Norman Joseph St. Louis
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Norman Joseph St. Louis on Wed., Jan. 9, 2013, from complications due to CHF and COPD.
He was a former Brother of the Missionary Order of Mary Immaculate (OMI), retired high school teacher North Dundas District High School (23 years), Teaching Alumni St. Patrick’s College (1960 to 1966), retired Choirmaster Holy Cross and Resurrection of Our Lord Parishes, gifted arranger and composer of liturgical music.
Born on July 5, 1926, to Irene and Maurice St. Louis in Tecumseh, Ont., Norman faced many medical challenges in his early life. It was during this time, that he became interested in music, upon the encouragement of his mother.
He developed a talent for playing the trumpet and worked hard at his craft. His musical associations included the Windsor Marching Band, and playing with jazz bands in a variety of Detroit area jazz clubs, too numerous to mention, but home to many jazz greats. In 1950, he felt drawn to serve God and joined the Oblate Brothers of the Missionary Order of Mary Immaculate, which took him to Arnprior. Following this he taught at St. Patrick’s College and became choir director at St. Joseph Parish in Ottawa. In 1966, he left the Oblates, but remained active in liturgical music. It was soon after that he met Joan Calcutt, the love of his life. They married on Dec. 27, 1966, and had two children.
Norman then joined the staff of North Dundas District High School in the late sixties as the department head of music. He enjoyed an illustrious career as a dedicated music teacher, taking his students on band trips across Canada and the U.S., even producing and recording several albums. It was also during this time Norman pursued studies for his teaching and music degrees with studies at the University of Toronto, Carleton University, and the Manhanttanville School of Music in New York City.
Although Norman loved music and teaching, he was first and foremost, a dedicated family man. He also loved working on his garden, following the Detroit Tigers, hosting a BBQ, and enjoying a good shot of scotch.
He is predeceased by his siblings, Reginald, Douglas. and Jacqueline. He will be sorely missed by his daughter, Catherine, and Paul – his son, best friend, and baseball aficionado. His pride and joy were his grandchildren: Meagan Catherine, Zachary Allan, and Joshua Christopher. Also left to mourn is Norman’s sister-in-law Donna Calcutt (Andrew) of Ottawa, brother-in-law Thomas Lebeouf of Michigan, and sister-in-law Mary St. Louis of Windsor. He was a beloved uncle and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Friends paid their respects at Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel, in Ottawa (613-731-1255) on Mon., Jan. 14 from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held on Tues., Jan. 15 at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, in Ottawa for Mass of Christian burial at 11 am followed by interment at Hope Cemetery.
Donations to the Ottawa Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) can be made in Norman’s memory.
Many thanks to all that supported us during this difficult period – especially the palliative care service of Ottawa including Dr. William Splinter, and Dr. Louise Coulombe, and all the nurses who provided Norman with such wonderful care. Another special thank you to Bernadette from We Care Agency, Alice Camhlit, and special family friend Josée Tynan, without whom Norman’s wish of remaining in his home may not have been possible