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Norma Teresa York

(nee Gomez)

Radio Operator in the 1940s

She served onboard the M/S Lutz in 1947

She was also an intercept radio operator at Point Grey

The first woman wireless operator on a ship in BC

 

 

Passed Away in 2017 - Scroll Down for Obituary  

Décès en 2017 - Avis de décès au bas de la page  

 

 

From the Western Canada YL Amateur Radio Website....


Norma Gomez joined the M/S Lutz in March 1947. The M/S Lutz was a rather primitive small coastal vessel. Norma left the ship six months later to be married.

 

Here is an extract from  Women in Wireless

written by Olive J. Roeckner ( nee  Olive Carroll  )

 

When Elizabeth flew off to San Francisco she was quickly followed by two other girls from Victoria, Norma Gomez and myself. Norma had the poor luck to be assigned to a small coastal vessel, the Lutz which carried newsprint from Powell River to U.S. West Coast ports. Accommodations on the ship were quite primitive, as was the R/R, and Norma retired six months later.

 

Norma is also listed in the roll call

for the  Point Grey ' Y ' Monitoring Station

 

Obituary

Norma Teresa York

(nee Gomez)

1925  -  2017

 

Norma Teresa York (nee Gomez) aged 92 years passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017.

 

She is lovingly remembered by her children Donn (Pat) York, Karel York, Collin (Jeanmarie) York, Marlene (Gordon Stobbe) York, Trish (Paul Hodge) York, Sue York and Wendy (Tony Lamb) York; eighteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Alma (Henry d.) Heller, Ron (Peggy) Gomez, Marlene (Bob) Brown, John (Jean) Gomez, Harold (Nadia) Gomez, Vanya Gomez, Tom (Linda) Gomez and Tammy (Jeff) Serandos; and many relatives and friends.

 

She is predeceased by husband Theodore Curt York, mother Clariss Ainsworth (nee Slight), father Harry Gomez and brother Douglas Ainsworth.

 

Norma was an independent free spirit who bravely embraced all that life presented her with throughout her years, finding light in even the most difficult times. Music was a major force in her life and she loved live music in any form.. She played cello from a young age and at times in various symphonies.

 

Her working life was varied, including the first woman wireless operator on a ship in BC, and later, a librarian in the Scarborough Public Libraries, which perfectly suited her lifelong love of books and thirst for knowledge.

 

In retirement she moved to BC to be near her siblings and began volunteering, first with the Arthritis Society and then with Mission Community Services. She was a strong, supportive and loving mother, keeping her family together through multiple moves and raising her children to believe that anything in life is possible.

 

She loved nature and found incredible joy in gardening and spending time outdoors. She lived selflessly, always willing to help others and was open-minded to new ideas. She always lived life with a sense of wonder and adventure which she has passed on to all who knew and loved her.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home, 7386 Horne Street, Mission, BC on Friday June 23, 2017 at 11 am with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arthritis Society or the Mission Hospice Society.

 

 

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