MR. VICTOR JEAN-BAPTISTE NORMANDEAU, our spouse, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully in Vernon, BC on Thursday, January 22nd, 2004, at the age of 87. Victor was born in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario on February 23rd, 1916. Angela, his wife of 58 years, his sons Dennis (Margaret), Paul (Laurie), Dale, foster son Bruce Garrigan and three foster daughters – Mary McDermid, Debbie (Carmen) Bob, and Patty McLeod, survive Victor. Also left to mourn his death are his sisters Edna Christiansen, Alma Hammond, Blanche Louttit, Beatrice Sutton, Betty (Allan) Pratt, and brothers Hector (May) Tourangeau, Bernard (Simone) Tourangeau, and Raymond (Yvette) Tourangeau. To this number can also be added eleven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nephews and nieces. Victor was predeceased by his father Jean-Baptiste, mother Louvana Tourangeau, stepfather John Tourangeau, brothers Telesphore “Dale” Normandeau, Albert Dubeau, and sisters Laura Metcalfe and Rosella Stevenson. Victor’s family moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta when he was an infant, then moved to other communities in Alberta until they settled in St. Lina. At the age of 15, Victor began working on a number of farms before he enlisted in the Air Force in 1941. After training as an airplane mechanic, Victor served in the RCAF as part of a ground crew in York, England from 1943 to 1945. Upon returning to Canada, he married his sweetheart, Angela Brisson, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Maillardville, B.C., on October 30, 1945. He found employment with the Canadian National Railway in 1946 and was transferred to Kamloops. He remained with CN Railway until his retirement in 1979. Victor and Angela moved to Vernon in 1994 to be close to his relatives. Victor was extremely kind and generous, never having an unkind word to say about anyone, and was always looking out for other people’s well being. This directed his involvement with the Knights of Columbus and the Royal Canadian Legion. His interests included model railroading and collecting toy cars. He was deeply committed to living out his Catholic Faith in both word and action and it can be said that he never had an enemy in the world. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Vigil Prayers for Victor will be offered on Wednesday, January 28th, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Coldstream. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 29th, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. again at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Father Dale Normandeau, Victor’s son, will preside at these services. In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make a donation may direct them to the Vernon Cancer Clinic or the Alzheimer’s Society. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 8Z5. (1-250-542-1187).

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