Frederick Norman Hall Reeve died in hospital in Seattle on Tuesday December 14, 2010 at the age of 71 following complications from spinal surgery. Norm will be deeply missed by his children Michael, Helen, and Daniel (of Vernon), their spouses Noelle (nee Watt), Bruce Dawson, and Kat Ao and his grandchildren Andrew, Maria, Sarah, and Ian, as well as by his brother Dr. C. E. Reeve, his wife Phyllis, and their children. He was predeceased by his father Rev. Canon C. E. Reeve, mother Dorothy, and sister Helen.
Norm was born in Innisfail, Alberta on May 13, 1939. His childhood was spent in Calgary and in Vernon. He graduated from VSS in 1957. One of his first jobs as a DJ set up his lifelong love for music. He subsequently got a job at CP Rail in B. C. and then in Quebec. He earned a BA in Classics followed by a Masters of Library Science from the University of Toronto. He was active in his community on the east coast, giving his time and enthusiasm to encourage youth to read, setting up and run a children’s softball league and sitting on the board of the local association for the mentally handicapped.
He lived in Abbotsford and then Alaska throughout the 1980s and into the late 1990s before finally moving to Salt Lake City for a second career of food services, catering, and bartending — a business he enjoyed tremendously as it allowed him to combine his favourite hobby of cooking with his favourite past-time, talking with people.
While he began to slow down five years ago after being diagnosed with a rare lung condition, he only retired in the summer of 2010 and split the last six months of his life between visiting his grandchildren on their farm in Ontario and at their home in Kirkland, Washington.
Funeral services will be held at the church where his father was rector for many years, All Saints Church, Vernon, British Columbia, at 2:00 pm December 28, 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Saturday Soup Kitchen at All Saints, Vernon B.C., or to the Pulmonary Research division of The Deseret Foundation, Salt Lake City Utah.