Leland Emerson “Lee”
May 13, 1925 – Jan. 28, 2012
Leland Emerson Norris passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at the age of 86 years.
Born in Youngstown, Alberta, Lee spent his childhood and youth in Nevis and Erskine and started his working years driving truck for his Dad, hauling coal, livestock and grain. He married Ruth Volker of Great Bend in 1947 and lived in Erskine and later Stettler where their daughter was born. In 1951, an opportunity with Schlumberger took them to Calgary from which Lee applied his driving skills to deliver the company’s first Dip Meter services to oil producers all over Alberta. Tired of all the travel, he had a brief owner-operator experience with a White Rose service station in Calgary, and then settled into a twenty-five year career with Western Rockbit, working in their Calgary and Crossfield fabrication facilities and retiring in 1990.
He enjoyed many stays with family and guests at the cottage at Buffalo Lake, where his favourite activity was BBQing and enjoying good old Alberta beef and Saskatoon pie! Later summers were highlighted by trailering vacations with Gordon and Muriel, Dave and Marian and Jim and Judy. He was a dedicated fan of western novels and any movie starring John Wayne, and his latter years were brightened by the joy of his Yorkshire terriers, Pebbles and Penny.
“Lee” is survived by their only child, Judy and son-in-law Jim Snyder, grandson Mark and wife Jessica, and great-grand-children, Ava who is five, Sadie Ruth who is three and Zachary who is three weeks old, all of Calgary, as well as his sisters-in-law Isabelle (Galen) Norris of Calgary and Muriel (Gordon) Norris of Stettler, sister and brother-in-law Marian and David Kaufman of Calgary, brother and sister-in-law Dale and Alice Norris of Red Deer, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-four years, Ruth Lerine, his parents, Mary and Nathan Norris, his infant sister Connie, his sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Ivan Combest, and his brothers Galen and Gordon.
A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to The Erskine Cemetery, c/o Doris Peterson, PO Box 408, Erskine, AB T0C 1G0.
In living memory of Lee Norris, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by
McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES,
Chapel of the Bells,
2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH,
CALGARY, AB T2E 2V6