Norman Bowers was born 5 March 1932 in Fort William, Ontario, son of William and Annie Bowers, and lived there all his life except when serving in the Navy and Armed Forces.
From 1951-1956 Norm served aboard the frigate H.M.C.S. Jonquiere 318 and aboard the tribal class destroyer H.M.C.S. Athabascan, where he fought during the Korean War. He was part of the famous Train Busters Club that would destroy coastal enemy trains. He was awarded the United Nations Medal and Korea medal.
Norman also served with the Infantry Regiment Queens Own Rifles of Canada from 1956-1963 becoming a medic in 1959. “Once a Queen’s Own, Always a Queen’s Own”.
Norman retired at the age of 55 from the Canadian Grain Commission.
During Norman’s early years, he was a very talented and skilled hockey player. He played left wing for the Fort William Canadiens. The Montreal Canadiens bought his rights should he ever play in the NHL. He continued to play during his working years for the Grain Commission.
Norm volunteered for many organizations during his life including the Aids Committee of Thunder Bay, where he received honors for Volunteer of the Year in 1990. He also coached little league baseball which was a passion of his. He helped and donated his time to his community, as well as numerous other organizations.
Norm died 25 October 2014.