Norman Eric Wade was born in Sullivan, B.C. where his grandfather, Edmund, homesteaded during
the 1870’s. Eric and Beatrice Wade, Norm’s mother and father, are remembered in the Cloverdale
area as long time members of Christ Church Anglican.
Norm and his brother and sisters attended school in Cloverdale. From an early age he worked in the
coastal logging industry, moving to Aspen Grove, B.C. in 1946 to start his own sawmill operation,
Wade Lumber Company. In 1949, Norm married Lorraine Parker and they had two children, Eric
During 1958, Norm began operation of Echo Valley Ranch. He purchased his fi rst Angus heifers from
Gilroy and Stevens in 1960 and during that same year he joined the Canadian Angus Association
as a life member. In 1962, Norm sold Echo Valley Ranch to Douglas Lake Cattle Company and
purchased a 400 acre ranch in Coldstream, B.C. He moved his herd and family there that same year.
Kalamal Angus became a respected herd name over the next 12 years.
Norm was infl uential in the Canadian Angus Association; working as a director starting in 1965 and
becoming president in 1972. The ranch sold in 1973 and Norm built a family home on a 12 acre
hayfi eld adjacent to the original ranch. He continued his devotion to Angus cattle; promoting the
breed as B.C. Angus fi eldman over the next 35 years.
His work with the 4-H Clubs throughout B.C., inspiring the youth in agriculture and teaching them
the skills of making rope halters, gave him a lot of pleasure and proved to be some of the happiest
times of his life. We will miss watching him hand out his calf halters to all club members. Norm
spent hours making halters which are used today on cattle province wide.
Norm was an active hunter and fi sherman his whole life. He enjoyed many trips duck hunting on the
prairies and deer hunting throughout B.C. Norm and Lorraine also traveled throughout Canada and
the U.S. in their Ford Econovan.
Norm’s travels in Alberta and Saskatchewan got him involved in the petroleum and gas industry. He
was on the board of directors of Tappit Resources Ltd. from 1987 until 2003. His many wonderfully
told stories of things he’d seen over the years and his practical wisdom were always appreciated at
the boardroom table, at the desks of Tappit’s employees and at steak dinners at the Hotel Sask. &
Golf’s Steak House.
Norm was a kind hearted and loving man who devoted his life to Lorraine and his family. On the
morning of Friday, June 6th, 2008 Norm passed away peacefully at his home in his 86th year. He is
survived by his loving wife Lorraine, his devoted children, Eric and Karen, sisters, Bernice and Louise,
and cousins, Dorothy and Mary. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended
family and friends.
A celebration of Norm’s life will be held at the Prestige Hotel, 4411 – 32nd Street, Vernon, B.C. on
Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 12 noon. In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made in Norm’s memory
to the Grasslands Conservation Council of B.C. , 954 Laval Crescent., Kamloops, B.C. V2C 5P5 or to
the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #202 – 3402-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C., V1T 1S1.
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4
February 15th, 1922
June 6th, 2008