Norman Nathaniel GILBERT

Born in Nottingham, England, August 31, 1916, Norman passed away in 100 Mile General Hospital, July 30, 2006. Norman is predeceased by his wife, Marjorie, and sons Gary and Michael. He is survived by sons David, Brian (Jean), and Mark, and daughter Wendy; his grandchildren, Jennifer Thur, Christina Gilbert, Karen Gilbert, Justeen and Raymond Code, Rylan and Garrett Gilbert; and five great-grandchildren. Norman enlisted in the British Army in 1939 at 22 years of age, later transferring to the Royal Air Force as a pilot in March of 1941. A short time later he was appointed as pilot instructor. He obtained the rank of Flight Lieutenant in October 1943. After the war Norman was discharged, in November 1945, to the Royal Air Force Reserve. While stationed as a Royal Air Force Flight Instructor near Estevan, Sask., Norman and Marjorie were married in 1944 in Marjorie’s family home. After the war Marjorie and Norman settled in Vancouver in 1946, where Norman enjoyed success in the insurance business. The Emissary Ministry under Martin Cecil blended with Norman’s ideas about life and he moved his family to 100 Mile House in 1957. He devoted many years to the development of 100 Mile Lodge Emissary community. As well, during early times in 100 Mile, he offered insurance and real estate services and was Notary Public for many years. Many may remember him as “Stormin’ Norman” riding his bicycle around town taking care of his business. Norman’s past few years were spent in good company at Fischer Place and Carefree Manor in 100 Mile. His grumpy humour was absorbed by staff and friends with understanding and patience. He loved you more than he would ever admit. Many thanks from the family for all the wonderful care Norman received. No service by request.