EDMONDSON, Norman Harry

Norman Harry Edmondson died at home in Oshawa on Wednesday, June 13 with his beloved wife Judith and daughter Anne by his side.  He is also survived by his much loved elder daughter Jane and son-in-law Fred Stinson and his brother Paul and sister-in-law Janet and numerous nieces and nephews.  Norman was born on October 13, 1934 in Oshawa, where he received his early education. While taking his B.A. at Queen’s he pursued his interest in drama, culminating in his performance as Hamlet.  
Tempted to try his luck as an actor, he chose instead to pursue a career in law, to which end he earned his LLB at the University of Toronto Law School.  Still his interest in drama continued.  In 1959 he auditioned for the role of Mirabel in The Way of the World, produced by the University Alumnae Dramatic Club.  Judith Teague was cast opposite him as Millamant.  In 1961, following Norman’s call to the Bar, the two were married on August 12th. They have loved, cherished, and supported each other for nearly 57 years.
Norman practiced law, first in Whitby and then in Oshawa.  During this time, he served on the Whitby Ruddy Hospital Board, as Chairman of the Board of Education for the town of Whitby, and when it was amalgamated with Oshawa and became the Ontario County Board of Education, he served for several years.  He also served on the board for the Whitby Station Gallery and had an ongoing active membership in the Oshawa Little Theatre.  All this came to an end in 1974, when he was appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court in Durham Region, where he presided until 2009.  Norman’s funeral will be held in St. George’s Memorial Church, 51 Centre St. S, Oshawa on Saturday, June 23rd at 11 am.  There will also be a visitation on Friday, June 22nd 5-8 pm at McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home, 152 King St. E, Oshawa (905-433-5558).  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to World Vision or Doctors Without Borders.  

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  • Jun 18, 2018

    Laurie Scattergood
    My most sincere condolences to you and your family, Judith.  Having had the great pleasure of meeting your husband and enjoying his hospitality I regret that I will be out of the country and unable to attend either the visitation or the service.
  • Jun 18, 2018

    Raissa Chernushenko
    I am so very saddened to hear of your family's loss, Judith. From the few times we met, I shall always remember Norman as charming, eloquent, a true gentleman and so clearly the love of your life.
  • Jun 20, 2018

    Pat and Diane Patterson
    Diane and I were saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Norm.
    May you and your family cherish all the fond memories of your dear one.
    Our thoughts and prayers go with you.   We wish you Peace.
    Pat and Diane
  • Jun 20, 2018

    Brent & Tracey Thompson
    Our condolences to the Edmondson family. 
    Norm was very well respected man and judge in Oshawa. He was known for his fairness and professionalism. A true community leader. He was a true gentleman who will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers for his family.   
  • Jun 21, 2018

    Joe Szekeres
    Very saddened to have heard the passing of Norman.
    I will always remember him as a very kind and compassionate man who was highly supportive of the Arts community in the Oshawa and Durham Region. Prayers continue for all of you at this difficult time.
  • Jun 21, 2018

    Howie Schneider
    I am saddened to read about the passing of Judge Edmondson in today's paper. I always thought of him as a judge who carried out his duties with great integrity and professionalism and whose loss I'm sure will be mourned by many who knew him.
  • Jun 22, 2018

    Marjorie & Des Newman
    Marjorie and Des Newman extend to Judy and family our deepest sympathy on Norman's death.   We remember Norman for his many generous years of service to the J O Ruddy Hospital, the County Board of Education and the Station Gallery which underlined his community committment to Whitby.  May he now rest in peace.
  • Jun 22, 2018

    Susan Ellis Dave Ellis
    We wish to extend our sympathies to  Norm's family. We first met Norm through O.L.T in 1977 when he directed "Man For All Seasons". He was a visionary as a director who challenged his actors to find the essence of their character which resulted in many moving and memorable productions.
  • Jun 23, 2018

    Opal Rosamond
    My sincere condolences to the Edmondson family.  
    Justice Edmondson was a fair, compassionate man
    with a wry sense of humour and will be missed by many.
    RIP Justice Edmondson
  • Jun 23, 2018

    Nonie & Jack Hutchinson
    We send our deep condolences to Judith, Jane & Anne. Norm was an excellent neighbour on Athol Street, Whitby and an asset to the Whitby community.
  • Jun 24, 2018

    Tim Nelson
    Dear Judith,
    So sorry to hear of Norm's death in the newspaper.  I always knew him as a fine man and credit to the community.  God be with you.  Sincerely, Tim

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