For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
ANDERSON, Norman William - Death claims former Navy veteran, Norman Anderson - Norman Anderson, a Winfield resident for the past 25 years, died Saturday, September 30, 1995 at Kelowna General Hospital. He was 70 years old. Norm was born near Wetaskiwin, AB on November 8, 1924 and came from a large family made up of 3 brothers and 5 sisters. He saw active service in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He survived in the icy waters of the Atlantic when his ship, HMCS Valleyfield, a minesweep, was torpedoed. He was one of only a few crew members of the ship that survived. He moved to Winfield in 1969 with his wife Fiete and family and developed Winfield Mobile Home Park on Beaverlake Road. Before moving to the Okanagan the Anderson operated the Calahoo Trading Store in Alberta. The Andersons operated the mobile home park until 1986 when they sold out and bought the Pestes Holdings (Adventureland) on Ponderosa Road. Norm stayed active with several small entrepreneurial ventures up until his death. He particularly enjoyed prospecting and placer mining for gold on those occasions when he could "get up the mountain into the great outdoors." He never, ever lost his appreciation of the beauty of the Okanagan ever since he first came here, working as a pipeline welder on the installation of the Inland Gas mains back in 1959. Predeceased by his wife Fiete in 1989, he is survived by his 3 daughters; Sharon, Ollie and Robin and by his son Aaron (Carmen). He is also survived by 3 brothers and 5 sisters, and special friend Doris Blomquist; also 7 grandchildren; Travis, Carly, Evan, Nathan, Emily, Bryce and Devan. Norman was deeply loved and will be sadly missed. A memorial service for the late Norman Anderson will be held on Friday, October 6, 1995 at 2:00 p.m. in the Winfield United Church with Reverend Sue MacGregor officiating. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Norm can make donations to the Kelowna General Hospital for the Kidney Dialysis Unit.
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HMCS VALLEYFIELD - Norman survived the sinking of HMCS Valleyfield on 07 May 1944
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