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NORGAARD, Rudolph Albert

January 14, 1942 – Innisfail, Alberta
June 1, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Rudolph “Rudy” Albert Norgaard, beloved husband of Heather Jean Norgaard (nee Thomson) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the age of 77 years.

Rudy was born in Innisfail, AB, on January 14, 1942, and grew up in the Kevisville area on a family farm until he went to stay with family friends to attend grade nine in Sundre. Rudy then went to work for a year on the Skog & Olson Mill near Cremona, AB, where he met his future wife Heather at a dance. He worked for Parker Drilling and was promoted through all the positions to driller by the age of eighteen. While working on the rigs, he applied to work with BJ Borg Warner, a cementing and acidizing company. He was promoted to the position of Operations Manager, working all over the province; Red Deer twice, once as the station manager, Whitecourt, High Level, Calgary, and lastly settled down in Grande Prairie. After twenty eight years at BJ Borg Warner, Rudy and Heather started an oilfield fluids filtration business that they successfully operated for ten years and sold it, afterwards Rudy started an oilfield filtration supply company for four years.

Rudy married Heather on August 16, 1963 they celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary, with the original wedding party, in Sundre last August. He was a member of the Saskatoon Lake 50+ Club, the Saskatoon Lake Agricultural Society, and proudly volunteered with for various organizations including the STARS Ride for Life which was sponsored locally by the Saskatoon Lake Agricultural Society.

Rudy accomplished much through his life and was particularly proud of time engaged with family and friends whether they were; on a horse, on the boat, in the Jeep, on a quad, in the field, or around the kitchen or coffee table. Rudy and Heather started and successfully operated two oilfield businesses, before they “fully” retired. Rudy enjoyed fishing, trail riding and packing, building and working with the equipment on the farm, flying, but most of all he was happiest when doing something in the presence of family and close friends. Rudy and Heather’s most memorable vacations were when they were on horse back, packing and trail riding with family and friends in the mountains. He will be most remembered for his generosity, his honesty, his quick genuine smile, and his hard work in both this personal and professional life.

Besides his loving wife Heather, Rudy is survived by his three sons, Robert Norgaard (Calgary), Duane (Liliana) Norgaard (Calgary) and Timothy (Jennifer) Norgaard (High Prairie); and three grandchildren Emily, Connor and Taylor. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Colleen and Lorraine Norgaard; brother and sister-in-law, Barry and Mary Thomson; and brother-in-law Stanley Tribe; as well his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Rudy was predeceased by his parents, Theodore Ingvord Neilson Norgaard and Isabella Brown Norgaard; siblings and their spouses Ingvord Norgaard, Jennie (Gordon) Willsie, Margaret (Malcolm) Scott, George Norgaard, Ray Norgaard and Carl Norgaard; and nephews, Howard and Homer Scott.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB), on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In living memory of Rudy Norgaard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Austin Fontenot

    Duane I am very sorry for the loss but knowing that he is no longer suffering

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  2. Brent & Rose MacLennan

    So sorry to hear of Rudy’s passing. May he rest easy. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

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  3. Dayle & Walter Onyschuk

    Heather and family. So sorry for your loss. Rudy will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. RIP Rudy.

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  4. Duane, Robert & Tim, Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your dad. He will always be remembered as a hard working, honest and respectable man, and a great father. He was proud of his boys. My thoughts are with Heather and all of you and the family right now.

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  5. Duane, your Texas friends are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

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  6. Our Thoughts are with you, Heather & Boys, at this time.
    Sending our Love, Ed & Leone Smart

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  7. Anne & Palmer Schuetzle

    Our sincere condolences to you Heather and your family at this sad time. Rudy will be greatly missed.

    Anne & Palmer Schuetzle

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  8. Jerry and Audrey Thiesen

    Sorry to hear of Rudolph’s death. We have fond memories of their visits here. We will be thinking of all of you.

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  9. Rich and Perlea Ashton

    To Duane, Lily and your extended family, we are very sorry for your loss! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope you heal as time goes on and are able to remember all the good things and fond memories about your Dad.

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  10. Marjorie McKinnon

    Heather…..Mary phoned to let us know of Rudolph’s passing. You and your family are being remembered by many friends at this time. We can not change things but we can offer our prayers and support to you. I remember the last time we saw you two was in Edmonton at the rodeo and you both looked so happy.
    God Bless
    Marjorie and Donnie

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  11. Matt & Deb Nalesnik

    Heather, we were sad to hear of Rudy’s passing. We always enjoyed his company on jeeping trips, playing cards or just visiting. Rudy will be missed by all friends and family.

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  12. Rudy…such great memories you have left us to cherish; the girls and I will forever be grateful.Our sympathy to the family.

    Flo Arthurs and family

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  13. Oh Heather!! My deepest condolences. The kids and I love both you and Rudy so much, as did Woody. I can hear Rudy’s robust laughter now, as he and Woody catch up on the last fourteen years!! Hopefully they are doing so as they enjoy a trail ride through the mountains, under blue skies with a gentle breeze! My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours now through this difficult time. Know you are loved girl!!

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  14. Hi Heather Duane Robert Tim and family’s I would like to take a moment to express my condolences on the passing of a husband and father and I can only hope and pray that the many memories that you must have of him will help to console and comfort you through this difficult time and in the coming days ahead with sincere sympathy Stan Tribe

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  15. MacLennan family

    To Heather, Robert,Duane, Tim and their family’s. Al, Ada and family would like to send our condolences on the passing of Rudy. It has been a while since our family’s have spent time together, but going back to the early days on Olsen Street, in Red Deer, where lasting memories where made and will always
    be remembered. Mom and dad also, still talk of their time they were able to visit Rudy and Heather at their home west of Grande Prairie. RIP Rudy.

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  16. Duane and family,
    I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. It’s difficult to write and reflect on a loved ones life (in just a few paragraphs); but you’ve done your dad proud – he sounded like a remarkable man who will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. Cherish all the great memories you hold in your hearts – for it is there.. that they will live on forever.
    Susan Maxwell

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  17. Bonnie Nalesnik

    Our deepest condolences to you Heather, Robert, Duane, Tim & family’s.
    It was a sad day when we heard of Rudy’s passing. We will deeply treasure all the laughs & good times we were able to share with Rudy. His genuine smile will never be forgotten. Big hugs to you all.

    Love, Tim & Bonnie

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