Niels Norgaard

It is with a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather.

Niels Norgaard of Salmon Arm passed away on September 14, 2013 at the age of 83 years, after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Helga, his son Brian (Lana), his daughter Cindy (Gord) along with his two grandchildren Kyle and Justin.  He is also survived by many family and friends in Denmark, Calgary and the Shuswap area.

Niels was born in Rodding, Viborg, Denmark on July 23, 1930.  He served in the Danish Military for a total of five years where he rose to the rank of tank commander for the Dragon regiment.

Niels immigrated to Canada in 1956 and was soon employed in the construction industry in Calgary.  He eventually joined the dairy industry where he worked for 35 years until his retirement.

In 1994 Niels and Helga retired to the Shuswap area where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, relaxing on the back deck overlooking the lake and pursuing his favourite hobbies which included: gardening, reading, woodworking and bowling.

Special thanks to: Dr Erasmus Bonthuys, O.T. Myra Elamatha, the ALS Society of B.C., Salmon Arm Community Health Care as well as all the nurses and staff at Bastion Place for their care and compassion.

To honour Niels’ wishes, there will be no formal service or Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Society of B.C., 1233 – 13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC, V6V 2X7 or online at

Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. EMAIL condolences and share memories through Niel’s obituary at

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