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OWEN, Norman

March 25, 1952 — February 11, 2016

It is with shock and deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Norman Owen on February 11, 2016 at the young age of 63. He is survived by his loving wife Judi of 35 years, daughters Sarah Owen (Darren Anderson) and Alison (Mat) Buick and grandson Colten Buick.  He is also survived by his mother Audrey, brothers David and Donald, sister Susan, brother-in-law Brian (Pauline), sister-in-law Maureen (Al), several nieces and nephews and an extensive network of close friends.  Norm was predeceased by his father Peter in 2011.

Norm was born March 25, 1952 in Clevedon, Somerset England and immigrated to Canada in 1954. He was raised in North Vancouver and moved to Kelowna in 1971.  Norm began his tenure with Tolko (Riverside) a few short months later and was in his 45th year of working in a job he truly loved. Norm started as a tug boat operator, followed by driving the heavy duty Wagner equipment and in more recent years as Weighmaster Scaler.

Norm’s larger than life personality and boisterous laugh would always light up a room and in his honour a celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, February 21st at 1:00 PM at Parkinson Recreation Centre located at: 1800 Parkinson Way, off Harvey Avenue or Spall Road in Kelowna.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Children’s Hospital at 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-860-7077.

Sunday, February 21st at 1:00 PM

Parkinson Recreation Centre

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BC Children’s Hospital at 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4


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The service for OWEN, Norman is scheduled for Sunday, February 21st at 1:00 PM . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Parkinson Recreation Centre

1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC


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  • Carla Bodie says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I worked in the office and Norm was in the mill but I always got to see his smiling face when he came to pick up his cheque or came to the safety meetings in the office. What a wonderful person with such a charismatic personality – you just couldn’t help but like the man! He always made a point to ask how you were doing and how the family was and he genuinely cared. I last saw Norm at one of the old Riverside get-togethers and was greeting with a hug and a huge smile! Will miss you my friend Norm!

  • Bill and Bet de Bosch Kemper says:

    It has been a long time, Norm Owen, but we will never forget you. Our sincere condolences to your loving family.

  • Lois Hirtz & Dan Shank says:

    Judi, Sarah & Darren and Alison, Mat & Colten. Our shock and disbelief goes without saying. Stormin’ Norman will always have a great giggle for all of us to reminisce on. We have missed many events, but have had so much fun and great memories at all of them that we’ve made it to. Norm was such a bundle of life. We always knew when Norm was in the room.
    Unfortunately, we are not able to attend to celebrate Norm’s life, as we will be out of town, but know that our thoughts are with you.
    Love & hugs, Lois & Dan.

  • Pat and Brock Waldron says:

    Dearest Judi and family,
    I was truly shocked when Lynn informed me of your beloved Norm’s passing. You have been in my prayers ever since.
    The last time we meet was at our garage sale last spring. There I met your beautiful grandson. As I was cleaning up after the sale, I could hear Norm and Darcy laughing and joking across the lot. It brought a smile to my face. I will always remember that day. I wish you love and peace as you journey through the process of grief. Blessings to you and your family. Pat Waldron. (Lynn’s sister)

  • Gloria gagnon says:

    I am so sorry to here this sad sad news. I have so many great memories of Norm. Judy sorry cannot make service as I will be out of country. I will be there in heart.

  • Jessie Johnson says:

    I was so sorry to learn of Norm’s passing. I’m so sorry Judi. My condolences to you and the family. Feel free to contact me if you need some company. ❣. Jessie

  • Dawn and Maurice Lakness says:

    To Judi and Family,
    We thoroughly enjoyed the various times we spent with you and Norm. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. As everyone has said, his infectious laugh, smile and endless stories will be sorely missed by all.
    Hugs, Dawn and Maurice Lakness

  • Pam Stapleton says:

    I am deeply saddened and so very sorry for your loss. Norm, John and I had many coffee’s together at the Scale shack, where I would pick up the load slips daily. He always had a good story to tell and it generally ended with a lot of laughter.
    My thoughts are with you at this time.

  • Rick Doiron says:

    I would like to say that it was a shock to hear of the passing of Norm. He was a great person and a great employee to work with and always had a smile and a wave and always positive things to say to everyone He will be missed!! Rick and Liseanne Doiron

  • Brent Peters says:

    To Judi and Family,
    What a sad shock to learn of Norm’s passing, we had so much fun at Delbrook.. He was the nicest guy in the world and a great friend! Even though I didn’t see him much in the last 40 plus years, since he left North Vancouver right after Delbrook I couldn’t help but think of him every time somebody mentioned Kelowna. My heart goes out to you guys.

    Brent Peters

  • John Marchuk says:

    I would like to send my condolences to Norm’s family. I had the pleasure of talking with Norm several times during safety tours at the mill. He always had a smile and a pleasant attitude… I could tell he really enjoyed his job. It is unbelievable that his career at Tolko Kelowna spanned 45 years… what an amazing achievement. Norm will be missed by everyone at the mill that had the opportunity to work with him.

  • Tim Light says:

    I am sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. I met Norm in the Rutland Volunteer Fire Dept. where he could always put a smile on everyone’s face. In recent years Norm sat next to me at the Rockets games where we would share our memories of being Volunteers. I will miss his infectious laughter and his smile! My condolences to his entire family.

  • mike provost says:

    Wow I still cant believe Norm is gone, I’ve worked with him on and off for the past 35 years and not seeing him there is just wrong!!!
    No matter where you were if Norm was there it was gonna be funner! Even work( sometimes ).
    My thoughts are with his amazing family..

  • Don Owen says:

    Mother Audrey, older brother David, Donald their younger sister Susan and her son Jamie along with Aunt Joan and Uncle Robin, from North Vancouver, Uncle David and Aunt Tony from West Vancouver, Uncle George from North Vancouver, Aunt Angela and Uncle Michael from Surrey England and the numerous nieces and nephews would all like to express their sincerest sympathy. Our hearts go out to Judi, Sarah and Darren, Ali and Matt and their son Colten..
    We have all lost a dear and loveable son, brother, father and grandfather. rest in peace.

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