Norman James Glowacki
July 31, 1950 – March 20, 2021
Norm Glowacki passed away on March 20, 2021 the first day of Spring after a 4 year battle with Lung Cancer he was 70 years old. My Dad’s Obituary My dad never wanted an ordinary life, he was an adventurer, the kind of man that wouldn’t let fear stop him from experiencing excitement. Norm lived on a homemade raft on the Colorado River for a summer, made skateboards from his mother’s bread board and his sister’s roller skate wheels and even added a sheet for a sail so he could go faster downhill. He surfed in the first West Coast Surfing Championship, winning his age group. He served in the Army in Vietnam, driving explosive ordinance trucks through the DMZ and experiencing firefights. My dad was a hunter and fisherman and hang-glider, down-hill skier, kayaker and golfer, even scoring a “ hole in one” on the nine hole course. He was a master craftsman who could build giant signs, custom homes and wood wagons for his grandchildren. My dad could strike up a conversation with anyone, tell true stories and tall tales and hold someone’s attention for hours. My dad taught me many things, that I will pass on to his two grandchildren, Jude and Scarlett, like how to be generous, how to be a friend, how to live with and respect nature, how to have both a creative side and how to work hard. My dad’s greatest gift to me was the pride he bestowed on me, on my wife Becky and on our children. Norm is leaving behind his wife of 46 years, his son, daughter-in-law, grandson, granddaughter, 8 younger siblings, 11 in-laws and 29 nieces and nephews. He will be truly missed by me, his friends and family. – Miles Glowacki A good-bye to my husband I met Norm right before he joined the Army in 1969. We both grew up in Southern California and he was my Surfer Boy with long blond hair and turquoise beads. We married after he returned from Vietnam and have been best friends and soulmates for over 52 years. He loved the sense of adventure and we drove Highway 1 all the way to Canada and back for our honeymoon. We backpacked in Hawaii and camped out all over Colorado. He loved Estes Park where we’ve lived for 35 years. He enjoyed being able to look out our bedroom window and see Long’s Peak and Twin Sisters and determine what kind of day it was going to be, to see if he could ride his Harley. He would easily put 50 miles on his motorcycle without leaving Estes Valley. He loved life and played hard and cared for his many friends, he would help anyone that asked. He had fun at impromptu barbeques, golf tournaments, and the famous boys “gone camping” trips. I always felt safe and protected and loved when I was with Norm. I will miss him and think of him every day for the rest of my life. -His loving wife Becky Norm didn’t want flowers or donations but asked if you or someone you love smokes cigarettes to try to quit so you won’t have to go through what he did. And if you work in the trades to protect your lungs by wearing a mask. When we can get together again we will have a celebration of life for Norm and lift a shot and a beer and say “Norm” as loud as we can just like in the TV show Cheers. We will spread his ashes in his favorite places. If you would like to share your stories or thoughts on Norm at www.allnuttestespark.com please do.
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Norman James Glowacki
March 26, 2021
We have a Norm Glowacki Memorial Birdhouse mounted on the East wall of our garage where it greets each new day and provides protection and shelter for the birds. We think of Norm every day we see it, and we see it every day. He is, and will continue to be, missed.
Joyce & Tony
March 26, 2021
OUCH!!!! Damn it, Norm. Think I saw a bald eagle that day.
Was that you?
Hey Becky, soo sorry to hear this.It hurts ........
I had known Norm for years before we worked together at the
Wapit Bar and Grill in the nineties. After that he always called me
"Mike Olson cub bartender" after Jimmy Olsen cub reporter from
the Superman comicbooks. Whenever I called him at home he
would always tell you "Its one of my girlfriends." Did he do that
with everyone? Lord we're going to miss him.......
If I can help in any way, please let me know.
Looking forward to the day we can celebrate his life and love as one.
Best hopes and wishes for you and yours
Michael Olson (cub bartender)
March 25, 2021
It's been quite a few years since I've seen Norm but I'll always remember his smiling face, his big, generous heart and that devilish teasing quality he had that let you know you were a friend. He was a major fixtur in a group of friends that welcomed me many years ago when I was new to town and knew nobody. So many of those friends are gone now and I can only hope that those who left us earlier were there to meet Norm for the next adventure of his life. What great times and friendships we had... Estes will never be the same... Love and blessings to you Becky and Glowacki family.
March 25, 2021
Memories of Norm
Becky called saying Estes was being evacuated. She was in stand-still traffic. She said Norm was in his truck in front of her. He had the dogs with him. (Makes me think now about how happy those puppies made him. How he bragged! Gosh, I love that man. Sure will miss him.) Just five months ago. Hard to believe.
Memories. Always having a big smile and hug for me when I come dragging into town after that long drive across the plains. Always. Every time. And then (if Becky wasn't there) immediately telling me that I just missed Becky OR that Becky would be down soon OR that I should call Becky. Always. Every time. (Becky, there wasn't anybody who didn't know he adored you.)
There is one memory I don't have. That is careening through the mountains at 110+ mph. Though Norm threatened me with it many times!
I think about the get-togethers at Norm and Becky's, big and small. I think about how giving they have been. I think about what Becky said he wanted us to know. Thank you for everything, Norm. We love you, too.
March 25, 2021
Norm was my friend! He helped me (even tho it was a total hassle for him, and he didn’t feel good) when no one else would! He gave me one of his handmade birdhouses which have raised a bird family every summer since he gave it to me. He always put a smile on my face. Thank You Norm, Thank you for always being a friendly face in the crowd! You will be So Missed! Love you Norm❣️