Guest Book for Norman Patrick Smith

Provided by Valley Funeral Home

Posted by: Dave Ch
Sat November 03, 2018
Valete magister.

Posted by: Vicky Turnbull(Lukus)
Sun November 04, 2018
To Dave and Richard,So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.My dad,Derek and I send our condolences to both of you and the rest of your family.

Posted by: Nancy Keech
Mon November 05, 2018
I learned so much from Mr. Smith, and have thought of him often through my own journey as a teacher.  I always felt the two most useful courses I took in high school were typing, and Latin.  Thanks for everything.

Posted by: Sarah Denis (née Buyers)
Mon November 05, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss.  Mr. Smith was my favourite teacher after that first traumatizing year of Grade 9 English.  I took 4 years of Latin from him.  Remember the “Rules”?  If you don’t keep up, you will fall behind and inevitably fail”.  All mistakes had to be crossed out with a single line made with a ruler.  No “ big blue blobs”.
I always enjoyed bumping into him when I was home.  Rest In Peace Stormy Normy.  You will be missed.

Posted by: Cam Hilborn
Tue November 06, 2018
Good man and teacher.  Will be missed

Posted by: John Aikin
Tue November 06, 2018
So sad to hear about the loss of Norm.  My sincere condolences to the family.  I have many great memories of hunting with Norm and his beloved Brittanies.  He will be missed.

Posted by: Sherry Townes
Tue November 06, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you.  Nobody can argue he was an original, there was never a dull moment in his classes.  I think it is safe to say his memory will live on in a lot of his students.

Posted by: Lee Taylor (Marilee)
Tue November 06, 2018
Mike, my thoughts are with you. Your Dad was my favourite basketball ref!,!  His humour his wit, Shakespeare......shall be fondly remembered.

Posted by: Melanie Park
Tue November 06, 2018
qui oculos habent ad videndum uti

May you sit with General Bullmoose on your journey.  

You are missed.


Posted by: Jeanie Johnston (wife of Peter Dmytrenko)
Tue November 06, 2018
Sending sympathy to all of Mr. Smith's family.  Grade 9 Latin class is still firmly fixed in my memory.  (1964)  Thank you, Mr. Smith, for your passion and expertise.

Posted by: Rubelyn
Thu November 08, 2018
To Dave and  family, I am thinking of you during this time. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Posted by: Elizabeth Cowper
Thu November 08, 2018
My deepest sympathies on your loss. Mr. Smith was an amazing teacher. I studied Latin with him from 1964 to 1968; it was in his classes that I learned the love of grammar and rigorous thinking that became the focus of my studies and teaching and research career thereafter. I also recognized a few echoes of his legendary classroom technique in my own teaching. I’ll never forget how important he was to my education; he was an original!

Posted by: Derek Winfield
Thu November 08, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the family.   Norm was one of only a few teachers throughout all my education that left a memorable impression and good memories and one that I continue to speak of today.

Posted by: Jennifer Seguin Sarrazin
Fri November 09, 2018
I am very sorry for you loss,my thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by: Lily’s family
Fri November 09, 2018
I’m  so sorry David! My condolences to your family. Big hug !

Posted by: Len Watkins
Sat November 10, 2018
I have just heard of Norm's death and wish to add my condolences to those expressed by his ex-pupils and friends.Norm and I played in the same golf foursome for years.He was an excellent golfer and meticulous about the rules, perhaps influenced by his Latin grammar background.Although our  children all spoke highly of Norm as a teacher, it was only through holiday golf in the summer that I realized the influence Norm had had on his pupils.Over the years many of his ex-pupils would seek him out, greet him warmly and voice the same kind of comments made by the ones that wrote the previous condolences.May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Anne Audet (MacCready)
Sun November 11, 2018
Yes, after the first traumatizing few weeks, Norm was a very effective teacher. I know that Latin has been the most useful class I ever took! To quote an expression I often heard from him, "pax tecum", peace be with you Norm.

