Norman Janicki Jr.

Posted On April 10th, 2011 -

A celebration of Life will be held in honor of Mr. Norman Kamau Janicki, Jr.,60, on April 12 at the Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe. He died peacefully on March 10th, 2011 at Kaiser Hospital.

He embraced and pursued his varied interest with determination and steadfastness. He was a man of integrity and purpose. Never one to back down from a challenge, he was a formidable participant in the chess game of life. This ability and his attention to detail, allowed him to serve as a lobbyist for the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 368 and to eventually serve as the first Executive Director of the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET).

That same kind of determination was also evident in his love of sports, initially beginning as a coach to his younger siblings. Upon his return from Army service, he eventually found his niche coaching basketball at his alma mater, Kamehameha School. He coached in both girls and boys basketball programs. He also supported the University of Hawaii Athletics program as a member of the Na Koa Football Program and the Ahahui Koa Anuenue program.

He loved to travel and made the most of each trip. He was able to create many warm memories for his family based upon his expert planning and research of the area, to make sure everyone could learn from the experience. He liked to follow the UH teams on mainland trips but had to stop after he first fell ill. Not to be daunted, he bought a very large-screen TV so he could continue to be a part of the athletic scene. He patiently taught his wife the intricacies’ of football and basketball so she too, could enjoy the game.

He leaves behind a loving wife, Charlene and three children, Summer (Joseph) Vrona, Sarah and John Sims, one granddaughter, Gia , a sister, Mrs. Vanessa (Pi’ilani) Akana (Alika), brothers, Mr. Randy Janicki, Mr. Rodney (Kalani) (Joelyn) Janicki, and Mr. Castle (La’a) (Elizabeth) Janicki, beloved nephews and nieces, mother, Mrs. Arlene Janicki and the late Mr. Norman K. Janicki, Sr. and “coach” to countless students who knew and begrudgingly respected him.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. with service at 10:30 am. Aloha Attire.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran