Norman "Norm" Christie

July 8th, 1939 - October 23rd, 2018

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          Norm Christie passed away on October 23rd, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer where he displayed an amazingly positive attitude throughout the ordeal. Norman Lee Christie was born on July 8, 1939 in Tarentum PA., the son of the late Richard and Sof Christie.

          He moved to North East, PA as a child and then to Lawrence Park. He graduated from Lawrence Park High School, and then headed to NYC for school, until he was drafted. He served in the United States Army and was probably one of the few servicemen who enjoyed being stationed in Fort Wainwright Alaska, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing in the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’.

          After his service, he returned to Erie where he resided his whole life. He was the definition of a ‘people person’, and befriended anyone, from CEO’s to vagrants. He loved his friends and was incredibly loyal, and they loved him. He was known and welcomed everywhere he went, and if you weren’t a friend, you soon would be. He loved sales and never wanted to retire, so he didn’t, working until the end. He enjoyed a long and storied career with Engis Corp, based in Wheeling Illinois, where he presided over 7 states as a regional sales manager and enjoyed the products and people he dealt with. His other great passions were hunting and fishing. He loved his camp in Tidioute and never missed an opening day there for over 50 years, hiking the reservoir valley in search of game. He was the Captain of the Queen Mary, his personal fishing boat where he was always ready to take anyone who wanted to go out for perch or walleye fishing. He was a member of Abiding Hope Lutheran Church and was an active volunteer with the Kearsarge Food Bank.

          He hunted all over Northwestern Pennsylvania and the world. Traveling from Alaska to Africa to Argentina, Texas to Colorado, he made the most of his time afield. To this day, his son remembers him as the best shot he has ever seen. He was proud of introducing so many into the outdoors, his kids, grandkids, nephews (Kev and Bri) and friends.

          He also enjoyed history, especially WWII, cooking (the spicier the better), good books, drawing,  his dogs, shooting sports, Trivial Pursuit and 1968 Dodge Chargers. He was generous to all, although he would feign outrage, even as he spoiled his grandkids with everything from popsicles to firearms. He was a member of the Erepa Grotto Pipe and Drum band, and Past Master of Perry Lodge.

          His great true love however was his family. His amazing wife Mary, who he doted on and loved, kept him young and out of trouble, and was his Queen. Her love of him and the children helped mold him into the kind of grandfather that the grandkids worshipped, and the kids wondered where he was 30 years ago. She was always by his side, supporting him in all he did. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years,Mary (Marino) Christie, his five children, Kirsten (Michael) Hertner, Eric (Michelle) Christie, Carla (fiancee’ Sanimir) Arnold, Kimberly (Michael) Peters and Jason Heitzenrater, and 8 grandchildren, Garrett, Easton, Caden, Ben, Lana and Ava, Taylor and Emily.  As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Sylvia.

          Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd. on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with a brief Masonic Service from 7 to 7:10 p.m. Further visitation will take place on Saturday at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, 2402 W. Grandview Blvd. from 10 a.m. until of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at Laurel Hill Cemetery.