YAEGER, Norman W.
Norman W. Yaeger passed away peacefully at the Vernon Hospice House on February 26, 2013 at the age of 97. Norman is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Grace; daughters Lorraine Yaeger, Bonnie (David) Hunter; granddaughters Jennifer (Angus) Beaton, Lana Hunter; great granddaughter Claire Mahri Beaton; sister Grace Meredith and nephews Doug and Brian Meredith. Sadly predeceased by his infant daughter Betty Marie.
Dad was a man of many hats!! From a farm boy in Virden, Manitoba to a future entrepreneur in Alberta’s far north, Dad did it all. Selling the Edmonton Bulletin and the Edmonton Journal at three cents a copy was Dad’s big start. He applied for janitor of the Whitelaw schools and got the job for several years at $10 a month. Splitting wood in your sleep was essential. Dad also “rode the rails” (sometimes under the box car) back east to pick up vehicles for his Dad’s car dealership. Upon delivery he then became the driving instructor for many a customer.
After high school, Boyd’s Shows out of Peace River offered Dad a job operating a travelling picture show. All that splicing, crimping and tinkering with projection equipment gave him qualifications as an electrician for the R.C.A.F.
In 1939, he purchased a hardware store in Hines Creek, just 20 miles north of Fairview. The store stayed open when Dad enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1942. While on leave, he met Gracie Chalmers, the love of his life, at one of the local dances. They married May 31, 1944. In 1945 they returned to Hines Creek, where they continued running the store.
Two daughters, Lorraine (1948) and Bonnie (1952) arrived on the scene, much to his delight. Dad was voted in as the first mayor, fire chief and ambulance driver of Hines Creek (probably the latter because we had a red station wagon at the time).
Many good years were spent up north, but Mom and Dad decided a move to the Okanagan was in their future. In the summer of 1963, we along with Grandma Chalmers and the family dog, ventured south down the not yet completed Yellowhead Highway. In Kelowna Dad completed the real estate course and was one of only 30 realtors at that time. With the help of friends, Dad put up a summer cabin at Coral Beach in 1965 (duct tape wasn’t invented yet). Many summers were enjoyed by all. Dad even got up on water skis, first try! Mom and Dad loved dancing, even square dancing. He drove the callers crazy with his extra steps! For almost 30 years Mom and Dad wintered south of Desert Hot Springs, driving down between Christmas and New Year’s, no matter what the weather!
We are going to miss Dad’s quiet demeanor and genuine kindness. (Who else can sit amongst a mother deer and her fawn?) We know how much he loved us and that will keep us strong.
Thanks for the memories.
Thank-you so much.
There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Ave., Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.
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