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"SHN" 2007 Obituary


SHNIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-14 published
SHNIER, Norman
Peacefully on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at Toronto General Hospital surrounded by his family. Norman SHNIER, beloved husband of Roberta. Loving father and father-in-law of John, David and Evelyn, and Paul and Elissa. Devoted grandfather of Pinhus, Sarah-Eta; Stephen, Rachel, and Zachary; Esther-Leora, Sholom, Avroham, and Elana- Gitte. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Bertha and the late Gordon KLIMAN of Winnipeg, Irving and the late Eleanor, Jack and the late Esther of Oklahoma City, Cecil and Rae of Winnipeg, Esther and Lanny REMIS of Winnipeg, Babe and the late Jack FINKELSTEIN of Winnipeg, Max and Chana of Vancouver, Philip and the late Shirley, Allan and Rhona of Winnipeg, Raye and Max DOLGOY of Edmonton, Helen and the late Abe SPEVAKOW of Edmonton, the late George SHNIER, and the late Clifford SHNIER. He will be fondly missed by his many nieces and nephews. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 11: 30 a.m. Interment the Temple Sinai Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 11 Janesville Road, Thornhill, with daily visits beginning at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Roberta and Norman Shnier Family Endowment Fund c/o The Baycrest, 416-785-2875.

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SHNIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-11 published
SHNIER, Norman
Husband, father, brother, Royal Canadian Air Force officer, prisoner of war, businessman, mentor. Born January 6, 1920, in Melfort, Saskatchewan. Died July 12 in Toronto of coronary disease, aged By Allan PAULL and Paul SHNIER and John SHNIER, Page L8
He was another kid who grew up in North Winnipeg but went to Toronto and left his mark.
Norman had a large ego that served him well in business, but was overshadowed by his generosity and compassion.
Many years ago, one of his many cousins asked Norman to lend him $5,000. Norman gave him the money knowing that his cousin would not be able to repay him right away. He told his cousin that one day, when the time was right, he should pass that $5,000 on to someone else - someone whose needs were greater. Norman practised "pay it forward" long before the phrase was in popular use.
He was the eighth of 12 children of Morris and Sarah SHNIER. His brother Irving said that in a family so large, the first one out of bed in the morning was the best dressed, and the first one to the kitchen table was the best fed.
Norman was a successful entrepreneur whose business acumen was remarkable. He and his brothers built one of the largest floor-covering companies in Canada.
Norman loved antique collecting. He also had a passion for playing gin with his buddies, or with his wife at the kitchen table, and enjoyed those rare occasions playing blackjack at a casino. Golf was another passion. One of his biggest joys was playing with his three sons John, David and Paul - a natural foursome.
The grandchildren will remember their Grandpa as always being happy, funny and giving the most amazing bear hugs. Grandpa always had a good story to share, and every outing with Grandma and Grandpa was an adventure.
When Norman first met Roberta (Bert) it was love at first sight. Their courtship was short, a mere three months, and then they were married.
Their marriage got off to a rocky start: Norman accidentally left Bert at a gas station in Georgia during their honeymoon. That would probably send any new bride running back to her mother. Yet in February they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
A friend of John's who met his father only once described him well: "He was so gracious and charming… full of life force and humour. He had great largesse towards others and the world."
Norman felt he was guaranteed a lifespan of three score and 10, 70 years. So to get the extra 17 years was a bonus, he said. He told his family before he died, "I've had a wonderful life, a wonderful family - a wonderful wife, wonderful kids and wonderful grandchildren. I have no regrets. It is time to say goodbye."
Allan PAULL is Norman's cousin; Paul and John SHNIER are his sons.

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