It is with great sadness that the family of Norbert Bragg announces his passing after a short battle with cancer on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Joseph Norbert Edward Bragg was born on Jan. 19, 1933 to George and Lucy Bragg in Stratton, Ont. He helped on his parents' farms in Stratton and later on their farm in Crozier, Ont., where they moved when he was nine years old. He attended school in Crozier.
Norbert married Mary Irene Hughes on Sept. 17, 1955. Together they had eight children and a stepson. They moved to the farm south of Devlin, Ont. in 1973 and they owned Bragg's Busing for 39 years.
Irene passed away on Jan. 2, 1997.
Norbert will be remembered for doing any number of things throughout the years, from calling square dances to parades with his horses, hauling cattle to hauling pulp wood. He was the former president of the District Pulp Wood Producers.
Many district students will remember him for driving their school bus on many school trips around Canada and the U.S.
After Irene's passing, Norbert met Jean Galusha and they married on May 16, 1998. They continued to reside on the family farm. They loved playing cards, going to the “Country Jams,” watching the hockey games, and going on trips, including a cruise to Alaska.
Norbert is survived by his wife, Jean; his children, Irwin (Elaine), Iris (Ken), George, Don (Joyous), Charlie, Carol (Jeff), Murray (Jeannette), Larry (Janet), and Melanie (Scott), and stepchildren Doug (Kathy) and Mike (Jan); 20 grandchildren, Tim (Nicole), Bryan, Amber, Andrea (Corey), Angela (Jason), Amy (Jim), Emma (Corrie), Jennifer (Martin), Chantelle (Jason), Nelson, Jessika (Brian), Myca, Charmaine (Paul), Justin (Jess), Alison (Gary), Jeff, Jamie (Taya), Natasha (Dustin), Jordan (Tessa), and Julia; 30 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.
He will be missed by his dog, Rex, and his horses.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Irene Bragg; parents, George and Lucy Bragg; sisters, Bernice, Alice, and Peggy and his brother, Robert; daughter-in-law, Sheila Devlin; sons-in-law, Don Ewald and Norman Shute; and granddaughters, Alyssa and Melissa.
Norbert was able to stay at his home almost until the end.
A time of fellowship was held in Norbert's memory on Friday, June 8, 2018 from noon-3 p.m. at the Devlin Community Hall in Devlin.
A private interment took place in Box Alder Cemetery in Devlin.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Senior Centre (Sister Kennedy Centre) c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.