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Date of Passing: Jan 18, 2020

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As announced yesterday, Dr. Norman Hill died peacefully on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
His children invite Dad's friends and family to gather for a celebration of his life on Friday, January 24 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's River Heights United Church, 255 Oak St.
Those who knew Norm will understand that it's taking some time to write his story in a few inches of an obituary, but that will be done and published tomorrow.
Memorial donations may be made by cheque to the St. Andrews Foundation, 255 Oak St., Winnipeg, MB R3M 3P7, or to a charity of choice.
Publish Date: Jan 22, 2020


This past weekend, Dr. Norm Hill died peacefully at home.
A funeral is to be held and details will be published later this week.

Publish Date: Jan 21, 2020

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 21, 2020, Jan 22, 2020

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Sad to hear of Dr. Norm Hill's passing but loved Jason bell's tribute to him in this past weekend's Passages article. Great friends with 1993 inducted member Dr. Tom Casey ("The Citation") and accepted on his behalf that year, and of course he likely saved the life of Glenn "Keeper" McWhinney (inducted 2011) while on the scene during his broken neck injury. Always marvel at these people like Norm Hill and all he accomplished in his lifetime... they could live anywhere and yet they chose Winnipeg to raise their families. Rest in peace Norm. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame) on: Feb 24, 2020

  • I wholeheartedly regret not being at your dad's service to remember and honour him Friday. I started working with him at St. Boniface Hospital way back in 1970 when he was truly on his own - no residents or medical students - and only a few beds on a general surgical ward. But he fought with his usual tenacity to establish a whole ward of Neurosciences, incorporating medical and surgical sides of all types of cases. I was very proud to be there for nearly 20 years, working with Norm and all his colleagues, as part of a nursing team that gave our best to our patients - he expected no less. He and I developed and co-ordinated a small 'neuro' course for any nurses wishing to participate, and Averie, you may remember bringing your school Science project of a brain's workings demonstrated with Christmas lights to show us. Your Dad stood beaming with pride behind you. He and I had another relationship - an ‘F’ one - my being a Riders fan … need I say more? Beside that, it was a wonder to imagine those football hands doing delicate procedures inside anyone’s head, let alone a child’s, but they did! It was my honour and privilege to work with, and learn from Dr. Hill, and to consider him a friend. I know your fond memories will eventually help you in your feelings of loss. My sincere condolences at this sad time. - Posted by: Madge Biddell (Neuro nurse St. B.) on: Jan 26, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Dr. Hill's family, he was an answer to prayer. I was born with Hydrocephalus and he put my shunt in, I was 1 1/2 years old and am 50 something now I will be forever grateful to him for his caring and compassionate manner. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. - Posted by: Colleen Davis (patient) on: Jan 24, 2020

  • I was saddened to read of the death of Dr. Hill. I was a friend of his daughter Elizabeth, who died accidentally when we were in Grade 8. Elizabeth and I sat beside each other and talked a great deal. She was brilliant, like her father. Her dream was to become a neurosurgeon like her Dad, and for many years I was determined to try to do that for her, but I was not destined for that path. I want her siblings to know how much that death devastated their parents and many others of us and to know that some of us remember. Like her father, Elizabeth was a true friend and would do anything for people. She helped me make the transition into junior high and we had a ball playing defence together on the soccer team. What a wonderful family your mother and father created. - Posted by: Andrea Graham Battista (friend of his daughter's) on: Jan 24, 2020

  • I had the remarkable opportunity of being influenced by Dr. Norman Hill in many ways. I was first inspired by his neurosurgical skills as a medical student and when I decided to pursue a career in his specialty he was a sincere and generous mentor throughout my training. I also had the experience of working with him as a partner. Dr. Hill was consistently modest about his accomplishments. He worked hard and played hard. He set very high expectations for himself and all those who worked with him. His patients were his priority and I often heard him advise them to contact him at any time, night or day, if they had a problem. Indigenous patients in particular enjoyed his respect, compassion and special attention. Countless patients benefited from his neurosurgical skills. He garnered the respect of the neurosurgical community of Canada, along with his fellow alumni from the Mayo Clinic and he was honoured to be elected as the President of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation. He was a remarkable mentor to many trainees at all levels and was fiercely protective of his patients. Norman Hill left a huge footprint in Canadian Neurosurgery. He is sadly missed. Sincere condolences to his family, who were so often included in his reminiscences of his most important quality times. - Posted by: Michael West (Colleague and Friend) on: Jan 23, 2020

  • I was a patient of Dr. Derek Fewer and Dr. Norman Hill, at St Boniface Hospital, over 40 years. Dr. Hill and Dr. Fewer performed three surgeries on my back at that time and as a result of those surgeries I have had a great life and able to perform a lot of activities that would not have been impossible had it not been for the effort of both these wonderful doctors. I am very thankful for the personal attention they gave me and have fond memories of Dr Hill even after all these years. Hill family please accept my condolences for your loss. God Bless! - Posted by: Hank Hildebrand (Patient) on: Jan 22, 2020

  • Dr. Norman Hill was my Doctor years ago. He put my shunt in when i was very little. My Uncle also saw Dr. Hill. We both loved his bed side manner. I am forever greatful for his care. - Posted by: kelly(Fey) Ritchot (patient) on: Jan 22, 2020

