Norman John Briscoe

July 23,1924 – November 4, 2021

A Life Well Lived

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Norm Briscoe on November 4, 2021 at the age of 97 surrounded by his family at Lanark Heights Nursing Home in Kitchener. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Freida of 70 years, son Brent Briscoe and daughter in-law Lori Briscoe, grandchildren Colin Briscoe (wife Taylor Briscoe), Cara Briscoe and great grandchild Bauer Briscoe, all of Waterloo.

He will also be missed by his dear friends Bob and Judy Chambers of Barrie, David and Sharon Smith of Bracebridge and the truly wonderful caregivers at Lanark Heights Long Term Care Home. We are eternally grateful to everyone at Lanark Heights who surrounded Norm with love, care and dignity in his last few years. We are also extremely grateful to the wonderful caregivers at Cedarcroft Place in Stratford.

Norm was predeceased by his loving parents Arthur and Grace Briscoe of London, his wonderful sister Beryl Armstrong of Green Bay Wisconsin and his loving son Rory of London.

Born in Liverpool England in 1924, Norm and his family came to Canada in 1929, where they settled in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. When arriving in Canada, life became busy for him. At the age of 20, it was clear Norm was going to be a man who served his community by volunteering on four different boards of directors in Sault Ste. Marie. Throughout his life Norm was involved in sixty (yes 60) service clubs, boards of directors, church clubs, sports clubs and volunteer organizations in the many communities he lived. He was proudest of being a lifelong Rotarian and a member of the Stratford Rotary club since 1975, which he was still active in it until age 93. At the age of 21, Norm began his 52-year career in banking in Picklecrow, Ontario. He started with CIBC but soon after joined the Royal Bank where he spent most of his career. One of the proudest moments of his career was opening up the Stratford Downie Street Royal Bank branch. Norm retired from working life when he was 73!

In 1949, Norm met the love of his life Freida Mitchell at the Kapuskasing Inn where they both lived. The banker married the teacher on August 6th, 1951 in Blind River Ontario where Freida’s family lived. In 1954, they moved to Toronto and gave birth to Rory in 1955 and Brent in 1959. As busy as he was with being a banker working long hours and serving his community, above all Norm was a devoted and loyal husband and the best dad one could imagine.

Norm lived his life in the service of others, his family, his friends and his community. People he knew would tell you about the positive impact he had on their lives, whether it be helping people and businesses with financial matters or simply by making them laugh and cheering them up with his sense of humour and compassion. And anyone will tell you he was the sharpest dressed man in town!

While we are sad for our loss, our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude for Norm’s life well lived. As true a gentleman as you will ever meet!

Family and friends are invited to a visitation at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 40 Huron St, Stratford on Monday, November 15, 2021, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. The funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. All guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and identification prior to entering. Those who wish to join the family from their home can do so by clicking view livestream under Norm’s obituary on the funeral home website. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Rotary Club Stratford through the funeral home. 519.271.7411.

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