WINQUIST, Norman Oscar Born in King's Daughters Hospital, Duncan, BC on October 25, 1937 to Oscar and Agnes Winquist. It is with great sadness that we announce Norman's peaceful passing in Victoria on April 10, 2013, after a long battle with Lewy-Body Dementia. He leaves his daughters, Donna (Ron), and Diane (Brad); Carol Hughes, mother of his daughters; grandson, Michael (Adrienne); and great-grandson, Cruz; as well as his sister, Audrey (Henry) Ballegeer; and brother, Robert. He is also survived by his niece, Teri (Jason), and nephews, Tony (Bev), Steve, Craig, Darryl (Tracy) and Mark (Candi). There are also several great nieces and nephews, and many cousins here and overseas. Norman grew up in Youbou and received his education there and in Lake Cowichan. His playing career started in Youbou as a teenager while playing with local fellow musicians for community events. He moved to Victoria in the late 1950's. MUSICIAN EXTRAORDINAIRE, he was known for his guitar, banjo, and mandolin playing. As a very well known country musician and teacher he was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in Victoria on September 9, 2006 as a musician, teacher and composer. Over the years there have been many bands: The Rambling Guitars, Midnight Ramblers, Woodshed, and Country Cache, to name a few. During these years the various bands were honoured to open for and/or tour with musicians such as Wilf Carter (Expo '67), Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins, Ferlin Husky, and others. Too many to mention are the numerous past and present friends and players who had a wonderful musical rapport with Norman. Norman has been very much missed by the local Victoria country music scene since he became ill several years ago. With gratitude, the family wishes to thank the NURSES and CARE AIDES who took care of Norman for the past seven and a half years at the Kiwanis Pavilion. A man with a sense of humour, he had his ever present "punch lines" in his shirt pocket to take out at a moment's notice to share with others. He will be greatly missed by family and many, many friends. A private family service will be held. The family invites friends and fellow musicians to a Celebration of Life to take place at the Esquimalt Legion 622 Admirals Road (upstairs) on Friday, April 19 at 4 pm. Bring your favourite musical instrument(s) and your stories! In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation, please consider making it in honour of Norman to the Victoria Conservatory of Music, 900 Johnson Street Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3N4.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Apr. 13 to Apr. 16, 2013