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Norman REISMAN
1948 - 2021
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NORMAN REISMAN October 24, 1948 - January 10, 2021 Son. Husband. Father. Brother. Uncle. Friend. Builder. Bringer of Laughter. With great sadness, the family of Norman Reisman announces that he died peacefully on January 10th, 2021, as he wished, with his wife by his side. Cherished son of Ruth and the late George Reisman, loving and devoted husband to Michelle (née Netkin), proud father of Alessandra and Gregory, dedicated brother to Elly and Dragana, Sam and Rose, Dolly and Mo, Hannah, Larry and Marielba. Caring son-in-law of Brenda and the late Barry Netkin, brother-in-law of Brad and Jen, and Lisa. Doting uncle to Elissa, Josh, Faryl, Natalie, David, Laura, Adam, Jesse, Gabe, Maya, Jordan, Jack and Isabel. To these, and to a vast community of friends and colleagues, he showed the rich possibilities of life. He didn't tell people how to live … he just lived and invited us all to join. Norman was the first of six children. First-born, first among equals. As the first of his Bubbi Reisman's grandchildren, Norman was her undisputed favourite. Her desire to make him comfortable knew no bounds as she happily butchered the favourite silk pyjamas of her adult son, Al, chopping them off at the knees to fit young Norman so that he could sleep like a prince. Little did she know that she seeded a life-long enjoyment of fine clothes. The House of Armani gives its thanks to Bubbi. In his teenage years, he considered a career as a professional skier at Kitzbühel, Austria, but after his first and only run he decided instead to try his hand at being a professional Jacuzzi-tester. With business skills not yet honed, he managed to blow the food budget for the entire group on a single dinner date, kindling a passion for culinary excellence. The Three-Star House of Michelin gives its thanks. Norman began his career as a builder doing summer jobs for his father, and teamed up in the 1970s with his brother Elly to build homes. From their first project, a modest single-family housing project in Waterloo, Ontario, "the Boys" grew their company and expanded it across Canada and into the United States. Their vision grew skyward as they transformed the urban landscape with high-rise towers: condominiums and office buildings. Norman's eye and taste for the beautiful...women, clothes, art, food...gave their company a commitment to architectural distinction that won many awards. No buildings cut from the same pattern; never a short-list of swappable floor plans. With his business grown into a fully integrated group of residential, commercial and industrial developers and builders, Norman could have dined out on stories of business success. But the stories he most loved to tell were of his family, of the life he shared with Michelle and how she and his children enriched his life. He took great pride in Gregory and Alessandra, admired the adults they've become and spoke often of the joy and honour in having had a hand in raising them. With Michelle, they laughed and lived as loving partners, as travelling companions, and as gracious and generous hosts. No occasion was too minor for celebration, no accomplishment too small to keep the champagne corked. Norman's humour also flowed and bubbled into the world. Full magnum. He would lead with a twinkle in his eye or a sly conspiratorial smile, and follow with sledgehammer-blunt corniness or with scalpel-sharp wit. There was always another joke, just around the corner, waiting to be told. And no-one loved them more than Norman, who laughed till he cried with each retelling. In the last months of his life, as he fought his disease, Norman's humour exploded with his love as he tended to others by using his wisecracks and witticisms to keep sadness at bay. At one point, his end in sight, he found himself talking with others about their plans for travel and relocations: people deciding to head South, or to relocate to a warm island. "Hey," he quipped, "I'm just going a little further." In the end, he didn't lose to cancer; he won with love. Forever in our hearts, thoughts, and memories. Norman. In lieu of flowers please donate to: Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, The Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder at CAMH, or to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2021.
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January 17, 2021
Norman was always ready to work hard and make the most of the time he had. It’s been a pleasure knowing him and working for him and Michelle and their families for many years.
Sending our love and prayers to the Reisman clan, extended families and friends.
Angela Coon ( the late Charles Francis) and James Francis
Angela Coon
Friend
January 17, 2021
To Dolly, Jesse and Gabe, and to your family, May you walk with Norman in your heart forever. Thinking of you all , Dr Michele Chaban
Michele Chaban
Acquaintance
January 17, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Josie Salituro, Mary Giusto and Rosa Mazza
Acquaintance
January 14, 2021
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January 14, 2021
Dear Ruth and Family,
Terri, Simon, and the entire Johnston clan send our heartfelt condolences on losing Norman. Our thoughts are with you.
Bruce Johnston
Bruce Johnston
Friend
January 14, 2021
My deepest condolences to Michelle &the Reisman Family RIP Norman
Val Noworacki
Coworker
January 13, 2021
Dear Mrs. Ruth Reisman, Mrs. Michelle Reisman, Elly, Sam, Dolly , Alessandra and Gregory and all other family members:

My heart ached and shocked at learning Mr. Norman's departure. I share your sorrows and great sense of loss. But Norman's always sunny smile, gentleness, sense of humor, compassion and love for others, integrity and character lives in us. He lived a fruitful life.

