Age 85, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 16, 2017 in Victoria
General Hospital, Halifax. Born in Weymouth Mills he was a son of the late Jean and
Grace (Comeau) Saulnier. Norman is survived by his two daughters Annette (Kevin)
Thomas, Cole Harbour and Yvette Saulnier, Cole Harbour; grandchildren, Nicole (Alex
MacInnis) Thomas, and Justin Thomas; and great-grandson Carson MacInnis; brothers
Nelson, Weymouth, Walter, Grosses Coques, and Raymond, Weymouth Mills. He was
predeceased by his wife of 31 years Corinne (Doucet); brothers Angus, Alfred, Donald,
Ivan, and Joseph; sisters Elsie Blinn, Yvonne and May.
Norman came to Halifax in 1950 and completed a four year apprenticeship program in
HMC Dockyard Halifax as a Shipfitter. From 1950 to 1955 he also served in the Naval
Reserves attaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class as a Shipwright (Trade). He
then took his officer training with the Canadian Army Militia during which time he
served in Germany during the summer of 1958. He also served various periods of
service, retiring from the Canadian Army Militia at the rank of Captain in 1990.From
1955 to 1960 he attained a Bachelor of Engineering Degree at Dalhousie University.
After graduating from Dalhousie University, he worked for Fundy Gypsum Company in
Windsor, NS for three years. From 1964 until his retirement in 1991 he was employed
by the Department of National Defense in HMC Dockyard Halifax as a Mechanical
Norman was an avid reader who could always be seen with a book in his hands. He
read a variety of publications, which included novels by Isaac Asimov, Time and
MacLean’s Magazines and every issue of National Geographic. He loved to hunt and
spend time in the woods communing with nature. Deer hunting was his passion. He
also loved sailing, and in his retirement went on many an adventure on best friend,
Russell “Russ” Comeau’s sailboat the Acadian Packet, travelling to many places as far
away as the Magdalen Islands and New York City.
Memorial Service were held Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Atlantic Funeral
Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth, Pastor Martin Zwicker and Pastor Gavin
MacCombie officiating. A reception followed in the Funeral Home. Interment in
Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Dartmouth.
In lieu of flowers, for those who so desire, donations in memory may be made to the
Palliative Care Unit of the Victoria General Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society or a
charity of one’s choice. The family would like to thank VON Halifax for their visits to
Norman’s home, the doctors and nurses of Palliative Care, and the staff of Unit 6A of
the Victoria General Hospital for their compassion and care.
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of our regimental
brother, Norman Joseph Saulnier, at this sad time, in his passing.
- Halifax Rifles Armoury Association