Bob Norman on May 29, 2021 on his 90th birthday, holding his copy of the Downhomer.
I was born on May 29, 1931 on Bell Island, Newfoundland.
I left home when I was 18 in 1949 and came to Galt, now Cambridge, Ontario to make a new life for myself. I met and married Jean Davidson in 1953. We have two daughters, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. We celebrated our 67th wedding anniversary on June 20, 2020.
My mom and dad were Bob and Annie Norman (nee Mercer) and we had a large family of 17. My dad worked as an electrician in the #2 mines on Bell Island and was fire chief on the island in later years. We lived on Grammar Street and our home is still there. We had many wonderful family times, especially at Christmas. Dad made sure we had schooling and enough to eat but there were not many other luxuries.
In 1942, when I was just 11 years old, I remember two German u-boats coming into conception bay, where several anchored boats were torpedoed. Scotia pier was also torpedoed where boats were loading. Many lives were lost.
I now live in Port Dover, Ontario and even though I don't live near the ocean anymore, I am blessed to view beautiful Lake Erie every day.