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WPCA Mourns The Passing of Longtime Active Supporter Bob Norton

Bob Norton (L) Presenting the 2003 Media Award to Jamie Tiessen (R)
April 6, 1945 – July 1, 2021

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by the passing of longtime active supporter Bob Norton on Canada Day, July 1, 2021 after a lengthy illness at the age of 76.

Bob was a lifelong fan of chuckwagon racing and became actively involved as a tarp sponsor and officer of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association in the late 1990’s to the mid 2000’s. As a canvas sponsor he helped out no less than nine drivers in the early stages of their careers such as Jason Johnstone, Rae Croteau Jr., Troy Flad, Kurt Bensmiller, Mark Sutherland, Leonard Delaronde, Mike Vigen, Barry Hodgson and Leo Tournier. From the Qualification Run Off to the Calgary Stampede, Bob sponsored the drivers when they really needed assistance. As an officer and eventually Vice President of the WPCA, Bob helped lead the WPCA through very challenging times. He was very instrumental in the development and stability of the WPCA Radio Show which continues to this day. He also supported a number of the WPCA’s social events as well.

Bob will be greatly missed too by his wife, Linda; daughter Kristi (Lorne), granddaughters, Alaira & Teagan, grandson Gage; goddaughter, Lisa Reitzel (Mike), their children, Taylor & Evangeline; Brother Brian (JoAnne); nieces, Kate Al-Azzawi (Karim), children, Zachery (Jess) their children, Tatum & Beau and Paige; Heather Flowers (Matt), their children, Abigail & Ethan; Jennifer Johnson (Bob), their children, Bobby & Julia; nephew, John Ellis (Daniela), their children, Vincent & Joseph; along with many other close friends, neighbours and family all of whom were such a support to Bob and Linda in the last several years. He has gone to join dearly loved family previously deceased including his Mom, Pat, and Dad, Bud; Uncles George, Jim and James.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr Tsai Willis and the pulmonary team at RGH; dermatologist Dr M Kalisiak; Tom Baker’s surgical oncologist Dr G McKinnon; medical oncologist Dr Tina Cheng & radiology oncologists Dr. S. Faruqi & Dr. J Stosky; Dr. Matt Hall and Dr. Frank Cunningham, Janny, JoAnne and Tanis and all the staff at the Bonaventure Medical Clinic; and his home care aids Amy & Joyce.

Bob and Linda could not have managed without the guidance and care of the Palliative Care Team, Dr Foster, Terri Kerr and allied staff. The family is also especially thankful for the outstanding care he received from Dr T Murynka and staff at Southwood Hospice.

If you wish, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or Alberta Lung Association.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 1:00pm at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Bob will be missed by all in the WPCA, and we extend our sincere condolences to the Norton Family.

Billy Melville

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