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NORMEN OREST KONOWALCHUK (published on January 12, 2006)



NORMEN OREST KONOWALCHUK (NORM) On January 9, 2006, when you left us, our hearts and lives were changed forever. We were holding your hands; watching how brave you still were not wanting us to be afraid; we knew we couldn't hold on to you anymore, as it was your time to start your new life and join the other angels in heaven. Normen leaves behind to cherish in his memory his lifelong love Marusia of 33 years; children, Normen (Dan), Larysa (Jason), Orest (Darci); and his two granddaughters, Tyanna and Alexa (the two lights of his life), as well as numerous friends and family. Norm's honorary pallbearers are Dusan Drazic, Don Kruse, Jennifer Tribula, Ken Webb, Peter Manastyrsky Sr. and Robert Olson. Norm was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary Konowalchuk and his father-in-law John Manastyrsky. Normen was born on January 4, 1951, in Steinbach, MB. His early years were spent on his family farm located in Pansy, MB and later resided in Winnipeg for the remaining of his life. After graduating from St. John's High School, Norm enrolled and successfully completed his diploma in Business Administration at Red River Community College (later known as Red River College). After graduating with his diploma, Normen held various positions throughout his 33 1/2 successful years at Red River College (RRC). His career began at the college in 1972, where Normen obtained his first position in the Account Receivable Department and ended, in the highlight of his career, within a senior management position as Vice President - Administrative Affairs. Normen's strong belief and passion in assisting RRC with its mandate to provide the most superior applied learning and academic training to its staff and students in Manitoba, along with his strong work ethics and unquestionable sense of values and integrity, allowed him to obtain the success he had at the college. During his role as Vice President - Administrative Affairs, he implemented many administrative initiatives for RRC. His greatest and most dearest, achievement at the college was being the visionary leader in introducing the concept of having a downtown college campus to the City of Winnipeg (after visiting many campus colleges in North America), that eventually evolved into today's RRC Princess Street Campus. Outside of work, Normen was a longtime board member of North Winnipeg Credit Union of over 25 years, where he last presided as President after taking a leave of absence in November 2005. Normen was also very involved in the soccer community as a parent, coach, manager, volunteer and a special committee chair within the Manitoba Soccer Association, where he developed many special friendships along the way. In addition, Normen was a brilliant and accomplished accordionist. For many years until the late 1980s, he actively played in a Ukrainian band called Zabava. This was one of his hobbies that he was very passionate about and excelled tremendously in. Mysh, Dad, Didi, we will miss you more than words could ever express, we will miss your friendly blue eyes, your smiling face and above all your love, hugs and kisses. We love you and will forever hold you in our hearts. Rest in Peace......Vichnaya Pamyate! A memorial service will be held at Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery, on Friday January 13 at 10:00 a.m., Hwy No. 1 East at Navin Road. Immediately following the service, a reception lunch will follow at Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Ave. (Voyageur Room). Flowers are gratefully declined, but if friends and family wish, donations may be made to the Normen Konowalchuk Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at Red River College. Please direct your donations to Red River College, D-115, 2055 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery Hwy. No. 1 E. at Navin, (204) 222-3241


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