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ANDERSON - Peacefully, at home, NORMAN RALPH ANDERSON, at the age of 84. Loving husband and dear friend of Valerie (Taylor) Smith. Norm was blessed with three marriages throughout his life. His first marriage was to Patricia (Smith) Anderson of London, England, whom he met while stationed in Surrey during the war. Loved father of their twin daughters Norma and her husband Jim Smith of Ireland and Dierdre Lloyd of Manchester, along with son Sean and his wife Rosaline Anderson, London, UK and their mother Patricia. Norm was then married to Gloria Halliwell Glanfield for over thirty years until her death in 1990, and was much loved and respected by their son David and his wife Sara Anderson of Camlachie. Step-father to Gloria's children Linda and husband Lee McQuirter of Sarnia and Len and his wife Maureen Glanfield of British Columbia. Norm also enjoyed becoming step-father to Val's children, Shelly and her husband Laurence Lovegrove, Petrolia, Terry Smith, Strathroy, and Julie and her husband Dale Kelly of Forest. Much loved grandfather of 12 grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Predeceased by wife Gloria (1990) and granddaughter Lauren Gloria Anderson (2000). Norm was born on July 17th, 1921 at Ochre River, Manitoba, to Ralph Waldo Anderson (1955) and Margaret Young, who died when Norm was 5 years old. His grandmother Eliza Young (1973), whom Norm highly respected and loved dearly, stepped in to raise him and his siblings, George (1991), Ross (1972) Marguerite and Malcolm (1987) MacDonald of Sarnia, and William and his wife Ida, also of Sarnia. Norm's father re-married Jessie Dalgliesh (1985) and had two sons, Norm's half brothers James (1984) and Gerald and his wife Gladys of Trenton. At the age of 16, Norm went to Malartic, Quebec to work in the gold mines with his father. He joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1941 in Noranda, Quebec and went overseas in September. He was on Active Service in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, including the D-day landings on Juno Beach. He returned to Canada in '45 and worked in the mines until coming to Sarnia in '50 to work in the insulation business, mainly building the plants in the Chemical Valley, eventually purchasing Commercial & Industrial Insulation in '76 and selling it in '82. He owned and developed Forest Golf & Country Hotel from '58 til '89. Not liking retirement, together with his son David, he purchased and developed Bonnie Doon Golf & Country Club. Norm loved sports. He played hockey when he was young and of course enjoyed golf. He was a great curler and a Lifetime Member of the Forest Curling Club. In later years he was a great spectator, especially whenever Dale and Julie played. Norm lived a very full life. Beneath the often gruff exterior lay a heart of gold, one to which his much-loved grandchildren and step-grandchildren can attest. He had many friends and was a good husband and father. He did a lot of good in the community that no one ever knew about. Resting at the RONN E. DODGE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTRE, 9 James St. S. at Watt (Forest) Lambton Shores. Visitation Sunday 2 - 4, 7 - 9. Legion Parade Sunday evening at 6:45 p.m. Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Forest United Church with Rev. Cathy Larmond officiating. Interment Beechwood Cemetery, Forest. Donations to Community Care Access Centre appreciated by the family. (Cheques only received at the funeral home). A tree will be planted in memory of Norm by the Dodge Family.
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