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.Print This Obituary & Condolences