Eric Norenberg: gone too soon


North Grenville is mourning the death of Eric Norenberg, who died on December 2 at the early age of 55. During the final two weeks of his life, he was in the Ottawa General Hospital where he was extended considerate care by all the staff, to whom the family wishes to express their sincere appreciation. Additionally, they would like to gratefully acknowledge the doctors and nurses at both the Chemotherapy Clinic of the Winchester Hospital and the Ottawa Cancer Centre.

Eric was the beloved husband of Julie (nee Wittke) and loving father of Lauren and Ryan. He was the dear brother to Margret (Sasha) and uncle to Luke and Markus. Predeceased by his parents Christa and Karl Norenberg, he is survived by his parents-in-law, Geraldine and Paul Wittke, brother-in-law David (Lana), niece Christine, and close friend, Gerry McGillvray, who was like a brother to him. He will be fondly remembered by aunts, uncles and cousins in Canada, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland.

He will be deeply missed by many friends, acquaintances, and the staff of Kemptville Building Centre Ltd. (KBC-BMR) whom he considered part of his extended family. After his parents passed, Eric took charge of KBC which continued to flourish under his leadership.

Eric was born and raised in Kemptville and was proud to call this community his home. He was actively involved in the North Grenville community giving his time and energy to many worthy causes, most notably the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation, the North Grenville Library and Kemptville Youth Centre, among others.

Perhaps the community will remember Eric especially for his family’s role in building the North Grenville Public Library, named the Norenberg Building in recognition of the $150,000 they donated to the Library Building Fund. The Norenberg Building was officially opened on May 28, 2011, and was the highlight of that year’s Dandelion Festival. 

Eric enjoyed spending time with his family and friends boating, snowmobiling, and travelling. His great love for animals was evident and he could always be found with pets by his side. He loved to get away to the family cottage where he appreciated the tranquility of nature. His great sense of humour was always present.

In Memoriam, donations may be made to the Kemptville District Hospital, or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Condolences/Tributes/Donations can be directed through Hulse, Playfair & McGarry.



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