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Norm Allen

A much-loved former Curl BC director has lost his battle with cancer.

Norm Allen, from the Kelowna Curling Club, died on Sunday (June 2) after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.

Norm was with Curl BC as a director for Region 3 from 2005 to 2008.

In addition to his role as director, he was Curl BC’s Head Statistician and did stats for Canadian Curling Association events such as the Brier and Scotties. He was also selected to do stats for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

“He was involved in ensuring that all of the software and hardware (42 computers) requirements for the results tested properly in advance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as during the Games,” said Neil Houston, the curling sport venue manager for the Vancouver Olympic organizing committee.

“Norm had a passion for the sport of curling,” added Houston, who worked closely with Norm when he (Neil) was  the CCA’s Director of Championships. “He was one of those people who didn’t mind being behind the scenes but knowing that he was playing a significant role in helping the sport.”

Norm served his country with great pride and passion for 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. As a result, he was able to represent BC at the Canadian Armed Forces championships in Lahr Germany.

Before moving to the Okanagan, Norm lived on Vancouver Island, where he curled out of Kerry Park Curling Club.

Norm was instrumental in setting up the Sandra Schmirler Golf Tournament in the Okanagan in 2011.

Norm is survived by his mother Oretha, son Byron and daughters Shelley, LeAnn and Eileen.

A memorial service for Norm will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 3:30pm at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna.

A Celebration of Life will follow at 5:30pm at the Shadow Ridge Golf Club 3770 Bulman Road, Kelowna.

(With additional information from the CCA)

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