February 25, 1927 - December 25, 2015
Born in Birmingham, England, Norman joined the British army at 16. He was with the British Forces liberating Bergen Belsen concentration camp in 1945, in India during the partition in 1947, and in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. Norman returned to Israel in 1950 meeting his future wife Gloria. In 1968 Norman was elected as an MLA. Norman was re-elected in August 1972. He served as Minister of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement and was also responsible for Indian Affairs. As a cabinet minister he decentralized power through the creation of Community Resource Boards. He brought in Pharmacare, Mincome supplement for elderly and people with disabilities, increased welfare rates, expanded community based juvenile services and day care services. He was the first politician in B.C. to arrange for settlement and restitution for cut-off Indian lands. After retiring, he lived in Victoria with partner, Beth Macdonald. He ran a B&B, researched, wrote and travelled widely. Norm was predeceased by his daughter Alisa (Tim Bowman) and is survived by Dani Mate (George), Tamar Levi-Bandel (Gabriel), David Levi (Daphne), Wayne Levi (Judy), 12 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren. Norm will be fondly remembered by Beth's family. He will be missed by his coffee buddies: Peter, John and John. Beth and the family would like to thank Dr. Russell Houston, the community nurses & the palliative team for the warm and compassionate care. A Celebration of Life will be held, Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. Inn at Laurel Point 680 Montreal St. Victoria, BC.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2016.