Brock Norbirg


June 14, 1917 – November 4, 2006

Brock was born in Johanesness, a small village in Northern Sweden. When he was seven years old, he came to Canada with his parents and two younger brothers. The family settled in Silverton in the Kootenays where Brock completed his schooling. In his young adult years, he played baseball and hockey with a passion. After high school, he worked in a mine in Zeballos with his father.

In World War II, Brock enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps and was stationed in Terrace where he met the woman of his dreams; Brock and Jessie were married on Christmas Eve in 1943. Brock was then dispatched overseas for service in hospitals in Southern England. Upon Brock’s return to Canada at the war’s end, he and Jessie made Terrace their home and welcomed the arrival of their two daughters: Linda in 1947 and Rhonda in 1951.

Brock’s working years were spent in the forest industry. During winter layoffs, he operated snow removal equipment for the municipality and drove taxi. In his capacity as a road and bridge construction foreman, he was required to spend weekdays in Nass Valley camps, returning home for weekends. An opportunity at Eurocan in Kitimat enabled him to spend more family time at home with just a daily commute. After Brock’s retirement, he and Jessie took several tropical vacations and motorhome trips – something they had always dreamed of doing together; a favourite destination was the “Land of the Midnight Sun”.

Brock is survived by Jessie, his wife of 62 years; daughter Linda (Norman), grandsons Bryan and Devan, great-grandchildren Jesi and Jaxson; daughter Rhonda (Wayne), grandchildren Gillian and Jeremy. Brock was predeceased by his parents, Per and Hulda Norberg, and his younger brothers, Dale and Harley.

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