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Friday November 2, 2012

SPINKS, Norman Arthur

January 9, 1921-October 31, 2012 Norm's spirit has gone to his favourite place on earth, the cottage. Celebrating and remembering him are Jo, his best friend and treasured wife of 70 years, son Jeff (Heather), daughter Nancy (Paul Edwards), grandsons Brendan (Martine), Macgregor and great granddaughter Georgie. He was predeceased by his mother Blanche Caine, his sister Audrey Spowart and brothers Bill and Frank. Norm will very much be missed by his special friend Jaye Thackeray and also Tanja Klein. First and foremost Norm was devoted to and proud of his family. Jo's every wish was his unwavering command. He taught Nancy to catch frogs and fish which they did together at every opportunity. He gave up trying to pass along his craftsman skills to Jeff and instead was a mentor for business and family values. Brendan and Macgregor never took to the rink, field or the stage without his quiet glowing pride in attendance. The 6am trip on the lake with them was a treasured tradition that often did not result in breakfast being caught as he spent much of the time untangling their lines or retrieving their bait from overhanging branches. He embraced Heather and Paul as part of the family as if they were his own children. He was excited and thrilled to meet and be Great Cappa to Georgie. His hobby was dedication to the task at hand whether that was learning to run an automotive business that his company had accidentally purchased or creating buildings, boats, amenities and stone paths that are as perfect today as they were when completed 50 years ago. He was humble, brave, thoughtful, unselfish, constantly positive and required no attention to his needs or accomplishments. Anyone who knew Norm would not be able to recall an unkind word ever spoken by him. Norm spent the early part of his adult life as a teacher in a one room schoolhouse. This was followed by his service in the RCAF during WWII. After the war, he was employed by Avro as part of the team designing and constructing the Arrow. He spent the majority of his business career with Garrett Manufacturing in aerospace parts design and manufacture. He loved the CFL and never missed a Grey Cup and would have been thrilled to see the 100th! His passion was the cottage at Nine Mile Lake which he built by hand without a power tool. For 55 years it has been the source of family fun and memory creation and will continue to be for years to come. We will never forget the loving yet professional care that Norm received for four years at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre K3E. His team continually brought respect, integrity and compassion to their treatment of him and interaction with us. We are also very thankful to Anna, Meghan, Melody and Robbins for their love and selfless companionship. They were his pals and were a great source of fun and comfort to our family. Our family will have a barbeque (with Jo's secret recipe hamburgers) and a celebration of his life at the cottage in the summer, as was Norm's wish. If desired, donations to the Sunnybrook Veterans' Comfort Fund would be appreciated.

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