Local businessman, Norman Marshall died after a short illness Sat Aug 4th in Nanaimo General Hospital. He was 62 years old.
Norman was an expatriate Englishmen who became a naturalized Canadian citizen after arriving in Parksville in 1981. He will always be remembered for weaing shorts year round! He was a playing member of Nanaimo Hornet Rugby Club for many years and an active member of the Old English Car Club. In Parksville he was well known as the owner of Regency Door and Window Ltd with wife Margaret, a business he started and ran for 18 years. Prior to that he founded Rustic Garden Industries, the original cedar gambrel garden shed company.
Norman was raised in Yorkshire, where he attended Sheffield University. He qualified as an electrical engineer and had a career in civil engineering and later as chief engineer for Swift’s Poultry, UK.
He traveled widely, was a voracious reader, and collected and worked on rare automobiles of marques that included Aston Martin, Jaguar and Sunbeam, as well as an extensive range of English motorbikes. His other interests included music of all types, guitars and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Margaret, and their sons Benjamin and Daniel, his daughter Sarah and her children, Lily and Marthanna, his sister Joan and her family, and brother and sister in-law, Stephen and Teresa Stone and Dr. James and Vivien.
There was no memorial service. A wake was held August 11th at his home. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cancer Society or the S.P.C.A.
Many thanks for the many condolences, flowers and food sent to our family. They were much appreciated.