Norm Spent many years serving Canada in the Armed forces
Norm was born in New Westminster on Dec. 31, 1955 and raised in Newton Surrey, B.C. After graduating in June of 1974, Norm went on to join the Canadian Armed Forces in December of 1975. Norm did his basic training in Cornwallis, N.S., until the spring of 1976 and then did his Seamanship and Trades training as a Radio Operator at CFB Esquimalt that summer.
Norm was posted to his first ship — the HMCS Provider — in early 1977. He served two years on board, and then was posted to CFS Aldergrove in Aldergrove for two years.
Norm left the Navy in 1980 and married his wife, Barb. He worked at a mill and as a longshoreman in New Westminster, where the couple had their first son in 1981. They then moved to Hope, where they had their second son.Norm re-enlisted with the Navy in 1984 and trained as a radio technician in Halifax N.S. He continued with his naval career for the next 22 years, sailing on various ships and taking further trades training in Halifax, Montreal and Esquimalt.
A third son was born in Victoria in 1985, and the family moved to Sooke in 1994 and remained until Norm's retirement.
His oldest and youngest sons are currently in the Navy sailing on ships stationed in Esquimalt. Their youngest son has given Norm and Barb two grandsons.
Norm's middle son is currently working at Woodgrove Pines Clinic as an RMT.
Norm retired in April 2006 and moved from Sooke to Errington. Norm joined PGOSA in 2010 — at the minimum age for PGOSA entry (55).
Norm plays slow pitch, volleyball and volunteers as an ump for the House League on occasion.
Norm has represented Zone 2 in the B.C. 55+ Games (formerly the B.C. Senior Games) for the last seven years with the Thrifty Foods Orcas mixed slow pitch team; winning four gold and three silver medals along the way.
Norm also currently plays PGOSA walking soccer, volleyball and volunteer 'umps' the Winter 69+ League slo-pitch games at Arbutus Meadows.