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Born: Apr 04, 1935

Date of Passing: Apr 26, 2017

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NORMAN GARROD LARSEN Norman Garrod Larsen was born in Moose Jaw on April 4, 1935 and died in Winnipeg on April 26, 2017. He was the youngest of three children born to Ida Riise Larsen and Sigurd Alvin Larsen, an immigrant from Norway who made a good living through the Depression as a musician. Ida often said that times were tough, but everyone had a nickel for the Saturday night dance. Norm came to Winnipeg at the age of 10 and attended Hugh John Macdonald Jr. High School and Daniel McIntyre High School, while living with his mother and stepfather upstairs in a rooming house at 749 Winnipeg Avenue (1945 to 1952). He received a B.A. from United College (1956), taught history at St. James Collegiate (1962 to 1966) and received a law degree from the University of Manitoba (1968). He articled with Joe Zuken and practiced law with Zuken and Roland Penner (1968 to 1972). The firm became Zuken, Penner & Larsen from the day he was called to the Bar and his earnings as an articling student dropped by half. In 1972, he was the first staff lawyer hired by the newly established Legal Aid Manitoba, starting as the Senior Attorney at the first of six Neighbourhood Law Centres at 95 Isabel Street, and held several other positions, ending as Executive Director (1977 to 1979). He attended Harvard Law School and received a Master of Laws (1980). After brief positions in the Law Society of Manitoba and the Faculty of Law, he spent his last 13 years in practice (1987 to 2000), as a legislative drafter with the Office of Legislative Counsel in the Department of Justice (Manitoba). In retirement, he conducted seminars on Funeral Planning (2000 to 2005), and published three books on the province's legal history (one with Roland Penner). Norm Larsen was partner to Linda; father to Kenton and Janna; brother to Sid Larsen and Peggy Camilleri; uncle, and friend to all. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Norm Larsen, please consider Winnipeg Foundation, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, or Riverview Health Centre Foundation. A celebration of Norm's life will take place at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, on Friday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 29, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I am saddened to read of Professor Norman Larsen's passing - a discovery I just made (in August 2021) upon searching to recall a bit about him linked to an important impression he made upon me when I was a student of his class at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law in 1983. He was a fine person and personified the social justice lawyer. I will in fact share the story tomorrow in a staff meeting at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law where I teach (following a career as an international civil servant jurist)... trying my best to teach in Professor Larsen's spirit and help the next generation continue the long march towards realising social justice. RIP Professor Larsen. - Posted by: John Packer (student) on: Aug 24, 2021

  • I have known Norm since I was 8 yrs Old when he lived above my Aunt n uncle on Wpg Ave. We lost touch when I married and moved to Arizona in 1962 Where I've lived ever since. We reconnected around 1982 n had some Great conversations n lunches when I would visit my Mother in Wpg. By Coincidence Norm's Mom lived in The same Apt complex before they Both entered Care Centers I never Met Kenton or Janna but my sincere Wishes for your health n happiness are in my thoughts n prayers. And of course to you Linda although I didn't see very often but thought you were a lovely person n know you are always welcome to keep in touch with me. I may be moving to Flagstaff Arizona next Spring n will send my new address at that time. - Posted by: Helen (Holmes) Harvey (dear old friend) on: Jul 05, 2017

  • Our sympathies to you and your family. We have never met but as noted, I am Norm's cousin. (Lewis Riise's son) I rarely seen Norm but met with him about ten years ago when passing through Winnipeg. I also seen him when I visited Aunt Ida. We always had a good visit in spite of her hearing. She told me that she enjoyed my visit because I was the only one left who knew about life back in our early days near Simmie. It is odd that we both have a son named Kenton, an unusual name. I called Sid on his birthday last week and when I asked about Norm he said he hadn't heard for quite some time. Again our sympathies to you. - Posted by: Conrad Riise (Cousin) on: May 06, 2017

  • I went to Hugh John MacDonald and Daniel MacIntyre schools with Norm. We lived 3 streets away from him. He was a first class person with high morals. I did not see him for many years since I moved away from Winnipeg. Then when I moved back I met him in at Lions Place. We started a friendship again, having many coffee breaks. He never spoke of his illness and I didn't know he was sick. I will miss him greatly. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Frank Stroppa (friend) on: May 04, 2017

  • I remember Norm with deep fondness, and now with sadness at his passing. He was a highly respected colleague in the Legislative Counsel Office of Manitoba Justice. He was an excellent drafter and a good listener and mentor. He had a knack for knowing how to read and respond to young professionals who were struggling with big decisions, such as changing a career path. - Posted by: Jake Harms (Former colleague) on: May 01, 2017

  • Our sincere condolences to you, Kenton and Janna and family on the passing of your dear father. We have fond memories of him. Since we are going out of town this week, we are very sorry to miss the memorial service. - Posted by: Henry & Martha Fast (Friend) on: Apr 30, 2017

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