Norman Donogh Obituary
 
In Memory of

Mr. Norman Ross Donogh

April 9, 1923 - August 11, 2014
Obituary

LT. COL (RET) NORM DONOGH It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Norm Donogh at Winnipeg Manitoba on August 11, 2014. Both a loving husband and father, he was also an adoring Papa to his grandchildren. Family and friends were very important to Norm. Born in Winnipeg on April 9, 1923, second child to Rev Wallace Donogh and Mabel Ashworth, Norm grew up surrounded by love, music and a strong faith. He shared these gifts throughout his life time. During WW2, Norm served in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, participating in the D-Day landings and the Liberation of Holland. Upon his return from overseas Norm completed his BA...
LT. COL (RET) NORM DONOGH

It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Norm Donogh at Winnipeg Manitoba on August 11, 2014.

Both a loving husband and father, he was also an adoring Papa to his grandchildren. Family and friends were very important to Norm. Born in Winnipeg on April 9, 1923, second child to Rev Wallace Donogh and Mabel Ashworth, Norm grew up surrounded by love, music and a strong faith. He shared these gifts throughout his life time. During WW2, Norm served in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, participating in the D-Day landings and the Liberation of Holland.

Upon his return from overseas Norm completed his BA and worked as a teacher, then a reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. It was while working at the paper, he met the love of his life June (Cherry) they were married in May of 1952. Norm took a job with the Province of Manitoba, Dept. of Industry and Commerce in 1956. He was a dedicated civil servant; there was no question regarding protocol and procedure that Norm could not answer. During his time with the province he served as aide-de-camp for Lt Governor Pearl McGonigal.

Retiring in 1988, Norm and June were able to travel, something they enjoyed thoroughly for many years. When Norm and June became grandparents they planned many wonderful experiences for "their girls". Every family get together was recorded for their memory project, a legacy that is appreciated.

Norm was an active participant in compiling both regimental histories of the famed Little Black Devils, leaving a historically correct legacy for future generations. He was proud to have been part of the planning of the Regiment's 125th Anniversary. His dedication and work was honoured by their Colonel and Chief HRH Prince Charles in a personal message to Norm. Poor health prevented him from attending this year's 70 anniversary celebration of D-Day in Normandy. His last act of Remembrance was laying a wreath during the 70th anniversary of D-Day at Vimy Ridge Park on June 6 of this year. He will always be remembered as heavily involved in the regiment, teaching the younger generations the importance of the sacrifice made by so many young men.

Norm had a keen mind and a ready wit. He was a long standing member of the Winnipeg Press Club, and The Manitoba Community Newspapers Association granted him a lifetime membership. Norm was extremely proud of being a member of the "Senators", curling at the Granite Curling Club.

Norm is predeceased by his wife June, parents Wallace and Mabel, brothers Roland and Gordon and sister Lorraine. Norm is survived by his son Brian, wife Ellen and granddaughters Jacqueline, Shannon, Danielle, a sister Gwen Hewlett and many nieces and nephews.
Respecting Norm's wishes, a private family interment has taken place at Thomson "In the Park" Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. A Memorial Service to celebrate Norm's life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests honouring Norm's memory through one of the following: the Victoria Hospital Foundation, the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation or the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Foundation.

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