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Fear, Norma H.

FEAR, Norma Hazel –

Died peacefully at Hospice Wellington on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 with her beloved husband of 72 years, Ben, at her side. Norma was 94 and a Guelph resident for the past 20 years.

She is survived by Ben; daughter Janet of Oakville, son Jon of Kitchener and his sons Sean Fear (Xuyen Tong) and Thomas Fear (Jesse Lu); daughter Jeanne Kenney-Dunn and her husband Garr Dunn of Cambridge and her sons Kristopher Kenney (Allanah Perissinotto) and Jeffery Kenney (Hilda Nouri-Sabzikar); son Jeff Fear (Kim Baldwin) of R.I. and fifteen nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Edward and Mabel Elliott, sisters Marion Barley, Evelyn Green, Jean Smith Fear, Vera Allen, and brothers Clyde and Evan; also by her daughter-in-law Caroline Oliver.

Born on a farm outside Niagara Falls, Norma attended a one-room school, then Stamford Collegiate in Niagara Falls, followed by Hamilton Normal School. Her first teaching position was in the mid-1940s at Tintern, ON near Beamsville. She later taught briefly in the Niagara Falls area before putting her career on hold to raise a family. Years later, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Brock University and a Master of Education degree at the State University of New York in Buffalo, she worked at numerous elementary schools for the Niagara South School Board of Education until her retirement, specializing in student assessments.

Norma’s first love was her family. A quiet and generous soul who respected hard work and her Christian faith, she was a devoted supporter of community projects both close to home and around the world for all of her adult life, sometimes working through her church, but often on her own. She was an avid gardener and volunteered for 20 years in the gardens of the University of Guelph Arboretum. She sold UNICEF Christmas cards, drove cancer patients to hospital appointments, delivered meals to people in need and helped at annual book sales for Niagara Women in Crisis and the Guelph Public Library Foundation. Until this spring, she was a regular volunteer at Guelph General Hospital and the River Run Centre.

With Ben, Norma spent one or two months annually in Uganda, where they created and operated their own charity for 15 years, raising money to help cover the tuition and living costs of students. For many years, the NorBen Student Scholarship Program was a mission project of Harcourt United Church in Guelph.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service to honour the life of Norma Hazel Fear Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, 11 a.m. at Harcourt United Church 87 Dean Ave., Guelph, ON, followed by reception. Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcome to the Harcourt United Church General Fund, the Guelph Public Library, the Guelph General Hospital or Niagara Women in Crisis.

A tree will be planted in memory of Norma H. Fear in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm.

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