Norman Howard Neitz 1949 – 2012

2010 Norman NeitzNorman Howard Neitz was born on the 23rd of March 1949 in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Jacob and Anna (Klaudt) Neitz. Norman was the second son and fourth child of Jacob and Anna. He had two older sisters Linda Irene (1943) and Shirley May (1946), an older brother Elmer (1941-1986) and a younger brother Raymond Bruce (1954). He lived there with his family until 1952.

Norman married Patricia Blanche Marie Dufour on the 29 of June 1972 in Calgary, Alberta. Patricia was born 27 April 1948 in St. Boniface, Manitoba. Together they had eight children together.

Norman was an auto body mechanic by trade. He loved to fix vehicles and tinker on them but he found that with such a large family he couldn’t make a living doing mechanics so he drove truck throughout his life to make ends meet and to provide for his family. He still tinkered with his mechanics and converted a lot of vehicles from gasoline to propane in his day.

One of Norman’s hobbies as he approached his retirement years was photography. He bought the best photography equipment money could buy and enjoyed hiking and exploring always watching for the perfect shot – whether it was wildlife or scenery.

Norman was a beloved father and enjoyed practical jokes. His children learned this from him and one day they decided to play a joke on their dad so when they set the table they prepared his table setting with a baby spoon, a baby cup and a baby plate. Norman didn’t notice anything askew until he sat down and prepared to serve himself. “What the heck is this?” was all he had to say. Another of his favorite sayings was, “What a bunch of crap!”

Norman loved his children a great deal. On another occasion his children had the responsibility of selling chocolate covered almonds. Norman drove them to the mall where there would be lots of prospective customers and set them up where they could sell their candy. However, they began to feel hungry and proceeded to eat the candy. When he returned a few hours later to pick them up, they tried to hide the evidence of what they had done but were quickly found out, but for some mysterious reason, everything was OK and they didn’t get into trouble for it.

Norman passed away in Raymond, Alberta on the 20th of November 2012 at the age of 63 in the home of his sister Shirley. He was laid to rest in Devon, Alberta Tuesday, November 27, 2012.