Norma Doris Hurst (Nee Burt) passed away peacefully in her sleep December 23, 2020 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital at the age of 86.
Born September 23, 1934 in Hackney London England. She was evacuated just after the start of the London Blitz to Martock, a small village in Somerset to stay with her paternal grandparents and attended Lodmoor School, all of which she spoke of fondly. She came to Canada with her parents and younger sister, in 1952.
Norma joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was stationed throughout Eastern Canada before putting her roots down in B.C. where she would live a long life fulfilled with love and abundant in family. Norma was the beloved wife and best friend of her one and only love of 43 years, the late Ronald Victor Hurst,(passed, November 26th 1998) After meeting Ronald at a Victoria Bay Street Armouries Dance in April of 1955, they became inseparable and married in July of the same year. In 1957, they started their family and she became a devoted mother to Stephen (Dawna), Lisa (Steve), Roderick (Melinda), Jacqueline and Kristine, and later a loving Nanny to 13 Grand-children and 11 Great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her younger Sister Cheryl (Daniel), as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews throughout Canada and England.
Norma was willing to give all that she could to her family. Family came first in the Hurst household. It has been said that home isn’t always a place but more a feeling. Anyone who had the pleasure of sitting down to a hot cup of tea at Norma’s house, knew this feeling. She was a strong home to many with her heart of gold. Everyone was welcome at Norma’s house for a cup of tea and cookies or a hot meal just as long as you had proper table manners. She told her visitors stories of the war and surviving on rations during the London Blitz and if you knew Norma well, you would look forward to one of Sunday Roast dinners! If you had a problem she was the first person you wanted to confide in because she was seasoned in life and always had something comforting and insightful to say. Norma had a memory as sharp as a tack and wrote stories and memoirs of her failures and successes for her family to enjoy. She was a proud woman who asked for very little but always gave a lot. She was quick with her wit and always diplomatic in presenting her true feelings. She kept her head high and heart in the right place. She was sentimental but open to change. She was superstitious and believed in omens but also believed that good things can happen to good people.
In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you take a moment to pour a hot cup of tea and check in on your children, grandchildren, or spend a moment in the back garden.
Time waits for no one and family and tea time are the two most important gifts of life on Earth.