Norman Bates


Norman Bates of Tillsonburg, Ontario passed away with his grandchildren by his side on Saturday November 21, 2020, in his 91st year, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital.

Welcomed into Heaven by the three women he loved the most, his wife Lois, his daughter Jane (Goodlett), and his common law partner Liz.  Loving Pup of Adam (Vicki) Goodlett and their children Amellia, Brady, Sydney, and Tegan; Courtney Causyn and her son Kane; Crystal (Colin Greenhead) Goodlett and their daughter Ruby.  Remembered by his son in law Jack Goodlett, and the Walsh and Cunningham Families. 

Norman loved to travel and Disney World was his absolute favourite destination.  His love for fishing was a lifelong passion going back to the days of commercial fishing with his father Charlie. Building his boat, the “Janie Bee” named for his much loved daughter was a memory he shared with pride.  An avid woodworker, always tinkering, Norman has left many furniture pieces for family members and among our many memories is the log cabin he constructed with plenty of sweat, curse words, and love. 

Cremation has taken place with Interment in the Straffordville Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation are appreciated and can be made directly, or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe Street, Tillsonburg, Ontario  N4G 2J8 entrusted with arrangements.

Our Family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Foerster, 2nd Floor Nursing Staff, and the kind 2nd Floor PSW’s at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital for their outstanding compassionate care and attentiveness for our Pup.  

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  • Will be lovingling remembered always!

    Becky Evoy
  • Thinking of you ‘s Crystal Courtney & Adam & Families of the passing of Norm ! Norm ( your grandpa was a good man ! Known him for many years ! I thought he’d be returning to T RC and was looking forward to chatting with him ! So so sorry ! Your grandpas at Peace now! ! Take Care .. Sue

  • My condolences to the family. I’m related to Norman through the Walsh side. I had lost contact with Norm for many years, but then re-connected with him with help from Spencer. I had long conversations with Norm on his birthdays in 2019, and again in 2020. I wish I had tracked him down earlier.

    Bryan Bradfield
  • So sorry to hear about Norm, we have so many happy memories of our time together. Norm & Lois were such good friends, all the way back to the 1960’s. Then as life changes it was Norm & Liz and lots of camping together and yes great stays at Disney! We send our sincere sympathy to all of Norms family, he was so unique and I’m sure he will be greatly missed.
    Bob & Alice

    Alice & Bob Vallee
  • Norm was a great man .In and out of my life. Always laughing and grinning .As a child and adult. He will be missed dearly

    Sherry Marlatt
  • So sorry for your loss. We remember the many fun gatherings back in the day at Pinnafore Park for the Thompson Transport picnic! May all the great memories get you through this difficult time.

    Paul and Diana Mabee
  • Norm and Lois figured large in my early growing up years. Jane and I were inseparable once they moved to Straffordville to take over the “Store” as we always called it. I have clear memories of Norm’s greeting and laugh whenever I came in. It was also the first time I ever saw a man cutting material to sew or knitting. Norm was his own man, a trend setter and terrific role model.
    Due to distance, I didn’t get a chance to know Liz well but it was very evident how much they loved one another and how they just “fit”. They were so very happy.
    The last couple of years were tough and I am thankful that he is at peace. I am also thankful for the wonderful memories that make me smile whenever I think Of Norm.
    My condolences to the grands and great grands.

    Karen Brophey
  • My sincere condolences to Adam, Courtney, Crystal, and their families. I have so many fond memories of Norm & Lois and cousin Jane. When Norm had the general store and lived in the apartment above it, I remember going there with mom & dad on New Years Day to watch the Rose Bowl parade on the only colour TV in Straffordville. What a thrill. I spent a lot of time in that store as mom worked part-time there for a while.
    A good man and he will be truly missed. Rest in Peace.

  • My first memory of Norm was at his store. I was in my teens, came from the North to work in Tobacco for Basil Neville, bought my first raincoat there, he was so nice to me, a stranger did not know how to buy this garment, he left a big impression on me that day. May he R.I.P.

    Dorothy Neville
  • Our condolences to Adam, Courtney, Crystal, and their families for the great loss of “Pup”.
    Spence and Sharon

    Spencer and Sharon Walsh
  • Well, what a shock. Norm was my only First Cousin on my Walsh side. Norm and Lois bought
    the Walsh General Store in Straffordville from my father. Sharon and I visited Lois and Norm in the Tillsonburg Hospital shortly before her passing. We miss Lois and often think of her. Norm and Liz travelled by RV to camp at our place on Vancouver Island 3 times over the years, and we camped at their log home in Straffordville a number of times with our RV. Norm was a life long best friend and a real character. He was so handy and could create such beautiful crafts with hand tools. He did everything his way, which usually turned out to be the best way. He will truly be missed in a big way.

    Spencer and Sharon Walsh

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