Norman Angus Macdonald
Passed on April 19, 2023
After a brief illness, Norman (Norrie) passed on April 19, 2023 aged 82 in hospital.
He is survived by daughters Fiona and Kirsty, grandson Ray and some extended family in Scotland.
Norrie was predeceased by parents Effie & Calum Macdonald of the Isle of Lewis Scotland, his brother Roddy of Ardrishaig Argyll and his beloved Sophie Melnychuk of Winnipeg.
Born in Lochgilphead Scotland, Dad was educated in Art and education in Edinburgh. He began his teaching career at Oban High School, came to Winnipeg to teach at Churchill High school 1967–69, back to the isle of Tiree with his growing family, and then finally emigrating to Canada in 1972. Norrie was a staple for 28 years at Gordon Bell High School in Winnipeg. He was devoted to making Art fun for his students, many who will remember him fondly for years to come.
Dad enjoyed time spent with the Grand Lodge of Manitoba for many years, loads of evening and weekends at Assiniboia Downs, and Dart League at the Fort Garry Legion where he met his lovely Sophie, with whom he resided and cared for until her passing in 2022.
As per Dads wishes there will be no official service. Cremation has taken place.
Thank you so much to the staff at the Grace and St. Boniface Hospitals, Deer Lodge Centre and especially Lions Manor for taking such good care of Norrie.
Now it is time to leave you all in the spirit of a fun loving Scot – “Here’s to us; who is as good as us? Damn few, and they’re all dead”;)
I met Norrie in 1976 at Gordon Bell High School during my first student teaching practicum. He was one of my supervising teachers in the art program. Being a total “newbie” I was extremely grateful to be in the presence of such an experienced and charismatic a teacher as Norrie. I remember him fondly to this day. In deepest sympathy, Erika Uustalu-Nicholson (retired art teacher)
Our Sincere Sympathies to Norrie’s family, I had the privilege of sharing many phone conversations, met for coffees and lunches downtown and enjoyed visiting at family gatherings with Norrie and my cousin Sophie. Our last conversation most recently, Norrie was lonely and missed Sophie…although saddened by his passing I know he is happy to be reunited with Sophie. Rest in peace Norrie. ❤️Val & family and Helen (Sophies’s cousins)
Val Sophie’s Cousin
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