It is with great emotion that the family of Norman Edward Lockman
announces his passing on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006 at his home at
the Princess Court Long-Term Care.
Norman was born on a farm in La Vallee, Ont. on Sept. 2, 1928 to William and Margaret Lockman. When Norm was 24 years old, he met the love of his life, Mildred. They spent 53 years of joy and sorrow together raising five children.
Dad was a hard-working man, spending most of his life working in the bush. At the beginning of his “career,” he used his team of horses; later, he became a machine operator.
He used to work on the tugboats, bringing the wood into town down the river. It was exciting to see Dad coming in on the boat.
Following an accident in the bush in the ’90s, he was forced to retire.
Dad had many enjoyments in life, including fishing and hunting, and growing flowers and houseplants; he even tried his hand at raising tropical fish. He enjoyed farm life as he’d been raised so, of course, there were many vegetable gardens.
A tragic point in Norman’s life was the loss of his grandson, Charlie, who was killed in a car accident. He was never quite the same after that.
Dad never judged, and always gave an ear or hand when needed. For that, he will always be missed. Sometimes we wish we had of listened more closely to the advice and talks he would give us.
Norman is survived by the love of his life, Mildred; sons, William (Brenda) Lockman of Bakersfield, Calif. and Norman (Claudia) Lockman Jr. of Thunder Bay, Ont.; daughters, Norma (Ralph) Pietila of Ignace, Ont., Arlene Lockman of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Tracy (Dennis) Trudel of Oxdrift, Ont.; 21 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Norman also is survived by two brothers, Ken (Agnes) Lockman of Emo, Ont. and Allan (Carmen) Lockman of Atikokan, Ont.; and two sisters-in-law, Johanna Lockman and Eleanor Lockman, both of Fort Frances, Ont.
Special niece, Lorretta Allan, and special nephew, Alvin Haner, also will sadly miss Norman.
A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at 1 p.m. at the Ignace Anglican United Church in Ignace, with Mrs. Jeannie Bryan officiating.
Interment of ashes will take place at a later date.
The honourary pallbearers were his 21 grandchildren and two friends, John George of Fort Frances, Ont. and Marcel Poisson of Ignace, Ont.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, Ont., P8N 2X3.