July 18, 1933 – July 11, 2022
With sadness we announce the passing of Norman Douglas Hawksworth of Rimbey, Alberta. Norman passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Monday, July 11, 2022 at the age of 88 years.
Norman was born in Debden, Saskatchewan on July 18, 1933 to Tillie and Douglas Hawksworth, the sixth of eight children. He did a bit of travelling – at one point spending five years in California with his brother Walter – eventually finding his way to Rimbey. Norman purchased a quarter section of land in 1960, married Iola Rose Schwieger in 1962, and together they raised three children: Dee, Dwayne, and Holly. Norman worked in the automotive service industry for many years. He worked at Sylver Service Garage for Syl Keith and Vergil Stevens. He then did a brief stint as a meat cutter for Percy Waldner, discovering that was not his thing! Norman then returned to the automotive field working for Bill McGeachy and Elmer Brown at B & E Services, which was later known as Rimbey Safety Services. The business was then sold to Dale Burchnall, then to Dean Vig, and finally to Keith Spelrem. Norman went with the business each time! He later retired, and unfortunately dementia became an issue a few years later. When Norman’s wife Iola passed away on December 24, 2009, Dwayne took a year off to care for him. Norman then moved into the Manor, and eventually to Long Term Care at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre. While in Long Term Care, Norman was blessed with amazing care until his passing.
Norman will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his family: two sons, Dee (Margo) of Rimbey; and Dwayne (Diana Stimson) also of Rimbey; one daughter Holly Hawksworth (Brian Mead) of Rocky Mountain House; as well as seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered by his brother Walter (Lisa) Hawksworth of Mirror; and his sister Laurine Darwin of Washington, U.S.A.; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Norman was predeceased by his parents; and five sisters: Doris Mickelson, Evelyn Tymchuk, Elsie Hawksworth, Jeanette Hawksworth, and Margie Hayhurst.
A Memorial Service in Celebration of Norman’s Life will be held at the Rimbey United Church, Rimbey on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Marco Ste-Marie officiating. He will be laid to rest with his wife in the Iola Fairview Cemetery, Bluffton at a later date. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Norman’s memory may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, Long Term Care, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com). Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Norman Douglas Hawksworth entrusted to the care of Oberhammer Funeral Chapels Ltd.
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