Norman Lee Tope Jr.
October 16, 1947 – October 2, 2019
Norman Lee Tope Jr., “Norm”, age 71, of Rochester Hills, Michigan passed away Wednesday October 2nd, 2019. Norm was born in Goodrich, Michigan on October 16, 1947. He graduated from Utica High School in 1966. Norm served in Vietnam for the US Army from 1967 to 1969 and was honorably discharged in 1973. Norm married Katherine Ferguson on April 30 1995. Many knew Norm as the cheerful UPS driver in the Rochester area for many years. Norm loved his family and the fellowship of his church, Meadowbrook Christian. He also liked Spartan football and everything outdoors in his earlier years. Norm is survived by his loving wife Katherine Tope; son Trevor (Lisa) Tope of Roscommon; grandchildren, Tyler (Samantha) Tope and Taylor (Dakota) Obrzut; great-grandchildren Audrey and Evelyn; and his siblings Ron (Kim) Pauloski, Pamela Jewell. Norm was predeceased by his mother Marjorie Pauloski (Shipman) and step-father Calvin Pauloski; and brother Mark Pauloski. Norm’s family will receive all for a visitation on Saturday October 5th, 2019 from 10am until the time of funeral service at 11am at Meadowbrook Christian Church, located at 2741 Walton Blvd in Rochester Hills. Memorial contributions may be made in Norm’s honor to the Meadowbrook Christian Church, or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be provided at the church.
- Katherine (Ferguson) Tope, Wife
- Trevor (Lisa) Tope, Son
- Tyler (Samantha) Tope, Grandson
- Taylor (Dakota) Obrzut, Granddaughter
- Audrey and Evelyn, Great-Grandchildren
- Marjorie (Shipman) Pauloski, Mother (deceased)
- Calvin Pauloski, Step-Father (deceased)
- Ron (Kim) Pauloski, Brother
- Pamela Jewell, Sister
- Mark Pauloski, Brother (deceased)
- Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, October 5, 2019
Norman Lee Tope Jr.
October 8, 2019
My heart is broken to know that I won't be seeing Norman in the GRHV bowling alley with his buddies Dan, Steve, Marge and Ron again. Norman and I shared stories every week, I brought him apples which he always appreciated, and at the end of our weekly sessions he always wished me a good week and thanked me for helping him and the others. I missed his 300 game, but was there for many 200+ games that Norman bowled. I've been a blowing vonunteer since 2002 and Norman was one of my dearest friends, and now sadly, another one I will miss terribly. I'm glad that I got to know him, and will always treasure our times together.
October 5, 2019
I got to know Norm while we were both a part of a study to improve the overall care for our veterans at GRHV. Norm was one of the representatives for the members who helped guide and better clue in the state and various agencies on issues or potential issues. With his assistance, as a group, we were able to collect data which eventually lead to changes in processes to make the care more efficient and bring it to a higher quality. I knew Norm to be outspoken, firm yet always fair. I really grew to value his opinion and point of view because he was definitely a voice for many. Mr. Tope was a good guy. Though I will always the short conversations we had, I will never forget him.
October 4, 2019
I work at the Veterans home and was blessed to get to know Norm over the past three years. Norm and I shared a love for sports and we both had worked at UPS, which made for great conversations and reminiscing. He was incredibly thoughtful and caring, he would always ask how my son was doing and encouraged me to convert my son from soccer to have him practice kicking footballs so he could play for MSU, to which I would reply “Not if I can help that, Maize and Blue all the way Norm!”
I recently purchased my first motorcycle, a Triumph. Norm would sometimes sit outside in the afternoon in front of GRHV so I could drive up to him to hear my bike. He would always tell me “Have a great night Natalie Noodles; be safe!”
A few of his favorite things at GRHV were bingo, casino and fish fry trips, bible study, therapy and Rodney’s fresh popped popcorn.
I will miss delivering the Grand Rapids sports section to him every morning, talking about last nights game and transporting him throughout the facility while he would pretend he’s a nascar driver and make engine sound effects (I would always joke with him and say “sounds like you could use an oil change!” and he’d crack up). I will especially miss hearing him laugh and seeing his smile when I’d give him a hard time about being a Spartan fan (Go Blue!!).
God bless you Norm! So blessed to have known you. You are missed dearly!