Passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie on Sunday, December 18, 2022. Norman Dunn of Hillsdale, beloved husband to Dod “Katmanis” and Barbara Dunn. Dear dad to Cathy Dunn & Harry, Karen & Scott, Sandra & Andy and Lisa. Granddad to Crystal & Steve, Kevin & Amy, John & Adele, Ryan, Ashley & Marseel, and Brooke. Great granddad of Bella, Abby, Mackenzie, Jaxson, Maeve and Charles. Son of the late Grant and Fredda Dunn.
Norm was born in 1936, son of Grant and Fredda Dunn, of Hillsdale, Ontario. In his teens, he thoroughly enjoyed playing football and other sports. He worked in the bush for his father, cutting wood. In his early adult life, he worked as a truck driver. He always joked that “it paid more than playing professional football.” Norm met his first wife, Barbara, at the Orr Lake Dance Hall. They had four wonderful daughters together; Cathy, Karen, Sandra and Lisa. He loved watching his family grow. It grew to include his son in-laws, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The sixth arrived just prior to his passing, making him very happy in his final hours. He loved his family, dearly. Norm and Barbara opened a hunting and fishing business in Northern Quebec named Cranson Lake Outfitters. He enjoyed working at the camp, where his family and friends enjoyed many good times while fishing, hunting, playing games, telling good stories and experiencing the magnificent outdoors of Northern Quebec. Norm and his son in law, Scott, obtained trapping rights and spent every late fall running their trapline until the snow came. This was a passion of his. Norm worked hard at many things to support his family, including property management and even buying and selling antiques. As he got older, he said goodbye to his camp and returned to Hillsdale in his parents’ matrimonial home, where he took up residence. He then met Dod, his second wife. For the past 15 years, they enjoyed operating Katmanis Thai Restaurant together in Wasaga Beach. Norm always loved food and cooking. He felt right at home with his new business venture. Weather permitting, he did not miss a day; he just loved the restaurant and all of the customers that supported them. Many times, family and friends met at the restaurant for great food and visits. Norm lived a full and happy life. He got to experience what he loved with his family and friends. Norm, may your new journey continue to be filled with plentiful fishing, hunting and the great outdoors. We look forward to when our paths meet again. Please share your favorite memories of Norm in the condolences section for family and friends
A visitation will be held at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, 15 Yonge St. S., Elmvale, on Thursday December 22nd from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Funeral Service in the chapel on Friday at 11 am. The service may be viewed on YouTube beginning about 10:55 am. Search: lynn stone funeral home.
Spring interment at Waverley Anglican Cemetery.
Memorial donations to RVH Cardiac Care Unit c/o RVH Foundation (rvh.on.ca) will be appreciated by the family.
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