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Norval Card 1943 – 2017

Posted By Drake Smith On August 25, 2017 @ 9:20 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

In Memorial


Norval (Butch) Walter Card


A resident of Kamloops (Heffley Creek), born September 2, 1943 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan to John Dorval Card and Kathleen Mary Smith.  Beloved Son, Brother, Husband, Father and Grandfather, Norval passed away at Ponderosa Lodge Aug 21, 2017 due to Alzheimer’s.  Survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marlene, daughter Robyn (Randy)Babcock; son Heath Card; sister Jennifer (Bob) McDonald; three wonderful grandsons, Jordy and Kyle Babcock, and Max Card.  Norval was predeceased by his twin brother Dorval (2006), father John Dorval Card (2006) and mother Kathleen Smith (2001). He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Butch lived on the farm at McGee, Sask., where his grandfather homesteaded, helping his Dad farm. He went to school at Crest, Fiske and Rosetown Composite school. He then moved to Rosetown to drive truck for Rosetown Expressways, then to Bodyshop School and became an Auto Body Repair person which he loved, as cars were his passion.

A good friend of ours, Cheryl Sim, wrote an article for the Rosetown Eagle called Simply Put “Butch had two loves in his life, his car and Marlene and I’m not sure that that isn’t the right order, too”.

Norval worked in many different body shops: Rosetown Paint & Body, Saskatoon Parr Autobody, Dobrosky Brothers, Edson Motors, Kamloops Syd Smith, Bizarre Car, Dearborn Ford and Kamloops Lincoln. The family moved to Kamloops in 1972 and then to Heffley Creek in 1975.

He was very involved in the community and belonged to Heffley Creek Community Association, 36 years on the Heffley Creek Waterworks, played slow pitch with the Heffley Hunkies, coached Heffley Little League Softball, member of Kamloops Street Rod Association for 25+ years, member of North Thompson Rod & Kustom & Washington Lugnuts. Founding Member of Heffley Creek Gun Club (1983) and BC Rendezvous (1989). Norval enjoyed the Coffee Club at the Heffley Creek Store Gazebo


Norval had many interests as you can imagine: hunting, camping, fishing, ATVing, snowmobiling, target shooting and Black Powder shooting with family & friends.  He loved teaching his grandsons to shoot, going to Show & Shines or Rod Runs in Canada & the USA with Marlene in his 51 Mercury Panel truck (PSMURF).  Travelled across Canada along the Oregon Coast and Arizona with his truck and fifth wheel.

A gathering at the Heffley Creek Hall will be held September 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM. Please bring your stories to share. Thanks to Ponderosa Daycare, Ponderosa Lodge and Drake Cremation & Funeral Services for Cremation. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, SPCA or charity of your choice in Norval’s name. Online condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

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Condolence from Pat Elfstrom on August 26th, 2017 7:24 am

Hi Marlene.

I was at Ponderosa visiting Doug on the morning of Norval’s death. He wasn’t sitting in his usual spot. I walked down the hall and looked for his name on the wall but it wasn’t there. Maybe he was moved I thought. I was very surprised when the Staff told me the news.

We didn’t know each other well at all but I hoped that some day I would run into you somewhere so I could pass on my condolences to you. Then this web sight gave me the opportunity to do so.

Take care! and, when things settle down, I wish you many happy days ahead.

Condolence from Leslie Metheral on August 27th, 2017 9:31 am

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Was at Don Ross’s funeral in Rosetown and got to visit with many of the old boys. I remembered how much Den enjoyed our visit with you before he passed away.

Condolence from Harold Watkins on August 27th, 2017 5:31 pm

Marlene and Family.
I was so taken back a bit by the email from Yvonne about Norval.
I considered him and yourself to be very dear friends of mine.
I remember the first time I shot a Black Powder Rifle at Heffley Fathers Day
Shoot in 1988. I was “Hooked” on Black Powder from that moment on and
joined the Club shortly after. Norval helped me so much in my learning of
Shooting Black Powder and also of melting the Lead and making smaller Ingots.
He will be sadly missed by myself, but, he will be at ease at least now and no more
Rest In Peace Butch.
HollerinHarold aka Harold Watkins

Condolence from Alice Mow on September 1st, 2017 3:01 pm

Hi Marlene & Family,

We have known each other for many years. We met in Edson in 1970 when we were looking for a place to stay and there wasn’t much to rent. We happened to find a place to rent just outside of Edson but could only rent the upstairs of the house, but it didn’t have a bath or shower in it, only a half bath. The landlord said that the downstairs was the same, no bathtub or shower. We made do, I showered at work which was at the Hospital, my husband showered in Suncor where he worked and my niece showered at school where she was attending school. My daughter was only 18 months so she got washed in the kitchen sink. You people were a grade up as you had a portable tub to use.

We became steadfast friends playing cards and listening to country music and laughing and visiting together while our children played, it was a wonderful time in all our lives.
Later, my niece moved to Vancouver, we moved back to Edmonton and you moved to Kamloops, but we remained friends for many years.

Wonderful memories can not be taken away and will remain with us for the rest of our lives. Our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Tracy Sully on September 1st, 2017 4:14 pm

My condolences to you Marlene and your family.I was lucky to meet a great guy who always chuckled when I would give him his daily head rub.Hearing the stories that the grandkids would do this to grandpa made it that much more special. Even though his memory was failing I new every time I rubbed his head the memories of his grandkids would appear and he would give a chuckle and the biggest smile would come upon his face. Rest in peace Norval, you will be missed and your spot just isn’t the same now that you are gone. sorry buddy about the beard, I tried lol.

Condolence from Jack/Mary Walton on September 12th, 2017 3:10 pm

Dearest Marlene and Family,
As you know in 1975 we emigrated to Canada, straight to Kamloops, and we were very lucky to meet you and Norval, Robyn and Heasty Beasty (sorry Heath!). Jack got the job at Syd Smiths bodyshop and met Norval there. You took us into your lives and family which we sorely needed at the time, and we will be forever grateful for all your love and support. Of course Jack got hooked on Black Powder shooting with Norval while you and I had lots of laughs spending time camping with our kids. So farewell dear Norval, we will never forget you or your kindness to us all.
Jack, Mary and Beth Walton xx

Condolence from deb stittle on September 13th, 2017 12:54 pm

Our condolences to you Marlene and family,

Remembering Norval’s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts.
May he rest in peace!

Len and Deb Stittle

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