September 30, 1917 – October 18, 2014
It is with sadness that we announce Norm’s passing. Norm is predeceased by his parents Gus and Bertha; wife Emily; sisters Mary and Bertha; brothers Gus, Henry and Walter. He is survived by his brother Art; children Ted, Linda Johnson (Bob), Cherie Nicholas (Terry); grandchildren Don, Scott and Pam Liebich; Gord and Glenn Johnson; Lindsie, Jordan and Bonnie Nicholas; and 8 great grandchildren.
Norm was born in Nanaimo. Seven years later his family moved to Texada Island. At the age of 19 he returned to Nanaimo and worked in the logging industry. Two years later he married Emily Galitzky. After starting their family, they moved to Parksville where Norm worked on the log booms. Seven years later they returned to Nanaimo and settled in Chase River. He became the auto mechanic at Alex Virostko’s Southend Service Station. It wasn’t until 1992 that he retired from servicing automobiles.
Norm was actively involved in the Nanaimo Credit Union. He chaired the Credit Committee for 24 years and was a member of the Board of Directors for 15 years. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1982 to 1986. Norm was also a founding member of the local co-op.
Our sincere thanks to the staff at Long Lake Chateau and Malaspina Gardens for their outstanding care and support. Even though Norm suffered in his later years from Alzheimers, he never lost his sense of humour. Bon voyage, Norm, and thank you for lending a generous helping hand to others along your journey of life.