HOPPER, Norman Charles
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79 years, of Vancouver, B.C. passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Normanna Rest Home in Burnaby. Norman was born on May 2, 1933 in Toronto to Charles Hopper (an engineer) and Ruth Wass (a homemaker). Norman grew up in mining towns in northern Ontario. Norman was a natural athlete; he competed in the Commonwealth games in the decathalon, and was a skilled javelin thrower, high jumper and track and field athlete. Norman joined the RCAF in his twenties and married his first wife, Nettie Hopper, with whom he had two daughters, Anne Adams and Joan Hopper. In 1973 (after years of working as a school teacher) Norman accepted a position in Vancouver as an employment counsellor. He took early retirement in 1981. Norman married his second wife Ahpo (Gaik Lim) in 1981. In 1999 Norman was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease which was especially challenging for a man who had been so physically fit all his life. Norman's kindness and gentle humour continued to inspire his family until the end. In recent years he loved listening to music and cowboy stories that his daughter read to him while he ate sweets. Most of all, he loved his regular visits from his life partner Ahpo. Norman is survived by his wife of 32 years Ahpo (Gaik Lim), ex-wife Nettie Hopper, two daughters: Anne (Clarence) Adams and Joan Hopper and his three grandchildren: Amber Terrazas Sanchez, and Ava and Austin Adams. He is also survived by his brother John (Gail) Hopper and sister Madge (Ward) Skinner (and six nephews). There will be no service, however, the family is planning a private ceremony on February 23, 2013. Our family would like to extend many thanks to the wonderful staff at Normanna who made his final years so comfortable and pleasant.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2013