William NORRISH

NORRISH, William Edwin

After 93 fully lived years, Bill passed away peacefully in Chilliwack, BC on November 27, 2010, with the loving support of his family and friends near and far. Survived by Miriam (nee Blackham), his wife of 70 years, his children Roger (Joan) Ed, Susan (Fred) Kleiss, Alex (Janice), and Sheena (Stan) Stenerson; 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Bill is also survived by his brother Ron (Bertha). Bill was a proud member of Branch 57, Royal Canadian Legion in Mission, BC. He served in World War Two as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and saw duty in Alaska, England and Holland. Bill dedicated a significant part of his life to teaching. He first taught at Nicomen Island Elementary School. After his war service, he resumed teaching at Stave Falls and Hatzic elementary schools. He became the first principal of Edwin S. Richards Elementary School in 1950 and retired in that position in 1973. Bill received his Bachelor of Education Degree from UBC in November 1964. Bill enjoyed vegetable gardening, travelling and attending the five year Norrish family reunions. He loved the sport of curling and was a member of the Mission Curling Club from 1954 to 2005. The funeral service will be held on Sat., Dec 4th at Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home, 7386 Horne St., at 11:00am. Internment to follow at Hatzic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 57 Poppy Fund or the Cascades Hospice, Chilliwack.