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Born: Aug 23, 1934

Date of Passing: Aug 12, 2021

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August 23, 1934 – August 12, 2021

It is with shock and sadness that we announce the passing of Norm, who died peacefully in his home at the age of 86.
He leaves to mourn his soulmate Elsie "Cee", with whom he would have celebrated 66 years of marriage on September 1, along with his son, Seann; daughter, Leanne (Mark); his beautiful granddaughter, Grace Lynn; his two step-grandsons, Tim and Eric; brothers, Billy, Art (Deenna), and Gary and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Norm was predeceased by father, William; mother, Marie (nee Chase); brother, Tommy and by the special mother-in-law that he doted on "Baba" Rose Hutsul.
As the eldest of five boys, Norm was a hard worker by nature; at age 11 he began deliveries on his bicycle regardless of the weather. As a teen he participated in the Air Force Reserves and eventually, as a lover of music, he briefly joined the Stadacona Band then later the Naden Band, both of the Royal Canadian Navy.
After leaving the Navy, he met and married Elsie, began a family and continued his lifelong commitment to learning while working at Niakwa and Southwood Golf Courses. From there he took a position as greenskeeper at Transcona Golf Course, where he helped design and then rebuild the nine hole course into 18 holes and eventually became greenskeeper at Wildwood Golf Course, where his decision to build the dyke there, saved the course from numerous floodings.
Norm was hired by the (then) City of St. Vital, to manage all parks and the swimming pool and oversee the completion of the St. Vital Arena, and later hired by the City of Winnipeg. He made many contributions while working first as a Superintendent of Grounds and later Supervisor of Forestry Department, including helping to develop and implement the city's Dutch Elm Disease Program, thus helping to preserve our beautiful canopy of trees for future generations. He retired from the city in 1992.
Norm never backed down from adversity, either in his professional or private life and often rose from life's challenges even stronger. As a cancer survivor, he was proud to participate in fundraising for "Relay of Life" (CancerCare).
He enjoyed golf, playing his trumpet and regularly attending Assiniboia Downs for horseracing, but his greatest pleasure was getting together with family over a few drinks and a great meal, and telling stories.
Through all of this, Norm never wavered in his commitment to helping others; family, friends or strangers. If there was a need, Norm was there in whatever capacity was helpful, whether you wanted help or not. He loved people and never allowed their flaws to overshadow the good in them, and he saw beauty in their humanness. He possessed the remarkable ability of always finding the humour in any situation, and joy in the camaraderie that inevitably arose.
He was a good man, loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Please contact Chapel Lawn Funeral Home for the live streaming information between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Norm's memory to CancerCare of Manitoba

"Until we meet again, my Love"

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Publish Date: Aug 28, 2021


On August 12, 2021, Norman passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 86.

Longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Aug 14, 2021

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 14, 2021, Aug 28, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • The first time I net Norm, he was in the back yard of one of many homes Leanne and Mark were 'Leanannifying' Norm proudly watching his daughter erecting a very beautiful fence. Further in the course of the project, we were all working inside to meet a deadline. Well, I was ready to have words with Norm and his helper, as I became a Jack-in-the-Box as they kept passing on my freshly painted staircase! Know more of Norm later thru Elsie and Leanne, he was likely snickering all the while! He loved his Loni Beach retreat, and puttering, but mostly he loved his Gracelyn and family. I am glad I got to meet Norm. - Posted by: Rachel Gendron (FamilyFriend) on: Sep 01, 2021

  • So very saddened to hear that Uncle Normie has passed on. Some of my most cherished memories as a young Hellzapoppin' (a 1941 musical, I found out) were spent on Strathcona street staying up a little past my bed time to watch Chiller Thriller on the 'tube. I don't watch a spooky movie now without thoughts of Uncle Norm. All the best. - Posted by: Barrie Hutsul (Nephew) on: Aug 31, 2021

  • I was so saddened to hear of Norm's passing. I remember all those Saturday's we spent together with Norm serenading us with his trumpet. Always so positive, a little mischievous and so full of fun. My visits to Winnipeg will not be the same without him there. My sincere condolences to you Elsie, Seann, Leanne and family. Rest in Peace Norm. - Posted by: Helene Hutsul (Sisterinlaw) on: Aug 31, 2021

  • Although I have not seen Norman for many years, I remember fondly when our parents, Jim and Ella Chase, would take us on a special trip to Winnipeg to visit" The Williams Boys!" His tribute reinforces the memory I have of him as a nice, caring person. My condolences to Elsie and the Family. Donna Faye Kyle (Chase), cousin - Posted by: Donna Faye Kyle (nee Chase) (Cousin) on: Aug 31, 2021

  • I was saddened to hear about Uncle Norm's sudden passing. My deepest sympathy to you, Aunt Elsie, Leanne and Seann. Thank you for all the polkas, Uncle Normie. - Posted by: Jo-Anne Hutsul (niece) on: Aug 30, 2021

  • So very sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Williams. I remember him as a teen growing up in the West end of Winnipeg, he was always so kind, and I remember his great sense of humor. His picture is just how I remember him! My deepest condolences to you Leanne, Elsie, and your family. - Posted by: Charlane Kitching (Friend of Leanne‚Äôs) on: Aug 28, 2021

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