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On the weekend I learnt that Norm Tanti had died. He was surrounded by his family in hospital, and his passing was peaceful. Norm had suffered a stroke the week before – his second over an extended period of time – and he had been hospitalised since then.

I have on many occasions referred to my belief that we build on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. If this is true, then Norm’s shoulders were very broad indeed, and his contribution to the College has been enormous.

For many years, there would not have been a building or financial project in the College that Norm was not responsible for. He was a member of the College Council in its infancy and served on the Foundation, and Finance and Legal Committee, over a long period.

Following his retirement from his corporate interests, Norm joined the College staff as Bursar and then Business Manager. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, our Headmaster of that time, Father (now Bishop) O’Kelly SJ and Norm made a formidable team, and the health of the College today owes much to these two men in our history.

Norm’s final project for the College was the Chapel of the Holy Name at Athelstone. This beautiful building provides an insight into Norm’s eye for detail and his determination to ensure that College resources were provided to the highest standards possible.

He was a large man in stature, vision, and heart, and I was fortunate to know him and work with him when I was a younger leader at the College. I will always remember his kindness, good humour, and generosity of spirit.

Norm and his wife, Anita, have six children, Paul, Megan, Michael, Simon, David, and Sarah. Most of them, at one time or another, attended the College or were, and in some cases still are, parents of the College, and the Tanti association with our community continues strongly today. His eldest son, Paul, a contemporary of mine as a student, has recently finished as a Director on the College’s inaugural Board, and prior to that he was a long-serving member of our Finance and Audit Committee. The youngest member of the family, Sarah, has worked in our Finance team for a number of years.

Norm’s life was well lived, and he was much-loved. A faith-filled man, he will on Saturday be farewelled from the chapel he built. Saint Ignatius’ College is better for his work, and he has certainly left his thumb print on us.

Deo Gloria

Mr Peter Coffey

OREMUS (Let us pray)

We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.

For those who have died:

  • Norm Tanti

“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)

If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or Mentor Teacher, or House Leader.

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