May the Spirit of God of eternal love and peace be with you all at this difficult time with pains and sorrows. And Jesus Christ, the Holy One of Israel and our Messiah, our Shepherd and Healer help you overcome this hard time.

Love you all!

Sincerely,

Jenny
Jenny Yang
Friend
January 13, 2021
Our Deepest Condolences to the Reisman Family.
I had to the opportunity to meet Mr. Reisman and he was extremely nice
Again our deepest sympathies
Michae Long
Acquaintance
January 13, 2021
My condolences to Elly and the Reisman family.
Sincerely,
Alex Karpuchin
Alexander Karpuchin
Family
January 12, 2021
Dear Michelle and Family

We were so saddened to learn of Norm's passing.

We first met Norm many years ago when we purchased our condo at Muskoka Sands. Today we will miss his
presence at Taboo. Our sincere condolences to you and the Reisman family.

Don and Joanne Thomson
Condo 12







January 12, 2021
My deepest condolences to Dolly, Hannah, Elly, Sam and Larry and their families.

Although I never really knew Norm (being 12 years older), I did see him around the Reisman house when I was growing up, spending time with Larry and our friends.

Having lost my only brother, I can only wish the family strength and peace knowing he is no longer suffering and that you always hold onto the many cherished memories you must all have of your dear brother.

May his memory be a blessing.

Rob Weinberg
Neighbor
January 12, 2021
Our most heartfelt and sincerest condolences to the entire Reisman family for this enormous loss of a great man, husband, father, son, brother, friend and owner/manager. I connected and had a very special bond with Norman for the twenty-five years that I worked with him, he truly had a heart of gold. Please rest in peace Norm, you will be missed by all.
Sandra & Phil Blumenthal
Sandra Blumenthal
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Norm was always a gentleman and gracious host. I recall his company up at Muskoka Sands and Taboo during the summers while vacationing with my family.

His humor and laugh were priceless.

My condolences to The Reisman Family.
Frank Gasbarre
Friend
January 12, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to Ruth, Dolly and family. We wish you healing and peace knowing you are surrounded by much love.
Pam & Richard Earle
Pam Earle
Friend
January 12, 2021
Dear Dolly and family,
My deepest condolences to all if you at this very difficult time. From all accounts, Norman was a remarkable man and leaves a wonderful legacy of love and life. May his memory be a blessing.
Ellen Cohen
Friend
January 11, 2021
Our deepest condolences, I worked at Great Gulf for eight years, Mr. Reisman was a true gentleman, remembered our names (there were many!), always had a smile and a pleasant thing to say. A sharp dresser with a quick wit. He will be missed.
Tina Hoy-Pulfer
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Norman was one of my first dates. He would wine and dine me several times a week at Inn on the Park. A gentleman to his finest. I havent seen Norman in many years but I will always remember him for being the best he could be and he certainly was. He took me to beautiful places and sometimes when he picked me up from home he would sit and talk to my Mother for hours. He was very fond of her and they certainly had great conversations...Norman you will be missed but forever remembered. Rest In Peace Sweet Angel Amen
Ellen Silver Orzy
Friend
January 11, 2021
Michelle, I've always enjoyed the visits I've had with you and Norman - often over dinner. I was saddened to hear of his passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, the children, and your family today.
Tim Cestnick
Friend
January 11, 2021
My condolences to
the family in your time of sorrow.
Norman was a great guy and I loved his sense of humor.
He would always have a joke and a smile on his face when he came into the office or he would be singing a tune. That is how I will always remember Norm. He will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace.
Brenda Henderson
Coworker
January 11, 2021
I met Norm when they purchased Muskoka Sands Inn, now Taboo he was a remarkable person and I will never forget him along with his brother Ellie. My condolences to the whole family.
Mary crocco
Friend
January 11, 2021
We are all one-of-a-kind and Norman's kind of one-of-a-kind is incredibly rare. Condolences to Michelle, his family and the many people fortunate to call him a friend.
Vince Beretta
Acquaintance
January 11, 2021
Norm - his stories, laughter and energy - will be missed. John, Jackson and I were lucky to have spent time over dinners and celebrations with Norm and Michelle and witness their amazing partnership. Our hearts and thoughts are will his family.
Susan Delisle
Acquaintance
January 11, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Santo Derose
January 10, 2021
So sorry to the family for a huge loss. I am happy to have known him and proud to have worked most of my life for him and the rest of the Great Gulf family. Everybody loved Norman and smiles just show up with the mention of his name. Such a big heart and always thinking about his employees and their happiness and well being.
He will be missed. Greatly!
Mitch Avenus
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