Withers, Norman Fraser

April 13, 1947 ~ January 04, 2024

WITHERS, Norman Fraser, passed away after a year long illness on January 4, 2024 at his home in St.Clair township with his family present. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Lynne (Firby), their children-Amy (Edward) Mazey, Andrew (Christie), Alan (Keri), Aaron (Leah) and Adam (Kyla) and their 23 grandchildren: Kyra (Dekker) Smith, Mikaela Stocking, Malachi, Eliana and Lyle Mazey; Jordan, Ashley (Cole) Oswald, Hunter and Tyler; Spencer (Natasha), Savannah (Gregory) Taylor, Emma, Ethan, Eliza and Benson; Abbigail, Anna, Lilly and Brooklyn; Carter, Haley, Tate and Dak; their 3 great grandchildren-Merrick and Mazey Smith and Callahan Withers. Sisters-Anne (late Pete) Gowrie and Linda (Charles) Perry, brother in law Douglas (Lisa) Firby, 19 nieces and nephews and their families, special cousin Jayne Miles and step brother John (Marion) Ford. Predeceased by his parents Margaret (Kennedy, Ford) and brother in law Leo (Jean) Bradshaw. Norm was a graduate of the University of Waterloo and worked for Imperial Oil Limited for 27 years and then Sarnia Propane. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of his life, Norm served in many callings including Branch President and Bishop. Over the years he made many close friends through the church. He was involved as a leader in the Cub Scout program for over 25 years. He loved to go hunting and fishing and is remembered by his hunting buddies especially Neil Gorton and Brian Savidant. However, he most enjoyed going up north and hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. Another favorite activity was traveling, especially cruises, with Lynne and their traveling/adventure companions Alan and Margaret Lester. Faith, family and the farm were his main loves. He was a good friend to many and touched a lot of people’s hearts. He will be missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank all the members and friends of the Sarnia ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Lambton palliative care team Dr. David Kim, VON eshift especially Gloria, Shayne and Coni, Care Partners especially Adrian, Beth from VON respite, the VON nursing staff especially Danielle and all the staff at Twin Bridges Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic, for all their care and support which enabled Norm to stay at home.

There will be a visitation at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home in Brigden on Monday, January 8, 2024 from 4:00-8:00pm followed by a visitation at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1400 Murphy Road in Sarnia, from 9:30 to 10:30am on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Funeral Service
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 11am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1400 Murphy Road in Sarnia. Burial will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, St. Clair township, just down the road from home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made by cheque to the Diabetes Canada (www.diabetes.ca) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca).


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  1. We’re sorry for your loss. Norm was a great guy. Always working hard and helping everyone. We know he will be remembered with love. Thinking of his family st this sad time.

  2. Adam and Family, our deepest sympathies on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Jenn and Dan

  3. I was saddened to hear about Norm’s passing. Condolences to Lynne and family. Looking back to 2015, it was the last time my late father – Howard Le Conte – was able to go to the Brigden Fair. I was visiting him and it was a nice enough day to bring him down from his residence in Sarnia. Norm and Lynne recognized us after all these years and warmly greeted us. We both appreciated that. Fond regards, Brian Le Conte

  4. Dear Lynne & Family: Frank & I were so very sorry to hear of the passing of Norm. Such a good man. May God surround you with much love, comfort , friends and peace.

  5. Lynne and family, I was so sorry to see this. Although, it was many, many dare I say one more many, years ago, I well remember Norm was the person who baptized me.
    Take care all and know that I will be thinking of you in this difficult time.

  6. Lynn and family so sorry for you loss of Norm. You will have so many years of memories to give you comfort at this sad time.

  7. Lynn you are so blessed to have had such a loving husband to share your beautiful kids and their families with!! ♥️

  8. My sincere condolences to Lynne and family on the loss of Norm. I am unable to attend the visitation but
    wanted you to know that I understand what you are going through and it is not easy. Take good care of each
    other and remember the good times.

  9. May God give all of you comfort at this time.
    Our deepest condolences to all your family.
    Pat (Mills) Struck and family
    Brenda O’Mara and family

  10. Lynne and family. Our sincere condolences for the loss of Norm. Wishing you all the best during this difficult time.

  11. Lynne,Ann and Withers families, so sorry for your loss! Norm wore the titles of husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother well!

  12. Lynne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved working with Norm and the many discussions about life on the propane dock. He was a great man that will be missed.

  13. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. “. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  14. Sending my condolences to you Lynne and all of your family. I didn’t really know Norm but I understand losing the love of your life after caring for him over the past year. It is not an easy transition for you but he is now pain free and in the hands of God. Thinking of you and praying that your memories will sustain you.

  15. Sending heartfelt condolences and love to your family. I have many joyous memories in my younger years of Norman and his immediate family. May your family find comfort and peace at this time

  16. Alan and I express our sympathy of the passing of Norm. God comfort you and the memories lighten you hearts. Bless all of the the family.
    Alan and Marie (Dawson} Stephenson

  17. Sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. You were blessed to have spent so many years with such a wonderful companion.

  18. To Lynn and family,
    So sorry to hear of your recent loss. My deepest condolences go to you and all your family.

  19. Thinking of you and your family Lynne at this sad time. My thought are with you and so sorry for your loss.

  20. So sorry to hear of his passing. Merrick told us Grandpa Norm died and went to live with Jesus… yes he did Merrick…yes he did!

  21. Lynne and Family
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the beautiful memories in your hearts 💕

  22. Lynne and Family, I’m very sorry for your loss. Sending my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to all.

  23. I extend deepest sympathy to this large and wonderful family, and friends held dear, and to their church family. This is an enormous loss for all. Held in prayer – Betty Jean Page.

  24. Lynne & family,
    We send our condolences at this time of Norm’s passing,
    We have so many good memories of time spent with Norm and always enjoyed his sense of humour, a legacy he has left us to cherish.
    Paul & Queta Fox

  25. Lynne and family
    Thinking of you all in the loss of Norm. He was a great man and will be missed!

  26. Norm was a special friend of our family. It’s been a long road for all of you. He’s at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Gord and Barb.

  27. Lynne and family;

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Norm. He was a great neighbor to my parents and they had kept me aware of his health issues over the last while.
    My thoughts are with you.

    Beth Leaper