On December 28th (coincidentally my late Dad’s birthday), I lost a friend and the world lost a good man. Nordy Rockler, a man I met more than 22 years ago when I joined the company he founded — Rockler Woodworking and Hardware — passed away at 98.
Nordy was a gentle soul, a man of integrity who had a kind word for those who crossed his path, even a dorky associate editor fresh on the job. He and I could talk woodworking, politics, North Minneapolis and fishing…agreeing and disagreeing, all with good will. His vision and work ethic built a company that I am proud to be a part of.
As John Donne stated so well, none of us are an island, and the loss of a good man diminishes us all. Even so, Nordy left a good and substantial legacy that will continue to build us all up for a long time to come.
I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family, especially Ann, LiLi and AJ — hoping that soon their memories of Nordy during happier times will come to the fore.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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