Norman Thomas Shopay
December 13, 1950 – November 10, 2012
Norman Thomas Shopay, 61, of Benicia, CA passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 10th. He was born in New Britain, CT, grew up in Bristol, CT and graduated from Bristol Eastern High School in 1968. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War from 1968-1972. Following his discharge, he graduated from Southampton College of Long Island University with a B.S. degree in Marine Science and Geology. He later attended graduate school at Texas A&M studying Geology and Environmental Studies.
Norman worked for the State of California, Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hydrogeologist and grant writer for several years. In 1992, Norman and his wife Nancy formed their own environmental consulting firm, Envirometrix Corporation. In 2010, Norman became the General Manager for the McKinleyville Community Services District in Humboldt County.
Norman was President of the McKinleyville Rotary Club; he was an avid fisherman and golfer, a good cook and a collector of fine wine. He was a certified boat captain and had a private pilot’s license. Norman enjoyed travelling and spending time with good friends.
Norman is survived by Nancy, his wife of 40 years and his two dogs Jake & Linzi.
A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 19th at St. Dominic’s Church, 475 East I Street, Benicia, CA.Donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society’s Vallejo Relay for Life. Arrangements are under the direction of Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, Benicia. Please visit the online tribute at www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com.
Monthly Archives: November 2012
By Jack Durham
Norman Shopay, the manager of the McKinleyville Community Services District, died Saturday, Nov. 10, of an apparent heart attack. He was 61.
Shopay worked for the district for three years and was well-liked by staff and community members. Just three days before he died, Shopay was highly praised by the MCSD Board of Directors, which lauded Shopay for his contributions to the district and voted to give him a salary increase.
“Norman has done an outstanding job,” Board President Dennis Mayo said at the Nov. 7 meeting.
“Not only will he be missed as the leader of MCSD and as a good friend but also in the community with his efforts in Rotary and on the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee”, said MCSD Director Helen Edwards.
“I have worked for MCSD for 23 years, for three different General Managers but Norman brought a perspective to the position I had never experienced and he taught me many things that will forever influence me. On a personal note, Norman was a very unique, caring and gentle man and I will miss our conversations and his sense of humor”, said Greg Orsini, Operations Director for MCSD.
Before he was hired by the MCSD in 2009, Shopay lived in Benicia and worked for the state Department of Water Resources. He had more than 20 years of environmental and water experience.
Shopay is survived by his wife Nancy.
The MCSD Board of Directors scheduled a special meeting for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 to discuss the situation.
Below is the agenda for the meeting:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE
MCKINLEYVILLE COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WILL BE HELD AT:
McKinleyville Business Office
1656 Sutter Rd.
Tuesday November 13, 2012
CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ADDITIONS TO AGENDA
Items may be added to the Agenda in accordance with Section 54954.2(b)(2) of the Government Code (Brown Act), upon a determination by two-thirds vote of the members of the legislative body present at the time of the meeting, or, if less than two-thirds of the members are present, a unanimous vote of those members present, that there is a need to take immediate action and that the need for action came to the attention of the McKinleyville Community Services District after the Agenda was posted.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA
C. PUBLIC HEARINGS
These are items of a Quasi-Judicial or Legislative nature. Public comments relevant to these proceedings are invited.
NO PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED
D. CONSENT CALENDAR
Consent Calendar items are expected to be routine and non-controversial, to be acted upon by the Board of Directors at one time without discussion. If any Board member, staff member, or interested person requests that an item be removed from the Consent Calendar, it shall be removed so that it may be acted upon separately.
NO CONSENT CALENDAR SCHEDULED
E. NEW BUSINESS
E.1 Direct staff to draft and publish a formal public announcement regarding the untimely passing of Norman Shopay and statement of MCSD appreciation.
E.2 Appoint Greg Orsini (or alternative) Interim General Manager
Field candidate nominations from Board for Interim General Manager Appointment
Appoint Interim General Manager
E.3 Direct Staff to prepare a list of ongoing District projects for presentation to the Board for prioritization at a subsequently noticed special meeting of the Board
E.4 Discuss and set schedule for a memorial in honor of Norman Shopay
E.5 Discuss and set schedule for subsequent Special Meeting(s) of the MCSD Board of Directors
No specific action is required on these items, but the Board may discuss any particular item as required.
NO REPORTS SCHEDULED
G. PUBLIC COMMENT AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS
Any person may address the Board at this time upon any subject not identified on this Agenda but within the jurisdiction of the McKinleyville Community Services District; however, any matter that requires action will be referred to staff for a report of action at a subsequent Committee or Board meeting. As to matters on the Agenda, an opportunity will be given to address the Board when the matter is considered. Comments are limited to 3 minutes. Letters should be used for complex issues.
H. CLOSED SESSION DISCUSSION
At any time during the regular session, the Board may adjourn to closed session to consider existing or anticipated litigation, liability claims, real property negotiations, license and permit determinations, threats to security, public employee appointments, personnel matters, evaluations and discipline, labor negotiations, or to discuss with legal counsel matters within the attorney-client privilege.
Posted 10:00A.M. Monday November 12, 2012