Posted by: Derry Vale
Mon November 12, 2018
Dear Mike Richard and Dave
Sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.I can still remember the novels I studied under him Babbitt and Steinbeck's Fruits of The Earth well chosen. He was also an excellent basketball ref. I took a year of  Latin with him  scary. Oneday my twin brother Geof and I were horsing around and teasing our father ln the presence of some friends when they noticed we had nick named him Pater.They asked why I told them that it was Latin for father.  God Bless


Wed November 14, 2018
I have know your dad for approx. 6 years, and although we didn't see each other often, when we did we had the best conversations.  He was such a dear sweet man.  I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: John Aman
Thu November 15, 2018
My condolences to family and friends. Mr. Smith was one of the best and most memorable teachers I ever had, for Gr.s 9&10 English. I had a bad habit of being late for class, and 'Stormy Normy' would always say "Well, better late than never,"; through repetition, I learned that the appropriate response was "But better never late." :) He pushed, challenged, and made me a better student. I wish I'd taken Latin.

Posted by: Bob cox
Sat November 24, 2018
Dear Richard,Mike and Dave: we intended to come up to Deep R. today,but freezing rain warning is keeping us off the roads.
Norm and I were colleagues and friends for many,many years,an unbeatable noon hour bridge team in a years long match against friends,Roland Emery and Ken Walker. In later years Liz and I both enjoyed lots of golf and lots of laughs with your dad in Myrtle Beach. When illness slowed him down,we missed him on the Links.
I can not leave out the Early-days Bob Newhart imitation Norm used to do at school assemblies. Perfect.
Finally,I always admired your dad’s strict regimen for Latin learners and his noble efforts to soldier on when Latin disappeared from the school and English and History required his teaching skills.
In fond sympathy,
Bob and Liz Cox

Posted by: Jane Walker (nee Keech)
Sun November 25, 2018
I'm very sad to learn of your father's passing. He was one of my favourite teachers.

Posted by: Debbie Wong
Fri November 30, 2018
Hi Mike.  So sorry to hear about your dad.  He was a great teacher, albeit a rather intimidating one, and a basketball ref who was always fair in his rulings.  I still remember most of what he taught me in grade 9 English.  The five examples of fate in John Steinbeck's The Pearl, anyone?

Posted by: Drew Watkins
Sat December 29, 2018
Dave, Rich, and Mike.   I'm sorry about this very late message but I just heard about Norm's passing and I wish to send you my deepest condolences.   I heard many a story about his teaching skills from my sisters and brother but it wasn't until I had the good fortune of having him as both my English and Latin teacher in Grade 9 that I witnessed his brilliance and his biting sarcasm.  4 years of Latin later I was eternally grateful for all he taught me and prepared me for university.   A year spent as his stepson, Dewey, allowed me to stay in Deep River and finish my high school and my athletic goals for which I remain very thankful.  Many a round of golf needling my dad were enjoyed in the years that followed.   I will always remember him fondly.   Pax tecum, Magister Smithus

Posted by: George Jost
Fri January 04, 2019
Never got to thank your dad for not failing me in grade 9 English. He was tough, his humor mildly sarcastic but a great teacher. I came in mid year because my mom had cancer. He docked me on an essay for misspelling “I”, said it looked like an “L”. In Quebec, English grammar wasn’t studied formally. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Kim O'Shaughnessy
Sat January 05, 2019
I just found out about Mr. Smith's passing.  I actually think of him often as one of my most memorable teachers.  I was always grateful to avoid detention....or should I say an "invitation to wine and cheese" from Mr. Smith.  Rest in peace, you won't soon be forgotten.

Posted by: 1984-1988
Sun February 10, 2019
Teacher Mr. Smith (Stormy Normy).

Only feared Stormy's class in high school.  
After the initial trauma and a few "wine & cheese"  meetings after school I actually began to warm up him as a respected disciplinarian.   When he coached me in basketball is when I began to see His other side of a truly caring man for his players.   He truly had a great heart under that intimidating frame of his.

Sleep in peace.