Passed away on February 3, 2019, at the age of 61, with loved ones by his side. Norm was predeceased by the love of his life, Heidi, and survived by his children (whom adored him) Misa and Aaron. He leaves behind his son and daughter in law Tony and Janet, his honorary daughter Shannon, his beloved grandsons Mateo and Hiro, his parents Addie and Bill, and his large extended family that includes siblings, siblings-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins. Norm was a family man through and through. He was also a great friend and physiotherapist. He will be missed by so many. Norm grew up in Montreal in a family of six brothers and sisters. He was a wrestler in his youth and became the Pan-American Wrestling Champion in 1977 when he was 20 years old (an achievement he continued to pride himself on 40 years later). He graduated from McGill University and eventually moved to Winnipeg to work as a physiotherapist. It is there that he met Heidi and they started their life together, marrying within one year of meeting. They later moved to Ottawa, where he opened his own business, Ortho-Sport Physiotherapy, in 1989. Over the course of his career, he treated more than 3,500 clients and was devoted to their health and wellbeing. He loved going to work every day and working alongside a team of dedicated and creative professionals he considered friends. Norm was someone who appreciated life and truly celebrated both the big and small joys. He loved riding his bike and playing guitar and eating at restaurants and watching movies and TV shows. He was devoted to his grandsons and delighted in their company. He loved to travel (his favourite places to visit were California and New York City). He was environmentally conscious and cared about his community and the world around him. He had a great sense of humour and a wonderful, contagious laugh. If you knew Norm, you were better for it. And the world was a better place for having had him in it. Our family wishes to send our deepest thanks to the doctors, nurses, and personal support workers at the Ottawa Hospital, particularly the General campus, and the staff at the May Court Hospice. Norm’s Celebration of Life will be held in the Sacred Space of Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue (east of Vanier Parkway), Ottawa, on Saturday, February 16, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, we encourage people to make donations to the May Court Hospice (hospicecareottawa.ca) in Norm’s name to help support the incredible work that they do.
Celebration of Life
Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services