April 2, 1954 - September 30, 2021
Norman Glenn Isaac Heppner was a caring father, brother, grandfather, and friend to many. He left this world quietly on September 30, 2021 at the age of 67, surrounded by his loving family.
Dad was born to Isaac and Tena Heppner on April 2, 1954 in Murrayville, BC, the sixth of eight children. While he was still very young, they moved to the Waldheim area and lived on a farm east of town where he started driving a farm truck for his father at the tender age of 7. After graduation, dad got his Class 1 license by driving the instructor around in his beloved Mustang and then got a job driving a gravel truck for Harry Loewen. In November of 1978, with his second child on the way, dad got hired on at Kindersley Transport to do pick-ups and deliveries in Saskatoon. He stayed within the Siemens Transportation Group for many years, going from city work to long haul, until he finally decided that he liked the idea of sleeping in his own bed and seeing more of his family, at which point he applied to work for the City of Saskatoon Transit department driving a bus.
Dad was always a talkative guy and going anywhere with him was a trial because he knew so many people, a simple trip to the mall would take hours because he would have to have a conversation and a catch up with every person he recognized from work. Driving a bus continued that trend. He would often tell stories about the riders on the bus, other drivers, or things he had seen along one of his routes. People often asked him, “Norm, why are you working so hard?” and his reply would be, “I'm doing it for my kids.” He loved his children and grandchildren above all else, and he was often the backbone of our family, teaching us a good work ethic, showing us how to be honest and upstanding people, and how to be satisfied with what we had while still striving to better ourselves.
Dad loved a good spy novel, an action movie, travelling, doing renovations on his houses, watching sports live or on tv, and he never missed a car show so he could look at the muscle cars he loved so much. He would also spend time with his family doing family events, or just having a coffee and a conversation on a quiet afternoon. He liked to talk politics and religion with anyone who was willing, often getting quite animated about it, but he could also sit and watch a comedy special and laugh until his eyes nearly disappeared into his laugh lines, which were so deep.
Dad enjoyed life, and we will miss him every day.