Norman Edward MOODY

Died March 8, 2008 after a short illness. Born March 4, 1926 in New Westminster, BC, he grew up and lived most of his working life in Maple Ridge. Norm’s passion as a business owner was obvious throughout his life. He acted on many visions when he saw a need or an opportunity; creating services to people. In the 1950s, Norm began the first taxi company, ambulance service and driving school in Maple Ridge. He carried on building many driving school companies throughout the lower mainland. Norm’s spirit of adventure took him to Maui to fulfill just one of his many dreams, and began a tourism business… just for fun. His next adventure took him to Hathaway Lake to run his fishing resort. In 2005, at 80 years young, he officially stopped running his last business to move forward to Kelowna to fulfill yet another dream with a new love and companion. The past two years, Norm and “Netty” have lived life to the fullest, following dreams of love, partnership and traveling. Through his influence in the following generations, Norm’s enthusiastic spirit continues. Surviving are his son, Bob Moody and wife, Patti of Burton, BC; daughter Karen Ballard of Nakusp, BC; five grandchildren: Bob Moody Jr. (Dana), Laura McKinley (Rob), Jesse Ballard, Noel Ballard (Kelly), and William Moody, son of Norm’s predeceased son, Bill. Norm was also blessed with the love and joy of ten great grandchildren. Norm is also survived by his sister, Margaret (Marge) Cruickshank of Kelowna. Norm treasured ‘family’, and extended himself to become a father and grandfather to many others who loved him and whom he loved. He will be sadly missed by his loving companion, Netty Dewitt and her family; his late wife, Mary Oran’s family: Judy and Mike Smith and their sons, Justin and Clayton, and Rob Oran (Carolyn). Memorial services were held Saturday, March 15th at Springfield Memorial Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, followed by an onsite reception. Burial took place at the Lakeview Memorial Garden on Monday, March 17th. Memorial contributions may be made towards an honorarium to assist students dedicated to the study of Oncology. Any such donations should be directed to the Central Okanagan Foundation, in memory of Norman Moody, at Suite 217-1889 Springfield Road, Kelowna, V1Y 5V5.

A gift in living memory of Norman will be made to “Holding Hands for Hospice” by Springfield Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077

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