WO II Norman "Norm" Beaton (Ret'd)
We regret to advise of the death of Warrant Officer Second Class Norman Roy "Norm" Beaton (Ret'd) of Chilliwack, BC, peacefully on 13 May 2001 at the Chilliwack General Hospital at the age of 76 years.
Norm enlisted with the Canadian Army in Toronto during WW II in May 1944 at the age of nineteen. His first postings were to Simcoe and Ipperwash, ON and in 1945 he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Engineer Works Company in London, ON. In the early 1950s Norm was posted to Germany and, upon his return to Canada, was posted to Camp Borden. Postings then followed in Whitehorse, YT and then Fredericton and Oromocto, NB. In 1963 Norm had a tour in Canadian Forces Station Alert, NWT that was followed by his final posting to Vedder Crossing, BC in 1964. He retired as a Warrant Officer II in May 1969 after 25 years of service.
For his next career, Norm accepted a position as an Assistant Building Inspector with the Township of Chilliwack in 1969 and continued with them until January 1985 when he retired from his position as Chief Building Inspector and Plumbing Supervisor.
Norm was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the BC Wildlife Association. He was a former Big Brother and was a past president of both the Chilliwack Senior Veterans Society and the Army Navy & Air Force Veterans Club Unit #305. He was an active member in the Chilliwack United Church, Chilliwack Curling Club and the Federal Superannuates Association.