Roy Thomas Norton


It is with profound sadness that I write this notification that my dad, Roy Norton passed away peacefully Sunday January 9th, 2021.  This past summer Dad was asked to provide a profile and pictures for the display case at Sunset Manner.  Here’s what he had me write:


Roy was born May 28th, 1927, in Toronto. He grew up with his older brother Fred in the Pape and Danforth area of Toronto.  When he graduated Danforth Tech, Roy started working in the steel manufacturing industry at Ideal Welding and later at John T. Hepburn Limited.  He was involved in estimating steel for many projects including the Toronto Star building.


Roy met his wife, Jane, at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Youth Group.  They were married in 1959 and had their reception at Casa Loma and their honeymoon in Niagara Falls.


After their daughter Linda was born, Roy enjoyed family vacations traveling through Canada and the Eastern United States.


When Roy and Jane retired, they moved up to Wasaga Beach.  They enjoyed summers in the area golfing and were members of the Ganaraska Hiking Club, volunteered at the McMichael Gallery and volunteered at the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation.  They were snowbirds in the winter staying in Venice, Florida where Roy enjoyed golfing, participating in community events and sightseeing.


It was at the Medieval Fair in Florida where Roy first saw a bowed psaltery.  He was fascinated by this unusual instrument, purchased one, and learned to play it.  At one point he had over 50 songs he could play from memory.


Roy was really proud of his daughter.  Linda is an Occupational Therapist with a Master’s in Community Health and a PhD in Occupational Science who has focused her career around seating and mobility; and the prevention and management of chronic wounds such as pressure injuries.


Just before Christmas, we had dad back to the house to help with the Christmas baking.  Dad and Brian were sitting at the kitchen table, the golf on the TV in the background.  Dad was enjoying the scrapings from the fudge pot.  He turned to me and said, “life doesn’t get much better than this.”


Dad was right.  He was a man who enjoyed the simple things, spending time with people, ice cream and cookies.  We are holding a small private funeral for him due to COVID, but I would be immensely grateful if you would scoop out a small dish of ice cream, and a cookie (home-made is best, but store bought is okay).  Think of my dad and simply enjoy.


His loving daughter, Linda Norton-Fenner.


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