Norman Bergeron’s favourite activity is singing. And more than that, it’s to sing people Happy Birthday.
“It’s my passion. It’s what I love to do,” said the 84-year-old man.
Bergeron started singing people happy birthday when he lived in Calgary, and his friends would ask him to sing the traditional song to friends of theirs. It grew from there, and now, in collaboration with The Free Press, Bergeron will serenade anyone on their birthday that wants it.
“I will sing a song directly to you on your birthday,” he said.
Bergeron recently moved to Fernie after spending close to four decades in Calgary, operating a home cleaning business. Both of his sons operate business in Fernie, and he moved to be closer to his family. Originally from Montreal, Bergeron grew up singing, and sang in nightclubs and on the radio in his 20s. He cited his favourite musicians as Perry Como and Nat King Cole.
“I like the tender, romantic, sentimental style of songs,” he said, noting that his softer side influences his musical taste.
To get Fearless Norman, as he is known, to sing you or someone you know Happy Birthday, tell The Free Press when the occasion is along with the number to call.