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Doctor Norman Joseph Bedard

June 6, 1922 - February 22, 2012


Doctor Norman Joseph Bedard passed away peacefully on February 22nd 2012 in his 89th year at the Kootenay Lake Hospital. He leaves to mourn his passing, his three children, Linda (Don) of Victoria BC, Brian (Lonnie) of Vernon BC and Gordon (Lori) of Kelowna BC. He also leaves three granddaughters Emily of Vancouver BC and Hailey and Erin of Vernon BC. Norman was married to the love of his life, Dorothy ‘Jean’ Bedard for 61 years and they shared a very happy and productive life together.

He graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta Edmonton in 1960 and soon after established a successful practice in Nelson BC, where he continued to work until his well deserved retirement in 1989.

Norman’s family was his great love and pride. Among his passions, were golf, bridge, woodworking and his summer home at Christina Lake. These varied interests were testament to the boundless amount of energy that he exhibited. He was a long standing member in the Nelson Gyro club and through his affiliation, made many close and lasting friendships. His generous character, great sense of humor, intelligence and charm drew many people to him. In so many ways, he was a true gentleman. The world is a much poorer place without him. We love you and will always miss you.

The family wishes to thank Norm’s many friends for their ongoing support. We also wish to thank the staff members of Kootenay Lake Hospital for their hard work and compassion.

As an expression of sympathy family & friends may make donations in memory of Norman to The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation or to another charity of your choice.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Joan Billett
Relation: Family friend from Fort Macleod

My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. He was a wonderful friend and dentist. Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves
only to recede andcome yet again.
bBut with it comes healing memeories wash ashore and are bathed by the golden sun. grab hold of those memories and let them fill the emptiness

From: Denise Pommier (Rooney)
Relation: email from mutual friend

Thinking of your families at this sad time. Your dad was a wonderful dentist to our family while we lived in Nelson. Rest in Peace Norman.
Love and sympathy from the Rooney family

From: Debi Wood
Relation: Friend of his children

You have all been blessed to have such a good father. He will be very much missed. My sincere condolences. Debi

From: Beverly (Todd) Brock
Relation: Friend of the family, my dentist

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Bedard. He was a terrific dentist – I think I was one of his first orthadontal patients. He was a great golf and bridge partner for my Dad.

From: Peter Whiteley
Relation: family friend

Brian, Gordon & Linda
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Dad. He will always be remebered as a very generous man and always bring laughter to any room.
His support for my Dad (Fred) was incredible and the time they spent together was appreciated so much.

From: Vern, Joseph, Alexis, & Jennifer Theroux
Relation: Friend of the family

The short time our family new Norm, we became very fond of him. He was a very wise and kind person. You always walked away from visiting him feeling better about your self. Linda and your family we are very sorry for your loss. We all lose, our prayers are with your family. The Theroux’s

From: Gerry and Ted Mannings
Relation: Friend

Norm was a long time friend and member of our monthly supper club – he was a real NICE man and a real gentleman – he will be much missed and unable to be replaced.
Our thoughts are with Linda, Brian and Gordon and rest of the family at this time.
Gerry and Ted

From: Katie Hartshorn
Relation: friend of his daughter

Linda, Brian and Gordon and family: I just wanted to say how much I appreciated and loved your dad. What a wonderful, intelligent, loving and funny man he was – always enjoyed visiting with him when he came to Victoria to visit Linda. Big hugs to you Linda, my friend… I know how close you were with him… hoping you all feel comfort in the memories he left behind… loves and hugs, Katie

From: Rod Smythe and family
Relation: Family Friend

Linda, Brian, Gordon and families. So sad to hear of the passing of my friend and your father. He was a great man and always had a story to tell that made everyone smile and laugh. Your mother and he were great friends of my mom and dad and they all spent much time playing bridge and socializing in Nelson and at Chritina Lake. I’ll miss our annual beer at the picnic table outside the cabin but of course I’ll miss my friend Norman the most. Sincerest sympathies to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 14, 2012
Beginning at 11:00am

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson , BC Canada V1L 1T2

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Memorial Gifts may be sent directly to:

Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation
#3 View Street,
Nelson, British Columbia
V1L 4M1

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