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NORMAN SNIDER Story teller, writer, author, screenwriter, journalist, professor Born in Toronto, November 14, 1945; Died January 4, 2019. Norman was a leading Canadian journalist and cultural commentator who wrote on literature, politics, crime, sports and jazz, appearing regularly in Toronto Life, Saturday Night, Maclean's, and The Globe and Mail where he was a weekly columnist in the 1980's. He was the author of The Changing of the Guard, a work of political journalism as well as coauthoring Smokescreen, a best selling true crime book. But his greatest passion as a writer was his extensive work for movies and television, winning a Genie award for co-writing, with David Cronenberg,the movie Dead Ringers. Norman was a man of dark humour, with a disabused, ironic, and deeply insightful view of the world, and all its woeful events and lamentable personalities. He believed that if the writer couldn't change the nature of his time, he could yet choose the part he would play in it. Norman chose to preserve clear sight. He leaves his wife of 48 years, Frances-Mary (FM) Morrison; son James (Jessica); adored grandchildren Keira and Lily Claire; and brothers Leslie and Alvin (Jacqueline). Life won't be the same for Norman's friends without hearing his talk about books, jazz, and the Leafs. A celebration of life will be held later this year to coincide with the posthumous publication of some of Norman's last writing.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13, 2019.
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January 12, 2019
Dear FM: Jack and I were thoroughly shocked and saddened to hear of our loss of Norman. It's a measure of how we have gone our separate ways over the years that we did not know he was ill. But in our early professional days we were thick as thieves. We all admired Norman, especially Jack, who had the pleasure of being his editor at The Globe. Then life intervened, and kids and all the rest that makes one lose touch with people who really did matter.
Our hearts go out to you and James for your loss.
Jack & Eve Kapica & Drobot
January 10, 2019
Norm was a sincere and profoundly intelligent, creative man. He never sugar coated or censored his opinion, and his praise was always genuine and heart felt although infrequent. When Norman praised you, however, it almost felt like an honour, coming from such a principled and wise man. My condolences to the Sniders. Miss you, Norm!
Elizabeth Attard
January 9, 2019
My condolences to the familly.
Marthe Lemieux
January 9, 2019
So sorry to learn of Norm's passing. He was a bright classmate in high school and played the bass well. I remember his aversion to math. Much sympathy to his family

Bob Pritzker
January 9, 2019
gary smith
January 9, 2019
Im shocked beyond belief. Feel so sad. What a tragedy.
Joy Fielding
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