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Distinguished Residents Norm Rosser

Norm Rosser

Westbrook Senior Living

Streamwood, Illinois

Norm Rosser was born in East York, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. His father worked in management for a Canadian wire and cable company. His mother, a homemaker, cared for Norm and his two siblings. When Norm was just four years old, his older brother introduced him to the ski slopes of Cobourg, Canada, located on the North Shore of Lake Ontario. Norm was comfortable in the winter elements and was a natural born skier. He would continue to ski for leisure until the age of 75.

Norm will tell anyone that growing up in Canada was great! “I liked Canada because they treat people well. They are very cordial.” In his early 20s, Norm moved to the U.S. where he could “make a better wage and have greater opportunities.” He married Jan in the mid-1980s, and the pair loved being outdoors. In their 60s, Norm and Jan retired and moved from Illinois to Angel Fire, New Mexico. The Village of Angel Fire is home to Angel Fire Ski Resort. Its elevation is 8,600 feet with a summit of 10,677 feet.

Norm and Jan were comfortable living in their mountainside home with majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. Norm enjoyed volunteering his time as a ski instructor. He was well respected for the many gold, silver and bronze medals he earned in competitive downhill skiing. Many locals and tourists would request ski instruction with Norm. He was an effective instructor with patience and a sense of humor for all ages.

Today, Norm loves to share stories of Canada, his life with Jan and competitive skiing in New Mexico. Although he enjoys life at Westbrook, he can still visualize the thrill of going down a ski slope as if it were yesterday!