1922 – 2010
Norman Leonard Pickett passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on August 5, 2010 following a mercifully short battle with pancreatic cancer. Norm is survived by his two loving daughters, Julie (Howard) Friesen of Medicine Hat, Alberta and Claudia (Bruce) Jones of Regina, Saskatchewan as well as his grandchildren, Jennifer (Cam) Wood-Kaetler, Erin (Garver) Friesen-Wong, Kim Friesen and Mark Friesen. Norm is also survived by his beloved special friend, Norma Martin. He was predeceased by his first wife Grace (Neufeldt) Pickett of 41 years and his second wife, Bonnie in 2003 as well as his granddaughter Carla Roebuck in 1991. Norman was born on March 30, 1920 in Alsask, Saskatchewan where he lived until completion of grade 12. He subsequently took courses in mechanics at SAIT in Calgary. In April, 1940 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and served his country as an Aero Engine Mechanic serving in various provinces at RCAF flying schools. He was extremely active and committed in serving his community. Norm was Deputy Fire Chief of the Stettler Fire Department for 19 years. As a veteran, he served as secretary of the Legion for many years and was one of the founding members of the Stettler Museum. Norm was a Grand Master and Past Master of the Masons and also served on many community organizations through his long time residency in Stettler. Until his retirement in 1985, Norm was a partner and partsman in Modern Machine and Superior Garages. Norm was an avid collector of antique tractors and intrigued about their restoration, obtaining a first class steam ticket in his quest to restore these steam engines. His long time passion for music lasted throughout his life. All by ear, he played violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin and saxophone and could pick up any instrument and play for the sheer love of music. A family cabin at Buffalo Lake was constructed by Norm and friends, and there many wonderful friendships and happy family memories were created. Norm will be dearly missed and was very loved by all his family and many friends. Funeral services will be held at the Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 Ross Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Immed- iately following the service family and friends will gather in the lower hall of the church for a time of fellowship and light refreshments. Interment will then be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Lake View Cemetery in Stettler. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Norm, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta T0C2L0. 403.742.3315 or toll free at 1.888.942.3315. Condolences can be e-mailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.