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Region remembers Jave Norman


Dr. Jabez (Jave) Norman from Port Union, a doctor who practised mainly in the Bonavista-Trinity Bay North area up until this year, has died.

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Dr. Jabez (Jave) Norman

He will be remembered not only for his contributions to family medicine, but as a member of the local community.

A recipient of bachelor degrees in history and education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, he was a teacher for 12 years in various Newfoundland communities.

After completing his medical degree, he practised family medicine in Clarenville from 1980-82, and in Bonavista and Catalina from 1982-2015.

Norman was also the region’s marine medical examiner.

He was dedicated to various organizations including the Mazol Shrine Club in St. John’s, as chief medical officer for the province. He was a grand master of the Landfall Masonic Lodge in Bonavista and was also a director of the Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation in his hometown of Port Union for a number of years.

Norman was known as an avid reader and athlete. He was a golfer, fisherman and weightlifter, participated in the Tely 10 road race in St. John’s four times and was an internationally certified scuba diver and bronze medallion swimmer.

Norman also did military duty, serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1960-64.

Of all his pastimes, Norman was most noted by family and friends as an accomplished musician. His passion was music, possessing eclectic and varied musical tastes. He performed in concert in local churches and in Bonavista’s Garrick Theatre, playing his Gibson J200 and Martin D18 guitars.

He leaves to mourn his wife Wilma, son John (Leeann), daughter Jessica (Colin) and grandson Andrew.

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