Norman Charney

08/06/1943 - 24/06/2020

Obituary for Norman Charney

June 8, 1943 – June 24, 2020

On Wednesday, June 24th, 2020, Norman Charney, loving father, brother and grandfather, passed peacefully in his home at the age of 77.

Norm was born on June 8th, 1943 in Grande Prairie, AB to Rebecca and Jack Charney. On May 1st, 1965 he married Lois Nellis. Together they raised three children, Doug, Darren and Leah.

Since the age of 17, Norman has worked in many different areas. From logging and trucking to heavy equipment operating, either as an employee or for his own businesses. His personality and work ethic cultivated many long lasting relationships. It was nearly impossible to go anywhere without running into someone he knew.

Norm was equally involved in his life outside of work. Whether it was heading a committee, being a chauffeur or volunteering for school or sport activities for his kids. Later, he found a passion in baking to share with family or at the Seniors Centre. He was an active member in many communities; auctions, curling, golfing and ball. He took every opportunity to support his family to ensure their lives were the best they could be. His guidance, support and easy conversation will be missed.

He is survived by his son Doug and daughter Leah (Bruce), grandkids Nathan (Gabriella) and Lexi, brother Don and numerous beloved extended family members.

Norm was preceded in death by his wife Lois, son Darren, parents Becky and Jack, and sister Joyce.

A service is yet to be decided due to current restrictions.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Dear Leah & Lexi, Doug and Don and all the many friends and family of Norman who knew him as an adopted relative. Norman was a band parent so often to so many in the RV Jazz and Concert Band. Norman was a dad to all on the school band trips. My parents were at your parents so often growing up that I grew to trust and love Norman. Losing him is a real heartbreak for your family, my family and the whole community. We are with you in your grief. Deepest sympathy to you the Charney family.
- Edi Giesbrecht
Sad to hear and sorry for for loss of your Brother Norman
- Shawn Leonard
Sorry for the loss your brother Norman He is great wonderful man. in Jesus name Amen
- Shawn Leonard
So sorry to hear of Norm's passing. I remember having good visits over coffees at the Esso in Valleyview years ago. I cherished each and every visit. Norm was a great man and will surely be missed by all. Rest In Peace Norm.
- Warren Lungle
Leah & Doug...many tears will be shed plus a whole lot more for this incredible person who meant more than I can begin to tell at this time! Very large hugs tho not too far away always! He leaves a huge space in lives of everyone who knew and loved him! Hope to see guys soon!...The "other" Lois.
- Lois T
Sad to hear of Norm's passing. Aways enjoyed visiting when we there visiting my brother (Norm's neighbour) Rod. He will be greatly missed
- Jim Keith
My eppest condolences to the Charney family in the loss of their father, and grandfather . In my association with Norm over the years, both in work situations and in the community, I always enjoyed his sense of humour and wise words. We always had a good visit when we bumped into each other at Lefty's or in G.P. somewhere.. A good man! May he Rest In Peace and may the lord be with you in your time of sadness and sorrow. Jerry Tranter
- Jerry Tranter
Doug, Leah and Don . I grew up with the Charney family since kindergarten and am so saddened by this. In all my years of knowing Norm whether it be around town, on the golf course or at the curling it was always a great conversation, a smile along with a good joke. Our thoughts are with you. Barry and Carol Matlock
- Barry Matlock
I'm so sorry to hear of Norm's passing. I appreciated his friendly and caring ways. Such a great community man. I will miss seeing him at the curling rink, hearing from him about seniors' events and running into him around town. My sympathy to the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. He will certainly be missed.
- Susanne Penner
Leah and Doug words can not describe how your feeling. Love you guys a lot and wish there was a way to make this easier. I will forever remember the camp outs with the old boys made possible by your dad, the 5 minute dash to stores taking me half an hour cause I would see uncle norm. Talking about anything and everything cause you could always count on sound advice from him. The lord has truly gained a true angel
- Karri

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