Norman C. MacDonald “Norm”
June 20, 1936 ~ November 24, 2016
Charles Ian Norman Campbell MacDonald was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to parents John and Isabel MacDonald. Norm was one of four children including his sisters Isabel, Dorothy and Christine. Norm attended Mayfair Elementary in Saskatoon and later Bedford Road Collegiate High School. He went to work at the Canadian National express. He fell ill with tuberculosis and was admitted to the Saskatoon Sanitorium Hospital for two years. After he was released from the hospital, Norm moved to Nipawin, Saskatchewan where he lived with his sister and brother-in-law. While there he took an interest in the funeral industry apprenticing under James H. Coventry. It was there he was introduced to the love of his life Adeline. Midway through his funeral director studies, Norm transferred to North Battleford, Saskatchewan where he finished his apprenticeship. He graduated and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. After graduating Norm went to work for the Winnipeg Casket Company as a sales representative. After his time with the casket company Norm moved back to Nipawin and on October 9, 1965 he and Adeline were married. In 1970 Norm and Adeline packed up and moved west to beautiful Creston, BC where Norm worked as the managing director of G.F. Oliver Funeral Chapel. Norm served many families in the Creston Valley. Life changed tragically for Norm when his wife Adeline passed away suddenly in 1978. He left the funeral home a few years later. After his departure from the funeral home Norm purchased a clothing store as well as a dry cleaning business in Creston which he ran for several years before selling and retiring. In his retirement years Norm loved spending time in the Kootenays, visiting family and being with friends. Norm had an immense love for animals including his dogs and cats. He called his pets his kids and he thoroughly enjoyed their company.
To keep busy, Norm worked part time with McPherson Funeral Service in Cranbrook where he maintained his funeral director and embalmer’s license.
Norm was called to be with his wife Adeline on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the age of 80. He was also predeceased by his parents John and Isabel; sisters Dorothy and Christine; brothers-in-law Ernie (Janet) Rawlyk and Don Holsten.
He is survived by his sister Isabel Ferrier; nephews Donald (Nancy) and Norman (Diane) Ferrier; nieces Bonnie (Ron) Folstad, Cay (IG) Baranieski, Dorothy (Phillip) Harrison; grand-nieces Pamela Stoffman, Rebecca Harrison, Susan (Ivan) Toledo, Shellan Baranieski; and grand-nephews Patrick, Mathew Harrison, Dave, Scott, and James Ferrier, Sean (Tanis) Folstad, Chris Baranieski, Luke (Joanna) Baranieski; sisters-in-law Vera (Syl) Kozun and Terry Holsten, brother-in-law Eugene (Muriel) Rawlyk.
A Funeral Service for Norman took place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Creston Baptist Church. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Erickson B.C.
Donations in Norm’s memory can be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com