PATTERSON, Norman (Norm) Albert
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1933 - 2012
Peacefully, on the morning of December 24th, at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, after a long, brave battle with heart and lung disease and in the company of his wife Sylvia, daughter Debbie, and step-daughter Amanda. The lower mainland and in particular the City of Port Moody lost one of its finest "Champions". Norm was born in Teulon,Manitoba on November 15th 1933. Proud of his Scandinavian and Irish heritage he was a self-proclaimed "Viking", (Stormin' Norman); loved hockey having played in his local league as a young lad in Manitoba, he was a proud supporter of the Vancouver Canucks. Upon finishing his required schooling he started work at the local Toronto Dominion Bank, where he quickly worked his way up to a supervisory position and accepted a transfer to Victoria BC in 1952. The majority of Norm's career in finance was as a financial advisor in Vancouver. He fully retired from Canaccord Capital in 2011, but continued to be at his desk at home every morning until the "market close". In 1954 Norm married his hometown sweetheart Dorothy (Tamblyn, 1923-2005), their daughter Debra was born in 1960. The family moved to the new Glenayre subdivision in Port Moody (Norm was a founding member of the Glenayre Community Association). During the seventies, he was very active in politics; and was an elected alderman for Port Moody from 1971–75. Norm keenly promoted the recreational needs in the community; was Director of the Port Moody Community Athletic Society and President ofthe Port Moody "Aquarians" swim club. He was also influential in the development of the Port Moody Curling Club. Norm was elected Mayor of Port Moody, an office which he held from 1975 – 1977. During his termas Mayor he was instrumental in the development of Port Moody's North Shore. In addition he was one of seven members of the Board of Trustees for the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia and also a member of the Port Moody Police Board, on which he continued to serve for several more years. Norm lived his life with true spirit. He was passionate about his family and his friends. He was ardent in his belief that people could make a difference both politically and personally. His tireless efforts transformed his community. Quite simply, he cared. Whether you were family, a friend, a colleague, a client or a constituent, you knew that Norm had your back. It was a true gift to know him. Norm is survived by his loving wife Sylvia (Collins), daughter Debra, (Allan Owen), granddaughters Sheena Russell (Shaun), Tanya and great-granddaughter Samantha; his caring step-children and their families. He will be sorely missed by us all but never forgotten. As a proud member of the Vancouver Golf Club for almost 40 years -it was Norm's wish that a "Celebration of his Life" be held there; this will be arranged for an afternoon in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2012