Norman Gerard Lepine
January 14, 1967-May 29, 2023
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Norman Lepine on May 29, 2023 surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends. He fought a long hard battle with cancer with so much courage, strength, positivity and was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Norman was born in Nelson, BC to Gerry and Frances Lepine and was Slocan’s Centennial Baby in 1967. In 1974, his parents purchased a farm in Nelson which would later become Chateau Village on Granite Road. Norman had fond memories of the farm and growing up in Nelson and loved to tell stories about his youth. He was active in sports but playing hockey and golfing were his favourite.
At an early age, Norman showed a natural talent for music and writing poems. He learned to play guitar and sing, and in his teen years he started a band, even playing at his high school graduation. He often looked back and laughed when he thought about how much his parents put up with band practice! After graduation, Norm attended the Selkirk College Music Program and his band Redliner was born.
Norman worked several jobs in his early years and was especially proud of his days in grocery but his biggest passion was to raise a family and doing it with what he loved most, music. In 1994 Norman and his future wife Kim became friends but it wasn’t until 1997 that they would begin to date and later marry. He took on the role as dad to Kim’s daughter Sierra and loved her as if she were his own. He spent much time on the road but after a couple of years decided he wanted more time at home with his family and Enormous Productions Sound and Lighting began.
Norman was predeceased by his father, Gerry Lepine. Survived by his wife, Kim (nee hayashi), daughter Sierra Hayashi, granddaughter and special angel Sophia, mother Frances, sisters Louise Gilchrist (Dave) and Michelle Owens, brother Allan, many nieces and nephews and so many good friends.
Norman had an eNORMous heart and personality, loved to laugh and made friends everywhere he went. He was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, Grampy, and friend to all whose lives he touched. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Norman had a wonderful life full of love. We will miss you and will keep you in our hearts forever. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Our family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Kootenay Lake Hospital and Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with special thanks to Dr. Boyd, Dr. Thibideau, Kelly and the chemo Nurses at KLH and Dr.Cihal and team at KBRH. Also, many thanks to our family, friends, neighbours and so many others who helped us on our journey with cancer.