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ASSAM, Norman Samuel “Norm”

June 21, 1938 — December 18, 2014

Norm was born June 21, 1938 in Warman, SK. Passed away suddenly at his home in Summerland on December 18, 2014. Survived by his loving family, wife Cyndi and his three children: Terry (Don) Smith and their children Courtney, Matt; Laurie (Mark) Bannister and their children Chelsea, Curtis, Ben; Dan (Tammy) Assam and their children Kobe, Kyler, Jaida; and Terry, Laurie and Dan’s mother Anita Assam. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:00 am from the Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 in Norm’s memory. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

Evangel Church

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The service for ASSAM, Norman Samuel “Norm” is scheduled for Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Evangel Church

3261 Gordon Drive Kelowna, BC


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  • Lloyd Callahan says:

    Our sincere condolences to the family on Norm’s passing. I’m sure he will be missed by the many who knew him.

    Lloyd, Bruce and Bob Callahan

  • Robin Smith says:

    Condolences to the entire family. Norm will be greatly missed.

    Robin Smith

  • Karen Harris and family says:

    Terry,Don and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find small comfort in knowing others are thinking of you.

  • David, JoLynn and Kristin Huber says:

    It is with great sadness that we heard of Norm’s passing. Norm was a mentor to me and I held him in the highest regard. He will be missed. Our sincere condolences to Terry, Dan, Laurie and Anita as well as Cyndi their families.

  • Earl and Diane says:

    Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on Norm’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

  • Carolyn Schatz says:

    Dan, Tammy and family. I am so very sad to hear of the loss of your dad. He was such a kind and wonderful man. My heart goes out to you. Carolyn

  • Tracey Wilson says:

    Terry,you know my heart is breaking with you Laurie, and all of your children.hold close your most precious memories to get you through the hardest of times.
    My love to all of you.we are there for you no matter what comes.
    Tracey, Tom and Taylor.

  • Kerry Grimsteit says:

    My Uncle Norm was a truly amazing man.. My heart goes out to the rest of my cousins and my Aunt Anita.. Always remember don’t ever forget.. His memories will last forever.. Rest in Peace.. Uncle Norm..

  • The Doreen and Frank Murdoch says:

    Dear Dan,Terry,Laurie and Families ,you are in our thoughts.Norm was a dear friend from our Prairie Days,and then happy times shared here in Kelowna. MEMORIES ARE SO PRECIOUS.Love Doreen and Frank(Fearless) Murdoch

  • Theresa Mucci-Rodgers says:

    So sorry for your loss. Warm felt thoughts to the family…

  • Corinne Davis says:

    To Dan and family!! So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing! My thoughts and prayer go out to all of you!!


  • George & Liz Talarczyk says:

    To the entire Assam Family, our hearts are heavy with Norms passing. He was a wonderful man and always so good to us. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers.


    My deepest condolences to the Assam Family..My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Darren McClelland

  • Marty Giles says:

    Dear Assam family

    When I heard of Norm passing I couldn’t believe it. I actually had to sit down in my office and it didn’t sink in for a minute. Norm was a larger than life personality and one of my heroes actually. I am not exaggerating this one bit. When I was thinking about going out on my own and getting in business for myself I phoned him for some advice. I was scared and in only the way Norm could he put me at ease. He got my back on an ex employee issue one time who was wrongfully going against our business which I will never forget. I had been wrestling with it for 6 months and he took care of it in 48 hours.

    My most fond memory of him was being on a Ford trip one time and we were all complaining about the car business and our manufacturer and our employees and the government and and and. He just sat listening and waited for lull in the conversation. He then leaned forward and held “court” only the way Norm could and said this.

    “listen we are sitting in a restaurant where only a small percentage of people can stay drinking $8.00 drinks, smoking cigars and just came off playing one of the nicest golf courses in the world. If you don’t like the business sell your joint and go pump gas. The car business is the greatest business in the world and we are lucky to be in it.”

    All 8 of us sat there for a minute and didn’t say a word but everyone nodded their head as he nicely told us to dry up. The rest of the evening and trip was better for all of us. For me that narrative stuck with me. I still whine every now and then about this or that but lots of times that speech gets pulled out of the hard drive in my brain and I watch it again and it stops my sniveling immediatley. He will be missed I know but I will never forget him.

