Obituary of Franklin Norman Webley
Franklin Norman “Norm” Webley – March 12, 1947 – December 21, 2018 – Age 71
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Norm following a long and courageous battle with lung disease. He was a fighter to the end and wouldn’t give up because of his unconditional love for his family. God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers, and Norm was that, an incredibly strong soldier.
Loving husband, partner and best friend of Cindy for 45 years. Dedicated and loving father of Norm Jr. (Alison), Taylor (Lindsay), Stephanie (Jeffrey), and Sterling. Loving Brother-in-law to Colleen. Norm was an only child predeceased by his mother Isabella McKenzie Webley and father Franklin Walter “Wink” Webley.
Norm will live on in the hearts of his family and friends, remembered for his ability to brighten any situation with his unique sense of humour and his contagious smile which he carried with him through health and sickness. Above all else, Norm will be remembered most by his family for his love and devotion. He created the Webley “Group Hug” and taught the children to be optimistic, sending them off to school every day asking them “What kind of a day are we going to have?” The answer: “A great day!” He truly was the best Dad in the world.
Norm had a brilliant mind and could do anything he put it to. He graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Small Business Management with Honours, which he put to work during his career as a Financial Planner. A car accident in his twenties put him in and out of the hospital many, many times during his life, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing his passions. Norm had many: he was a music enthusiast, a self-taught craftsman, he loved fishing for bass and pickerel on Pigeon Lake, was an expert at Sudoku Puzzles and he loved sports, especially baseball. Norm’s love for music started at a young age and carried through his entire life. One of his pastimes was playing guitar and he wrote a beautiful song dedicated to his daughter. Norm was also a computer whiz and built the family’s first computer and taught the children to be computer savvy at an early age, long before computers became the “norm” at schools. He loved to cook, and continually surprised everyone in the kitchen. As a sports enthusiast, on Saturday night at the Webley household the family often tuned in to watch Hockey Night in Canada. He played and coached men’s baseball in his younger days with two of his closest friends, Glenn and John. Norm, in turn, bestowed that love of sports upon his children, getting them involved in baseball, hockey, soccer and dance. He also coached several of the kids’ baseball teams. For many years the Webley family hosted a Christmas party for family and friends, and Norm was the host that made everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. His sense of humour was endless and kept us continually smiling and laughing to the very end.
We would like to thank Saint Elizabeth Health Care for their services which allowed the family to keep Norm at home and for sending us Catherine, his amazing caregiver this past year. Thank you, Catherine, from the bottom of our hearts for your exceptional care and compassion. We’d also like to thank his nurse practitioner, Olga, for her exceptional knowledge and care and Tanis, his primary nurse, who always had a big smile for Norm. The family would also like to thank Cynthia’s manager, Ron, for allowing her the flexibility to accommodate Norm’s illness.
We invite everyone to a Celebration of Norm’s Life on Saturday, December 29th, at the Ashburnham Ale House in Peterborough (128 Hunter Street East) from 3 – 5 pm to share memories and stories of their time with Norm.