Norman McCollum

Norman E. McCollum

Monday, February 7th, 1944 - Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
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McCollum, Norman E.

Passed away in Guelph on July 9, 2019 in his 76th year. Survived by his siblings Margaret MacMillan (David), Sam McCollum (Jeannine), and Joe McCollum (Tish). Cherished uncle of Kim Carmichael (Chris), Kristin Rousselle (Jared), Jackie Wheal (Eric), Cliff, Leah, Glen, Jared, Robb, Brett, and Andrew, and numerous great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Robert Donald McCollum (1998) and Mildred McCollum (2007), and his sister Donna McCollum (1995).

Norman was a longterm employee of the University of Guelph at the Turfgrass Institute.
He received his diploma from Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture 1969, and was a long term employee (37 years) of University of Guelph involved with diploma course and Turfgrass Institute. He was the past president of Ontario Agricultural College Alumni Association, and honorary life time member of Ontario Golf Course Superintendents’ Association.

Friends will be received at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St, on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 2-4, and 7-9pm, and on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 10-12 p.m., with a funeral service in the funeral home chapel at 12 p.m. Reception to follow. Private interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Norman McCollum Dairy Scholarship (OAC), Norman E McCollum Turfgrass Diploma Entrance Scholarship (OAC), or the Alumni Foundation of Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture. Donation cards are available at the funeral home (519-821-5077), or online at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Gilbert MacIntyre and Son, Hart Chapel
    Address Not Available
  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Gilbert MacIntyre and Son, Hart Chapel
    Address Not Available
  • Third Visitation

    Monday, July 15th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, July 15th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 15th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Monday, July 15th, 2019 12:00pm
    Hart Chapel
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Rev. Canon Jean Mitchell and The Rev. Gordon Walls
  • Reception

    Monday, July 15th, 2019 |
    Monday, July 15th, 2019
    Hart Fellowship Lounge
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Evelyn Pyke

Posted at 06:43pm
From Evelyn Pyke, Kitchener: I just found out about Norm's passing and am greatly saddened. I met Norm as a former employee of Horticultural Science in 1984 and remained friends with him through the years. I hadn't seen him for a while but always made sure I called him at least once a year or would run into him somewhere at the Mall. Norm always called me Evie and a funny story comes to mind - he drove me to the hospital (ER) in Cambridge many years ago. After I was in an exam room for some time, the nurse asked Norm if he wished to go in and see his wife (me)........I heard Norm from the waiting room, "that's not my wife that's Evie" and then a loud laugh. Every time Norm and I ran into one and another, he always brought up that story and we had a good laugh. R.I.P my will be missed.

Holly And Jim Hogg

Posted at 11:35am
Our hearts are sad with the news of Norms passing. He was our neighbor for 29 years he will be missed. Memories of Norm in the gardens he planted always loved to give little tours of his gardens and delighted at those who took the time to show their love of the flowers and trees.
Norm called my husband and I the kids he was someone who loved the beauty of things that grew. Remembering his birds to.

He talked of his cottage and gardening there to. He often had the back of his truck loaded with new pants and trees explaining where they would be panted. We Jim and I (Holly) also share a love of gardening so often stopped to compair notes and new additions to each of our gardens.

We will miss the Man who loved his coffee often arriving with a large cup of Tim Hortons coffee. He even stopped early in the morning outside our store Zellers home after the nightshift as we were leaving letting us us know he was taking us home we did not have a car at the time

Thanking Norm for the care and time spent giving us his gardens. Thanking Norm for being who he was he came to visit one day to see the cross stitch I mentioned I was doing and left me a little angel as the cross stitch is mostly angels and fairies

Looking at his truck still not understanding he is gone. Hoping he can still find a garden some where he is remembering him Norm has left memories still here.
Jim And Holly Hogg

Bev Hill

Posted at 07:50am
Class OAC 66A. University of Guelph
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Lammbertus de Boer

Posted at 04:01pm
Taken aback to hear of Norman McCollum's passing. Whole bunch of years, if not decades since I last spoke with Norman, likely during my early days in Montreal in the 70's. Always remember the earthy charm, great friendliness and helpful nature! It was always a stop on Highway 57 from Welland on the way to Wellandport.

RIP Norman!

Bert and Sheila de Boer @ Barcelona

Brian Burdick

Posted at 07:07am
I will never forget Norm, nor his many words of wisdom.....his first direction to our class back in 1983.....Don't let your bookwork interfere with your education! I will raise a glass to you later today norm! Cheers, and thanks for many memories. My condolences to the family. Brian Burdick OAC 85A

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