    Deepest sympathy

    Marty Giles

  • Lawrence salloum says:

    I am very sorry for your devastating loss
    I wish you all the strength and gods mercy in deal with this tragedy
    I know what you are dealing with coming from a person still struggling to deal with the loss of a loved one

  • Bob Besharah / Gail Galbraith says:

    Am devastated by the news of Norm, Cyndi. As you know, he was a best friend for years and treated me so well when I was at the dealership. I will miss the phone calls, visits, laughs and jokes that I enjoyed so much over the years. Gail sends her thoughts and prayers also. Thinking of you with love to you and all of Norm’s family.

  • Deanna and Ralph Stinson says:

    To Norms Family,we want to say we are sorry we cant be with you..and for your loss, a Generous, funny,Golf and Fishing Partner for over 30 years. A friend that we will truly miss. Ralph and Deanna

  • Dee and Craig Radford says:

    To Cindy and Family-We were shocked and saddened to hear of Norms passing-please know that we are thinking of you and know you will keep many wonderful memories in your hearts-Our deepest condolences,Dee and Craig Radford

  • Ernie & Mary Siemens says:

    Our sincere and heartfelt condolences on
    Norm’s passing. His passing is a tremendous loss. He will be missed!

  • Fred Cave says:

    Sincere condolence to you Dan, and your entire family. I enjoyed cutting most if not all of the many, many Prime Rib Roasts that Norm loved to cook and share with his employees, friends and clients. He was always friendly and a pleasure to serve. Norm will be greatly missed as he was a true, kind gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Fred Cave

  • Mike Stollery says:

    I was a young Ford dealer when I first met Norm almost 25 years ago. He has had such an amazing impact on how I view our business and the importance of the relationship we have with our manufacturer (Ford of Canada). Throughout the years, I would frequently run into Norm at Ford meetings and on dealer trips. He was always so extremely inspirational (and man was he funny). Thanks Norm.

  • Lyle Bradshaw says:

    Dan and the Assam Family,
    My sincere condolences on your loss.The world lost a great guy that always had time for people.

  • Doris Giesbrecht says:

    Terry, Laurie, Dan and Families
    We are so sorry to hear of Norm’s passing..our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Our Love and Hugs..Doris and Bud Giesbrecht

  • Sherry & Dwight Schreiner says:

    To the Assam Family,
    My deepest heartfelt condolences for your loss. Norm was a man who commanded respect and integrity because he always displayed it himself as a man and a leader . He will be missed but has made an everlasting impression on me and I always remember him with warm thoughts. My
    prayers are with you all during this trying time.

  • Sherry & Dwight Schreiner says:

    To the Assam Family,
    Please accept my most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Norm was a man who commanded respect and integrity who displayed it daily as a man and a leader. He made a difference . I will remember him always with the warmest of thoughts . My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

  • Rick Mussellam says:

    On behalf of the Mussellam family we would send our sincere condolences to the Assam family.
    I’m sorry that I can’t be with you at this sad time.
    Norm will always be remembered with fondness for his wit and kindness.
    Hit them straight down the fairways in heaven Norm!
    You will be missed.

  • Randy Scott says:

    My sincere condolences Dan to you and your family for the sudden loss of your father.Our families and yours have been friends forever and losing Norm so unexpectedly was a shock to us as well.
    Norm will be greatly missed.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Randy & Diane Scott

  • Jerry Mugridge & Staff, King Pool & Spa says:

    The entire group here at King Pool & Spa were shocked and saddened to hear of Norm’s passing. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Cindy and family. Norm was a true gentleman, always a pleasure to work with. I am pleased to say he was a friend and adviser as well as a preferred customer.
    He will be greatly missed!
    Jerry and Staff

  • Bob Besharah / says:

    I am so sorry Dan to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a dear friend of mine and I will certainly miss the visits and phone conversations. Always a joke to tell between the two of us. He was so good to me when I worked at Orchard Ford and I will remember him with fond memories. Please pass my condolences on to Anita and the girls. Very sincerely, Bob

  • Shirley Hutt says:

    Norm was a wonderful man and a true treasure to our community. He will very missed and always remembered by many. I am one of those many, will always appreciate the Assam family and send my sincere condolences. ‘Thank you for the memories!

