Mr. Norman Thorne Currie

February 27, 1928February 12, 2013

CURRIE, Norman Thorne, FCA 1928 –2013

Passed away peacefully in Vancouver. He adored his loving wife of 63 years, Mona van Ark, children Joan, Janet (Marc Goodman), and James (Anne), and grandchildren Lauren, Caren & Jamie Currie McDonald, Neil and Dayle Goodman, and Chloe Currie. Predeceased by his beloved parents James Arthur Currie and Ida Maude Johnson. His family will miss him dearly and cherish their individual and collective memories, especially of the cottage in Muskoka. He was respected, loved, and admired by all who knew him.

Norman Currie was the President of the Milling and Baking Division of Maple Leaf Foods and a leading figure in the food industry in Canada for over 43 years. He received the Centennial Medal for his work with the Freedom from Hunger and Mysore Project. He served others through his Privy Council appointment as a Governor of the International Development Research Centre and through his lifelong commitment to volunteerism in his community and around the world.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinson Society British Columbia.

For those wishing to share a memory of Norman, please go to

Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221


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Susan Lott Bernava

August 20, 2013

Dear Mona & Family......I am hoping you receive this as I've just learned of Norman's passing & my condolance to the family. I have only found out that Norman is the brother of my grandfather Arthur Maitland Currie. I have been trying to learn more about my mother's family since her passing six years ago. If you'd like to correspond with me my email is I'd very much like to learn more on the Currie family. Sincerely Susan

Greg Hicks

May 12, 2013

Sorry to hear of your passing best to your family
Greg Hicks

March 1, 2013

Dear Mona, Joan, Janet & Jamie-
I saw the obituary in the Globe & Mail and immediately recognized Norm's face. It brought back many fond memories from 50 years ago in Thorncrest Village when I babysat for your family. I celebrated my 13th birthday at your cottage, and remember Norm's help with my elected school work on The Mysore Project. (I was in Mysore last year for a wedding and thought of all of you then)
You are remembered as a lovely family. I'm happy to hear Mona that you celebrated 63 years of marriage together, and to learn of Norm's many accomplishments.
I have been living in Unionville, On for the past 32 years, married, with 2 children, 31 & 28. You would be interested to know that my 92 year old mom (Marg) lives nearby in an assisted living centre in Markham. My dad (Harvey) passed away in 1990.

Big hugs to all of you......
Laurel (Turnbull) Chivers

Laura (O'Brien) Jennings

February 24, 2013

Dear Jamie and Family,

We were sorry to hear of your father's passing. I hope you feel comforted and strengthened by your loving family and friends. God Bless,

Jim O'Brien

February 24, 2013

Dear Mona,

I was saddened to hear about Norm's passing. Wilma and I enjoyed our visits
with you in West Vancouver and at your cottage with our then-young grandchildren.
May the love and support of family and friends comfort you.

Josephine Davison

February 20, 2013

Mona and family
read in Toronto paper of Norm's death. So sorry for you and family. Such a wonderful man to work with for many years at Canada Bread in Toronto.Do you recall parking in our driveway on Rivercrest to go the theatre at Bloor and Jane? Sincerely Mrs. Joe Davison, Windsor, Ont.

February 20, 2013

Dear Mona,Joan ,Janet, Jamie and the ultimate husband and father Norm - Loving memories from 1964 onward.
Cottage fun, weddings, Barbados, and flying in that 6 seater.
Your 3 golden monks (sick kids) still on my table at Christmas time. Love you to bits Mona and company
Love Barb,Tommy, Nancy , KImberley Falls xoox

February 19, 2013

Dear Mona & Family:

I was very sorry to learn of Norm's passing. I thought there might be a health issue when I did not receive Christmas cards for the past few years. I enjoyed working with Norm and had the highest regard for him both personally and as a businessman. He knew how to work with people and was highly respected by all who knew him.


Gloria Lindsay Luby
Councillor – Etobicoke Centre – Ward 4
City of Toronto

Kim Black

February 18, 2013

Jamie and family,
My deepest sympathies on the passing of your father.

Jay & Carol Nusca

February 18, 2013

Mona and family. We are so sad to hear of the passing of your beloved Norm. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. We so enjoyed knowing you as neighbours in Thorncrest Village. You were both tireless workers for the good of the village. We remember the year we spent preparing for our 50th Anniversary. His warm and caring nature made him truly unique whether in business or on a personal level. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Jay and Carol Nusca