Passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia. Born in Oslo, Norway ERIK NORMAN was 96 years of age. As a young man Erik served with the Norwegian Navy during World War II and survived being torpedoed and sunk aboard the HNoMS Svenner on D Day. Svenner was the only allied warship sunk by the German Navy on D Day. Later, in 1957, he immigrated to Canada. Settling in Sarnia, he worked as a process operator at Imperial Oil, a company he also worked for in Norway. He eventually fulfilled a lifelong dream and purchased a farm on Churchill Line near Wyoming where he lived the rest of his life. Erik was a skilled woodworker and enjoyed sailing in his spare time. He was quiet, gentle, bigger than life, and courageous. He was an unassuming man, devoted to his family and friends and was loved and respected by many. He will be greatly missed by his wife Norma (nee Johnson), his children Helen and Gil Mar of Seattle, Kristian and Marilyn Norman of Edmonton, and Erik and Christine Norman of Belle River, and his grandchildren Christy and her children Ashley and Peyton, Keshia, Jenna, Catherine and her daughter Eliza, and Heather. A service remembering Erik’s life will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 1:00p.m. at the Wyoming Chapel, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming. Visitors will be received from 12:00 pm. to 12:45 pm. Interment of cremated remains will happen at a later date when all family members can attend. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the C.E.E. Hospital Foundation or the Poppy Fund of the Royal Canadian Legion. Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.needhamjay.com.