  • Dick Munn says:

    I have been in this city for almost 40 years and never has there been a person whose life should be celebrated and appreciated more than the life of this man. A family loss but also a big time one to us all. Dick Munn

  • Peter & Sharon Sloggett says:

    We knew Norm and Cyndi as townhome neighbors in Kelowna before they moved to Summerland. Norm was always friendly, pleasant and a good neighbor and we kept in touch after their move, sharing occasional evenings and dinners together, both in Summerland and Phoenix. Although infrequent, we will miss these enjoyable times together. Our sincere condolences to Cyndi, her daughters and Norm’s family who we unfortunately never had the privilege of meeting. God bless you all in these difficult times.

    Peter & Sharon

  • Ken Hiles says:

    Dear Assam family: Norm has been an inspirational and rock solid figure in our lives since our move to Kelowna sixteen years ago. I owe so much to him and the legacy he has left. Never did I have to doubt his integrity or business savvy. He was tough when necessary, yet never let you forget he was grateful for your contribution and cared for your whole family. True leaders like Norm are few, yet his values shall surely be carried on and well cared for by Dan and his family. Thanks Norm. With sympathy: Ken and Cheryl Hiles

  • ken zender says:

    As a new Ford Dealer I was invited to join a Coffee group which eventually became the Baltac Ford Dealer Group. The center of the group was Norm Assam. The joining of this group and getting to know Norm has been the biggest reason for the success I have achieved as a Ford Dealer. In addition when my oldest son, Shayne declared he wanted to work in the dealership I really didn’t know what to do. I mentioned it at a Baltac meeting and Norm said, Send him to me. Shayne moved to Kelowna, worked in Norms dealership, learned so much and today he is a very successful manager in our dealership. Norm had so some common sense that he taught us younger dealers. One meeting we were sitting around complaining about Ford and the economy and Norm Said, Boys Last year I made $X and this year I probably will make 3/4 of $X, and you know my life style wont change one bit. Norm was my mentor and I thank him every day for his wisdom and his knowledge.

  • Janet Slyter says:

    Terry Laurie Dan and the entire Assam family. You have my heartfelt prayers at this devastating loss. Sorry I cannot be there to pay our respect to you Dad. Love Janet Slyter

  • Ron & Alma Jones Family says:

    We are so sad to hear of Norms passing and our thoughts are with the Assam Family.We shared many good times with Norm and his family on Ford Dealer trips,dinners,Baltac meetings and other outings.The many hours we also shared golfing at Desert Falls will forever be remembered.Also Norm and I,over the years spent endless quality time talking family,business and life in general that enriched our relationship.

  • Ron and marlene lessard says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the Assam family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Norm was a great guy and a good friend.
    Ron and Marlene lessard

  • Tino Zuccato says:

    Dan, Tammy and Family…During this difficult time please know that you are not alone…Sharing your loss with deepest sympathy
    Tino & Shellie Zuccato

  • Randy Christian says:

    Sincere condolences to Dan & all the Assam family from the entire Christian family. Norm was something special for sure, always had immense respect for him.

  • Steve and Karen shoranick says:

    It is with great sadness that we hear about Norm’s passing. Our sincere sympathy to all of you . It is a great loss to you and the whole community. Hewas a great pillar of this city and a giant man and a business man. Above all he was a gentleman who will be greatly missed. Sorry we are out of town and can not attend the memorial. Please accept our condolences .
    Steve and Karen Shoranick

  • ken stahl says:

    Im going to miss you sunny and remember all the good times we had as kids at home in saskatoon , kenny stahl

  • Chad and Nadine Bannister says:

    We were so shocked to hear of Norm’s sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out toward the Assam family.

  • Jacobson Ford Sales says:

    From our Ford family to yours, our thoughts and sympathies are with you.
    Mike & Ruth Vandermeer
    Mark & Linda Schneider
    Bob & Elsie Vandermeer
    and all of the staff at Jacobson Ford

  • mairi moxley says:

    So sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. My thoughts are with the whole family .
    Mairi moxley.

  • Leighsa Shanks says:

    I was shocked to hear of Norm’s passing. I had the greatest respect for him and remember my days at Orchard Ford with much fondness. My thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  • Kris Vijay says:

    Dear Cyndi and the Assam Family,

    Heard about Norm’s passing. Norm was a wonderful human being with all the compassion and care that he provided to so many !! He will be remembered for ever in our hearts as well as in many people’s hearts and will be cherished for all the great things he stood for. May god be with you and family.
    Kris Vijay and Jayanthi Vijay from Scottsdale, Arizona

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