Norbert Lork passed away peacefully on August 26th in his 80th year. He will be greatly missed by his children, grandchild, and beloved wife, Emily, with whom he was lucky enough to celebrate over 50 years of marriage, as well as by his many long-time friends and neighbours.
He was born in Germany, but lived his life as a true Canadian – not just in his fondness for canoeing and camping, but in his determination to never let a little thing like weather get in his way. An avid four-season tennis player, he thought nothing of shovelling snow off the tennis court so they could get on with playing in the depths of the Canadian winter.
An architectural draftsman and tenant co-ordinator by profession, he worked on the construction of both the TD Towers and Commerce Court in Toronto. He was known for his excellent workmanship on home projects as well. His TV stand was so sturdily built that it needed to be sawed apart to be removed, and the hardwood floor he installed in his son’s house was so well done it impressed the professionals who came in to stain it.
He was a man who pursued excellence in everything he did, both professionally and in his hobbies. He read bridge books to learn strategy and took copious notes on ballroom dance steps to be the best he could be at anything he tried.
His active and engaged pursuit of life right up until his final days – be it sports, hobbies, travel, or just taking a walk in the neighbourhood with his wife to find a new restaurant to try for dinner - will be remembered by all who loved him as an inspirational example of the best way to live life to its fullest.
Family will be receiving guests at the York Cemetery and Funeral Centre (160 Beecroft Rd., Toronto), on Tuesday, August 31st, visitation from 1-2 p.m. with service from 2-3 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are capacity limits inside the hall. There may not be space to accommodate everyone at the service, and the family asks for your understanding.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army or any charity of your choice.
Info: Due to Covid prevention procedures, we ask everyone to wear a mask in attendance, to please not attend if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms or have traveled outside of the country in the past two weeks and finally to keep a safe distance during your stay at York Funeral Centre. Thank you for your cooperation.