  • Dear Kym, Your Rough Voice family is thinking of you with love and sympathy.We look forward to your return,take care. Love, Lois on behalf of R.V. - Posted by: Lois Wiens (Friend of Kym) on: Jan 22, 2020

  • He was a very special man, I will never forget him and his entourage of students taking our daughter into a closet with a flashlight, and coming back to say she had water on the brain. His hands were the same size as she was. He was so helpful in this time of turmoil. We were blessed the water disappeared before shunts were needed but will never forget his kindness (and his huge hands), - Posted by: Maggie & Craig Ptashnik (former patient's parents) on: Jan 22, 2020

  • When my eight year old niece sustained a severe head injury after being struck by a car she was admitted to Childrens Hospital in critical condition. and Dr. Hill operated on her. During her nearly two month stay Dr. Hill was there every day, continuing her care, and was so kind to all of us. That little girl is now a sixty-seven year old mother and grandmother. We have been and will always be so very greatful to Dr. Hill. May he rest in peace. Lenore Taylor and family - Posted by: Lenore Taylor (Greatful aunt of his patient) on: Jan 22, 2020

  • I was a patient of Norman Hill almost 40 years now. He performed surgery on me for a aneurism. I thank him for all these extra years of life. I have to say what a kind and gentle man he was. After all these years i have often thought of him. My condolences to the family in the loss of this wonderful man. - Posted by: Bernice Cardinal (Former patient) on: Jan 22, 2020

  • Norm was a great colleague and supporter of causes that he was passionate about like injury prevention. When the ThinkFirst Canada Chapter started in Winnipeg several decades ago, Norm was at the front leading it. He was a wonderful worker for safe sports and safety in general. He was bull strong and kind at the same time. In his own way, he made countless "saves," and Manitobans and many others across the land including me can thank Norm for his generosity of spirit and hard work. - Posted by: Charles Tator, M.D. (Colleague and fellow worker.) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • Barbara and Brian send our condolences to the Hill family. Brian wishes to remind the family that Norman was so kind as a mentor during Brian's difficult neurosurgical residency at the Winnipeg General Hospital. We are forever grateful for all the support we received from the Hill family. Norman will be greatly missed by the Neurological community and the whole Manitoba Community. - Posted by: Dr. Brian Hunt and Mrs. Barbara Hunt (Neurosurgical colleague and personal friend) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • I got to know Norm at Falcon Lake. He was a friend's neighbour. Amazing man so knowledgeable about many things. Had great conversations over glasses of wine. This past summer he asked me to take him to see the lake. We sat at the main beach on a bench and talked and looked at the water. After a half hour or so he said: “ok Wanda that’s enough you have better things to do than sit at the beach with an old man” Rest In Peace Norm you will be missed 😘 - Posted by: Wanda Laviolette (Friend ) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • My Wife Christy and I had the pleasure of being Dr Hill's house cleaners for the last ten years. Norman was a fine, wise, incredible friend! A true delight to behold. He will be missed. We loved him and the Hill family. Dr Hill gave so much to the World. He was a true renaissance man. So long sweet friend! Christy and Alec Friesen - Posted by: alec (Family friends) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • Dr. Hill was one of my mentors when I was a neurosurgical resident in Winnipeg, many yrs ago. I know how hard to worked to progress from a professional football player to eventually achieve the pinnacle of success he reached as a neurosurgeon. Not only was he a great neurosurgeon but also a wonderful, caring person who took a personal interest in me. I developed such great respect for him as a surgeon and requested to spend more time with him at St. B but unfortunately that didn't work out. Regardless he provided me with terrific moral and educational/clinical support for which I will always be extremely grateful. When I was completing residency he took me for lunch to discuss my future plans. Following residency I did a fellowship at University of Florida and he payed me a visit in my lab there; he was interested in the lab but it became apparent he primarily just wanted to see how I was doing and took time from his vacation in Orlando to drive up just to see me and spend the afternoon. He was truly an exceptional person who was extremely devoted to his patients and cared for people in general. Through the years I have always regretted that I had not been able to spend more time with him. I owe him a great deal and will cherish the memories I do have. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Arnold Zeal, MD (colleague former resident) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • To the Hill Family; No words can describe the sadness & sorrow you must all be feeling at this time of such a loss. Norm was such a great surgeon & friend, during the time we worked together for over 15 years @ St. Boniface Hospital. So many great memories. May you also find some comfort in all of your precious memories that you will have as a family in the difficult days, weeks & months ahead without Norm's physical presence in your daily lives. You are all in my thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. My sincere sympathy & love, Margaret (Antonation) Benoit - Posted by: Margaret (Antonation) Benoit (Former Head Nurse Neurosurgery Operating Room @ St Boniface General Hospital) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • I knew Norm as a surgeon at St. Boniface hospital, then 30 years later-I got to know him as a neighbour and a friend at Falcon lake. He loved that cottage, watching the birds come and go. We had some wonderful conversations about just about anything. I will miss you Norm. Every time I look across the field, I’ll be remembering you. - Posted by: Sheri Mcclelland (Friend) on: Jan 21, 2020

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