview General Hospital , Unit #94 for helping Norm live out his final days with his pride and dignity intact.

In living memory of Norm Todesco, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Bob & Hilda Townsend :

    Dear Hilda.. Norman was always positive and great company at work and play. He was very lucky to have had 28 wonderful years with you. Love Hilda & Bob

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  2. Marg & Casey Holmes :

    Norm will be fondly remembered and missed by the community of Gladstone Gdns SW.
    He voluntered his expertise and service on the Condo Board as grounds and landscaping maintenance.

    He was an avid gardener along with his wife Hilda, and his showy snap dragons were admired by all who live here.

    Rest in peace Norm.

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  3. Tonite at bowling, Norm was remembered by our league at Glammorgan. I had the pleasure of being on Norm’s team for a few years, and I used to look forward to every Friday night when I got to spend time with him and Hilda. At that time, spouses could not be on the same team. He could care less about his own bowling, but just enjoyed evenings with people and would keep one eye on Hilda’s scores so that he could encourage…or tease her…depending on the night.
    Norm was a father like figure to me, and it was my honor to spend MANY Friday nights with such a gentle, kind, and caring man. He always had a sparkle in his eye, and I could see in the way that he looked at Hilda that his life was complete with her by his side.
    You lose track of people as they move on from our league, but I was saddened tonite when I learned of Norm’s passing. He was very special to me and I will always remember him as someone I looked up to and hold dear in my heart.
    My condolences, especially to Hilda who could care less about her bowling as well…as long as her Norman was having a good time.


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  4. Hilda
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. So sorry to hear of Norm’s passing.
    Millie and Kurt Schieman

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  5. Cheryl Damsgard :

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I often thought what a very nice Dad you had. So full of life and to be there to listen to us.

    I remember your dad from when you and I first met in grade 9 @ A.E. Cross and later at Ernest Manning High School.

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