MacLaren; Norman Ross
March 7, 1931 – October 15, 2014
Norman MacLaren, beloved husband of Lorna and cherished father of Scott (Kristi), Kerry (Sandy Stephens), Tracy and Shelley (Steve Pilling) passed away at daybreak on October 15. He was the adored grandfather of Kira (Ingemar), Logan (Kaila) and Kaz Kotilla, Ryan (Leah) Laderoute, Morgan and Drew Pilling (Becca Bruni) and Kate MacLaren-Varga. Norman is also survived by two great granddaughters, Reese and Diem Laderoute and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters. Norm was born in Viking, Alberta and moved to Chilliwack where he graduated from CHS. He entered the teaching profession and completed his BEd at UBC and other credentials at WWU. Norm taught in Quesnel, Golden and Prince Rupert, returning in 1956 to marry Lorna and begin teaching in Chilliwack. He was appointed an administrator and served as principal of several district schools. After retirement, he was pleased and honoured to be visited by many former students and colleagues.
Norm, in his younger years, was a talented athlete. He loved the outdoors and in later years delighted in sharing adventures with his family and friends. Sailing, skiing, fishing and flying were a few of his interests. He loved history and had wonderful recall of facts and figures, including those from the Bible. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church where he formed many wonderful friendships.
His dignity of character, his concern for family and friends and his incredible wit sustained him throughout his battle with cancer. His family members wish to thank Dr. Bull and the Cascades Hospice team for their compassionate care. Appreciation and thanks are extended to the many friends and relatives who visited Norm during his illness. Norm requested a private family memorial service which was held at St. John’s Church on Saturday, October 18, 2014. A gathering of friends will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations to the Chilliwack Hospice Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may
be left @ www.woodlawn-mtcheam.ca