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RIP 'Stormin Norman'

16th April 2016

RIP 'Stormin Norman'
Norman Borradaile Hadley
1964 - 2016

An extract from Norm's memorial service held at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria on 16th April 2016.

Outspoken, charismatic, brilliant and incisively funny, Norman died on 23rd March 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Driven and successful at everything he undertook, he had a stellar career in global financial markets, retiring as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, Tokyo.

Known as 'Stormin Norman', he is a rugby legend.

From Oak Bay High School, Victoria, he later played for James Bay Athletic Association, Western Suburbs, Wellington, NZ, UBC Old Boys, London Wasps, Bedford Blues, Suntory, Toyko and the renowned British invitational team - the Barbarians. Five-time captain of Canada's national rugby team, he earned 15 caps for Canada between 1985 and 1994, and played for Canada in the 1991 World Cup in France.

Norman also loved language, poetry and music, delighting friends with his deep karaoke renditions of 'House of the Rising Sun'.

Much-loved father of Madison Elle Watson; he is the beloved son of Anita and Michael Hadley; and brother of Pauline Hadley-Beauregard (Bernie, Luke, Olivia); David Hadley (Lori Petryk, Tess Walton, Alexandria) and Michele Hadley (Robert Gully).

The thoughts and prayers of the Wasps Legends family go out to Big Norm's family and friends.


The whole of the Wasps legends squad epitomised everything rugby stands for - community spirit, great banter, competition on the pitch and the making of some lasting friendships.