Oct 30, 1942 – Dec 26, 2017
Norma Siddiqui, 75, of Coldstream, passed away December 26, 2017 in Vernon, British Columbia.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Vernon Golf & Country Club, in Vernon BC on May 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm.
Norma was born in Kingston, Ontario to Norman and Betty Phillips on October 30, 1942. She went to high school in Arvida, Quebec, continued on to earn a B. Comm in 1963 from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Economics (1967). She later completed her M.ED from Bishop’s University. She worked at the Royal Bank before finding her calling in teaching young minds at Champlain College in Lennoxville, Quebec. Norma was the President of the University Women’s club, and started a scholarship program for girls which is still going strong.
Norma enjoyed reading, travel, helping people, and spending time with her family. She was generous of her time and spirit and helped educate many poor and struggling children in Pakistan by creating a charity that continues to this day. She was also an adventurous athlete who took up windsurfing in its infancy and waterskied and biked late into her sixties.
Norma is preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Norman Phillips, and two brothers Donald and Roger Phillips.
Norma is survived by her husband Fakhari Siddiqui; sister Onolee Whicher; daughters Sabrina and Shahauna; and son, Shaheen.
Having suffered from the tragedy of dementia for many years, it is the family’s wish that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Heritage Square for providing excellent care, and to Jill Simpson and Pat Jennens for their genuine love, support and care of Norma.