At the request of the Kwong family, the Government of Alberta has been asked to release the following statement:
“Norman Lim Kwong, (a.k.a. the China Clipper) has carried the ball over the goal line one last time as he passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.
“Our father was a great man who accomplished so much in his lifetime. A genuine family man, he also had tremendous success as a professional athlete, team owner, business executive and government official. Throughout his varied life he touched so many people with his humility, intellect, dignity, unforgettable wit and sense of humour. His unique ability to connect at multiple levels with all types of people is something few people possess.
“We will all miss him dearly, but will rely on the countless beautiful memories we have of him as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle. While it is incredibly difficult to say goodbye, we are comforted in knowing that he had a most blessed and fulfilled life and that our love for, and memory of, him will remain with us forever.
“The family wishes to thank all, in advance, for wishes of sympathy and condolence but requests privacy at this time until further notice.”
There will be a private funeral service followed by a public state memorial in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Details will follow later.
Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell issues statement on the passing of the Honourable Norman Kwong
“Former Lt.-Gov. Norman Kwong will long be remembered for the quiet strength, innate kindness and sense of humour that he brought to his duties as Alberta’s vice-regal representative and to his lifetime of sterling service and leadership.
“I join with all Albertans in extending deepest condolences to Norman Kwong’s family.
“We have lost an exceptional leader and role model.”
Speaker Robert Wanner issues statement after death of Norman Kwong
“One of Alberta’s great native sons – in both birth and spirit – has died.
“The impression left on Alberta society by Norman ‘Normie’ Lim Kwong is nothing less than significant.
“Former Lt.-Gov. Kwong represented the absolute best of Alberta, whether it be in sports, business or being the Queen’s representative in Alberta.
“His contributions to this province and especially his public service stand as an inspiration to Albertans.
“On behalf of the members of the Legislative Assembly, Speaker Wanner extends his deepest condolences to Mary Kwong as well as to Lt-Gov. Kwong’s four sons.”