It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the death of Norm Downs at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on August 3, 2013 at the age of 82. Norm passed quietly, with the love of his life Audrey, his wife of 26 years by his side.

Norm joined the army in August 1950 to fight in the Korean war. He retired 24 ½ years later with the rank of Warrant Officer. He was office manager for Yukon Indian Affairs for 1 year and then was drawn to Vernon where he worked for Canada Employment and Immigration as an Employment Counselor until he retired in 1991.

Norm is further survived by son Jim (Nancy) Downs of Salmon Arm; extended family Dale Major of Vancouver; Keith (Sharyl) Major of Calgary; Bruce (Kristin) Major of Topsfield Ma; grandchildren Danielle and John Downs; and step-grandchildren James and Cale Major; Michael, William, Matthew and Thomas Major. He also leaves his siblings Jim Downs of Toronto; Dorothy Godden of Waterloo; and his step brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Ralph (Carole) Hounslow; Myrt (Larry) Blake both of Vernon and Les (Norreen) Hounslow of Kamloops. There are many nieces, nephews and cousins that meant a lot to Norm.

He is predeceased by his first wife Myrt, sister-in-law Pat Downs and brother-in-law Donald Godden.

A funeral service will be held on August 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home (4303 Pleasant Valley Road) followed by a tea at Desert Cove Rec Center (Head of the Lake Road) at 3:30 p.m. For further information please call Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vernon Jubilee Foundation in Norm’s memory or a charity of your choice.

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