Norman Ray Weir
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1944 - 2021
The family of Mr. Norman Ray Weir are deeply saddened to announce his passing at the age of 76 on Sunday, February 14, 2021 in St. Joseph's Hospital, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Born in Toronto August 11, 1944, Norm grew up on the family farms in Markham and West Gwillimbury. He attended Bradford District High School. Throughout his life, Norm loved travelling and meeting new people. He would strike up a conversation with just about anyone.
In 1971, Norm met his future wife, Eila Määttä, on the beach of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A long-distance relationship flourished and they married in December 1972. In 1974 they welcomed their daughter, Yolanda. Having spent the first years in Toronto, the family moved to Bond Head, then to Lefroy and eventually settling in Oro township near Barrie, Ontario. In 2010, Norm and Eila moved to Thunder Bay to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
For most of his career, Norm was a proud transport truck driver, working for Imperial Roadways for fifteen years and lastly long distance hauling for TransX until his retirement at age 60.
Norm and Eila enjoyed spending time at their cottage near Burk’s Falls and later their “camp” outside of Thunder Bay. After retirement, they became “snow birds” and for many years they travelled to Palm Harbor, Florida to soak up the sun with new friends.
Norm was happiest spending time outdoors, enjoying long walks through the bush, chopping wood, cutting grass and shovelling snow. He was a lifelong Habs fan and had a passion for hockey, playing right up until the pandemic. He also enjoyed golfing, curling and playing pool. You would often find him playing Scrabble or chess with his family and various friends over the years. Norm was very proud of his grandchildren, spending quality time taking them to various activities, watching sports on television together and playing outside. He especially enjoyed going to the rink to watch them play hockey.
Survived by his loving wife, Eila; daughter, Yolanda (Craig) MacKinnon; cherished grandsons David and Andrew; siblings Robert Weir and Patricia (Norval) Botham; beloved nieces and nephews, Rhonda (Ken), Laurie (Jamie), Dan (Sabrina), Lena (Jon), Christopher, Adrianne and Brandon; Aunt Nancy and numerous cousins; sisters-in-law, Yvonne, Ilmi and Saara; brother-in-law, Heino; Lynn MacKinnon; life-long friends George Saunders, Bob Burton, Michael and Trish, the Dunkerron Group and many other good friends.
Predeceased by his parents Neil and Lois Weir; sister Maryann (Ted) Bosnich; beloved nephew Scott Weir; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; sisters and brothers-in-law; Ian MacKinnon; and good friends Paul Weidman, Larry Webb and Bill Butcher.
Funeral Services for the late Mr. Norman Weir will be held privately on Wednesday February 24, 2021 in the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma with the Rev. Susan Ivany officiating. A recording of the services will be available on the Everest of Thunder Bay website the following day.
As directed by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the attendance is restricted and a record of attendance must be maintained. Wearing of masks or face coverings by everyone and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet is mandatory for those attending.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.