Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Obituary announcement for club member Villeneuve NR LM431

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Norman R. Villeneuve of Brooks, beloved husband of Rena Villeneuve, passed away in Brooks on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the age of 79 years.  Born in Headford, Ontario, on January 5, 1935, Norm’s youth was spent in southern Ontario.  At age 18 he enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in Canada, England, Germany, Congo and Egypt.  Norm received the Canadian Forces’ Decoration, United Nations (Congo), United Nations (Egypt) and the Peace Medal.  He was honourably released from the Armed Forces in 1968 and traveled West.  Norm’s military communications background was well suited to work in the oil & gas industry in seismic.  This career took him from north of the arctic circle to the deserts in Africa.  Norm met Rena Albright, daughter of Ed and Anne Albright of Brooks, while they were both living in Calgary in 1968, and they married in Brooks in 1970.  They settled permanently in Brooks in 1974, and raised their two children, Mark and Michelle.  As a family they enjoyed camping, swimming and regular vacations to Ontario to visit Norm’s parents, Alfred and Wanda, in Hamilton.  Norm worked with Bow River Pipeline and later, Pan Canadian.  Norm enjoyed keeping up on politics and world news, as well as football and his Blue Jays baseball.  Norm battled COPD (Emphysema) for 25 years, and had an amazing will to live. Norm is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Rena; his children and their spouses, Mark and Edie Villeneuve of Langdon, and Michelle and Robert Kiddine of Calgary; his granddaughters Anna and Erica Kiddine.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 9 at 10:00 AM from St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Rev. Raul Hernandez celebrant.  Interment to follow in the Field of Honor at Brooks Cemetery.  In memory of Norm, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to Brooks and District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta   T1R 1B3. 

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