Normie Kwong has been remembered as “one of a kind” who made Calgary, Alberta and Canada better.
A public state funeral was held for the football legend and former Lieutenant Governor, who passed away on September 3rd at the age of 86.
Kwong’s son Randy says his dad was unassuming, and was kind to everyone.
“My dad used to respond with the word “wonderful,”” Kwong told the crowd. “My wife would bring a cup of tea and he would say “wonderful.” My kids would bring over baking and he would say “wonderful.” We’d say “dad, we’re bring over dinner” and he’d say “wonderful.””
“Well Dad, you’re wonderful.”
Kwong played for both the Stampeders and Eskimos, later serving as part of the ownership group of the Flames and was also a successful businessman.
Later, Kwong became a successful businessman who maintained an interest in sports. He was part of the original ownership group that move the NHL Flames to Calgary from Atlanta in 1980.
Jim Peplinski also spoke about some of the funnier episodes with Kwong, including about how they shared the same birthday, and how the Flames owners used to come into the dressing room after games.
“For some reason, I’d always saddle up beside him and he’d always say something like “look at that Hakan Loob, look at that Joey Mullen, look at that BJ Seaman. Those guys are so short I could eat apples off their head,” Peplinski laughed.
He was also president and general manager of the Calgary Stampeders in the late 1980s.
“Normie, God bless him, was always a good man,” former coach and GM Wally Buono said, getting emotional talking about how close they were. “I can remember when he hired me how he made me feel so proud that he would have that confidence in me.”
Kwong served as the viceregal representative in Alberta from 2005–10.
Kwong died at his Calgary home September 3rd.
Premier Rachel Notley and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper also delivered speeches at Tuesday’s service.