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January 9, 2017

(EDITH) NORINE TURLAND (nee FARRELL) - her life was her kith and kin. Norine Turland’s life came full circle Jan. 9, 2017, at the Kincardine hospital, when she died in the same place where she was born 92 years earlier (Sept. 15, 1924). The most important thing for Norine was her family and friends and she was never happier than when surrounded by others. She took a genuine interest in people's stories, hopes and dreams, and lived by her mother’s motto, “A stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet." Norine grew up on a small farm just south of Kincardine. She had one younger brother, Charles Farrell, who predeceased her (1959). She shared memories of walking the railroad line to a one-room schoolhouse, riding into town for church each Sunday, and threshing and other work bees with her Farrell cousins (father Samuel Farrell). Norine’s mother was Sadie Swanson of Kincardine and Norine also loved visiting in town with her Swanson relatives. She was a combination of her father’s Irish and her mother’s Scottish roots. Strong connections with her cousins endured through her life - they enjoyed family reunions, gatherings in Victoria Park on Saturday nights for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band and the annual “Corn Party.” Norine contracted polio at age 16, but worked tenaciously to get back on her feet. She missed a full year of school (Grade 10) and joined the war effort, making leading edges for Mosquito planes at the Malcolm Furniture Factory. In the summer of 1944, a young British airman based at Port Albert, saw her across the dance floor at the Pavilion and asked her to dance … and the rest is history. Arthur and Norine formed a handsome couple and married just before he was martialed back to Britain early in 1945. They began their life together when he came back to Canada at the end of the war and were the love of each other’s lives for almost 73 years. Their lives centered in Kincardine, Bayfield and Goderich. Norine is survived by her devoted husband, Arthur Turland of Kincardine (originally of Bedford, England). She was the dear mother of “The Group of Seven plus One”: Rosemary Addison (Ed), Aurora; George, London; Charles (Rhonda), Kincardine; James, Kincardine; Susan (Bernard Joly, D. 2015), Quebec City; Robert (Eve Geisler), Guelph; Brenda ​Colquhoun ​(Bob), Kincardine; and Carol Besler, Toronto. She somehow made each feel heard and valued; she filled our souls with love and our bodies with wonderful soups and amazing butter tarts; she was a full-time, at-home mom. Norine loved being Gramma to 16 grandchildren and Great-gramma to 11 great-grandchildren. As her family grew, Norine and Arthur, “published” the Northurland News – a monthly, photocopied summary of notable happenings – a 1970s version of Facebook. She will be dearly missed. Norine possessed a most gentle, fair nature, counter-balanced with a strong determination and optimism that carried her through significant illnesses. She touched many lives with her kind, non-judgemental manner, her compassion and earnest interest in others - always bringing out the best in those around her. We thank Norine’s extended family and relatives, friends, CCAC and home care workers – most especially Trish Page and Linda Small – as well as Dr. Jason Murray and all the staff at the Kincardine hospital for all the wonderful care and attention that she received. Norine requested cremation and a “gathering” of family and friends with “a few words” and “some lunch.” We will celebrate a life well-lived, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at the Kincardine Legion, beginning at 1:30 p.m., with remarks, reminiscences, and stories at 2:30 p.m., followed by refreshments. We welcome those who would like to join us. Mom’s wish would be for each of us to share a smile, a visit or a phone call to brighten someone’s day, be it an old friend or ….  a friend you haven’t met yet. Details at

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