Major Wayne William Norris born January 5, 1950 in Morris Man., lost his long and courageous battle with cancer, December 22, 2002. Wayne passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his family.
He leaves to cherish his memory, the love of his life, his devoted wife Trish; son Darren (Julia); daughters, Angela (Chris), and Pamela (Curtis); and precious grandson Caleb. In addition, brothers, Charles (Sandra), Tom (Caren), Bob (Rita), Nelson (Connie), Barry (Pauline), and Allan; sister-in-law Judy (Bob); brothers-in-law, Dennis and Hank; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends (including the members of 443 (MH) Squadron). Each and everyone very special to Wayne, including his cousin and guardian angel Merle (Bob).
Wayne received great fulfillment from his military career which started in Kingston, Ont. where at the age of 16 he enrolled as a soldier apprentice in the Canadian Army Apprentice Training Programme. Postings to CFB Calgary, Royal Canadian Navy Preparatory School (Esquimalt), Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School (Chilliwack), 22nd NORAD Region HQ (North Bay), CFS Moisie, 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (Portage la Prairie), 2 CFFTS (Course 7601) and Base Rescue Flight (Moose Jaw), Central Flying School (Winnipeg), E-3 AWACS (Tinker AFB-Oklahoma), CFOCS, 3CFFTS, CFOCS as Deputy Commandant, AIRCOM HQ (Winnipeg), MARPAC HQ (Esquimalt) and finally, a dream realized, a posting to 443 (MH) Squadron (Pat Bay) with attached postings to both HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Vancouver rounded out the 36 plus years he proudly served.
Wayne, a loving husband, father and grandfather, spent his leisure time fishing, gardening and Volksporting, but nothing brought more joy than the time he spent with his grandson. His genuine interest in people and kindhearted manner endeared him to all.
A special thanks to 443 (MH) Squadron, Dr. K. McKeen/Base Hospital Staff, the B.C. Cancer Agency (Victoria), Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care.
A very special thanks to family and friends who supported Wayne during these last months. As per his request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation for research: Ste. 200 – 601 W. Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4C2.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 at 1 p.m. at Henderson’s Funeral Homes Ltd., 45901 Victoria Ave., Chilliwack. A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 10, 2003 at Belmont Park Protestant Chapel, Belmont Park, Victoria (for further information, call 250-363-4030). Reception to follow – Wardroom CFB Esquimalt. Another memorial service will be held at Morris United Church, Morris, Man. Memorial announcement to follow.