Written by Laura SnellFriday, Nov 15 2019, 9:12 AM
Norman Ricketts November 1st, 1936 – November 12th, 2019
With love in their hearts, the family of Norman Ricketts announce the peaceful passing of their beloved Dad, Grandfather and Great Grandfather “Umpie” at the High River Hospital on November 12th, 2019.
Norman was predeceased by his loving son, Kevin, in 1972 and his beloved wife, Marjorie, in 2017.
Norman is survived by his daughters Isleta (Dave), Bernadette (Rob), grandchildren Krystle (Paul), Jayson (Justine), Michael (India), Brett (Haley), Ethan and great grandchildren Walker, Ivy and Nash.
Norm was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He went on to work in Swaziland, and while there met the love of his life and soulmate, Marjorie. Following their marriage in Swaziland, and the birth of their son Kevin, they moved back to South Africa where daughters Isleta and Bernadette were born, completing the family.
In 1969, Norm and Marjorie moved to Toronto, Canada. It was here that they suffered the tragic loss of their son Kevin in 1972. In 1974, Norman and Marjorie relocated with their daughters to Alberta, living for a time in Calgary before making High River their final home in 1978.
Following Norm’s retirement from his Tax & Licensing career at the age of 55, and Marjorie’s retirement from her Nursing career, also at age 55, many years were spent traveling, with numerous trips to South Africa, along with exploring Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Hawaii and the western United States. They eventually chose Palm Springs for their annual winter getaway where they spent some of their happiest days until Marjorie’s untimely death in 2017, a loss in which Norm never recovered.
Norman very much enjoyed spending time with his friends, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was these bonds that were his source of strength as he tried to adjust to his life without Marjorie. Norm found particular satisfaction in seeing the lives his grandchildren were creating for themselves and he spoke most often of this with immense pride and pleasure.
At Norm’s request, “since this will be my last scotch on earth” the family invites friend to join them for a Celebration of Norm’s Life “in the form of a wake. Wake, Wake, Wake!” following the Prayer Service.
Prayer Service & Celebration of Life – Friday, November 15th, 7:00pm Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River
Funeral Mass & Reception – Tuesday, November 19th, 1:00pm St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, High River
Norman will be laid to rest at the High River Cemetery alongside his beloved wife and their cherished son whose cremated remains rest with Marjorie.
It is here that they shall be Three Souls Eternally United.
If so desired Memorial Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the High River Hospital Foundation