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WPCA Mourns The Passing Of Chuckwagon Legend Norm Haynes

Norm Haynes (second from right and inset)
April 18, 1932 - September 15, 2021

1950 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champions
R.S. Heberling Chuckwagon Outfit
(L-R): Outriders Ralph Buzzard, Mac Leask, Driver Bob Heberling,
Viscount Alexander Presenting, Outriders Norm Haynes, Bill Haynes
Photo Courtesy of Billy Melville Collection

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by the passing of chuckwagon legend Norm Haynes on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at the age of 89.

Norm will be remembered as one of the greatest outriders of all time. He started his career as a jockey for Hank Willard at age 14, and started outriding at age 16 in 1948. Over the next 16 years he won an incredible 11 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championships outriding for Bob Heberling (1950), Hank Willard (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954), Lloyd Nelson (1956), Hally Walgenbach/Dale Flett (1959) and Dale Flett (1957, 1961, 1962, 1963). His most cherished victory was his first in 1950 riding along side his father Bill Haynes for Bob Heberling’s winning outfit. It was the first time a father-son combination outrode for the Rangeland Derby Champion in the same year.

An injury on the final night of the 1963 Calgary Stampede abruptly ended Norm's competitive career and soon after he continued his chuckwagon career as a chuckwagon judge. By 1967 he had assumed the role of Head Chuckwagon Judge for the Calgary Stampede and continued in this role until his retirement after the 2007 Calgary Stampede. Throughout his 40 plus years as a chuckwagon judge, Norm was instrumental in many of the changes, including the redesign of the chuckwagons themselves in 1987, that made the chuckwagon races safer. In 2008, Norm was honored with the the Calgary Stampede's Pioneers Of Rodeo Award for 60 years of service to the Calgary Stampede.

In addition to his career in chuckwagon racing, Norm was an accomplished hockey player, baseball player, amateur boxer, and enjoyed playing golf as well. Norm was predeceased by Gwen, his wife of 67 years, his parents, William and Elizabeth, his siblings Laura, Roy, Bill, Margaret, Albert, George, and his son-in-law, Cal Brassard. Norm is survived by his children, Sherilyn (Larry), Bill, and Shawna (Marty), grandchildren, Amanda, Jessie (Katie) Ryan and Shawn and great grandchildren, Rylee and Tucker.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the family is deeply saddened that they are unable to have a community celebration of Norm's life at this time  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Didsbury Bethany in Norm's name to support the music programs. (BethanyCareFoundation.com) or Bethany Care Foundation, 100 - 2915 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2B 2W6 Heartland Funeral Services, Ltd., Didsbury, entrusted with arrangements. 403-335-4773.

Norm will be missed by all in the WPCA, and we extend our sincere condolences to the Haynes family.

Billy Melville

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