He attended school in Castor, with brief periods in Hanna and Coronation schools. After school days, Norman worked briefly in Red Deer. After some time spent back home, Norman was employed as a ranch hand by Ron and Arla McComish of Coronation. He spent 10 years there, and these were truly the happiest of his working years.
In the 1980’s, Norman attended Vermilion Agricultural school for one year and received training to assist in the dairy industry. He then worked for several years at Holloway Farms near Castor, helping with the dairy. In 2011 he moved into the town of Castor.
When younger, Norman spent a lot of time with horses – riding and training them to pull sleighs and wagons. He kept a ‘diary’ of details of each one: photos, dates, purchase and selling prices, names of each animal, etc.
Norm’s personal interests also included collecting small antiques – especially oil lamps, jars and interesting household items from pioneer days. He enjoyed buying, selling and trading – auctions were not often missed.
During Norman’s life, he took special joy and pride in his nieces and nephews – often teasing, with his gentle sense of humor. His photo albums display each of their school photos, graduations and wedding events – they were all special!
Norman was predeceased by all his grandparents, his first mother, Kay, nephew Matthew and father, George.
He is survived by his mother Rose and all of his siblings: Ted High, Christine (Lennard) McFarland, Vern (Peggy) Hein, Cindy (Ancil) Humphrey, Dan (Patricia) Hein, Barbara (Garry) Milner, Victoria (Wes) Goudy, Mary (Perry) Holden, foster brothers Sam Kobley, and Rick (Kathy) Couture, 17 nephews and nieces, as well as six great nephews and nieces.
Norman passed away peacefully on August 6, 2012 in the Red Deer Hospital with family at his side. He was 56. His remains will be interned at the Castor Cemetery at a private family gathering. The Memorial Service will be held at the Evangelical Missionary Church in Castor at 2 pm on Saturday, August 18.
Donations can be made to Castor & Community FSCC or the Castor Food Bank, Box 752, Castor, AB T0C 0X0.