The Obit For Chick Norton

Charles Carroll Norton

Published in BDN Maine on April 11, 2012

BREWER and ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - Charles Carroll Norton passed away peacefully April 7, 2012, in Bangor. The son of Marcia (Reynolds) and Charles Norton Sr., he was born July 25, 1924, in Eastport.

After graduating from Shead High School in 1940, he graduated from the University of Maine with a mechanical engineering degree and later a master's degree in education. Prior to his long career in education, he served in the Army at Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he worked on the Manhattan Project. In 1947 he married Mary Brewer and returned to Eastport to begin his teaching career. He was a teacher, coach and principal at Shead High School, principal at Machias High School, and assistant principal/AD at Brewer High School.

Upon his retirement in 1978, he took a job surveying. Chick was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved spending time with his family. In his spare time, he enjoyed boating, lobstering, hunting, fishing and golfing. He had a special appreciation for the family property at Birch Point in Perry, where he spent most summers.

For more than 20 winters, he lived in Zephyrhills, Fla., where he enjoyed golfing and being with friends and family.

An accomplished athlete, Charles played basketball, baseball and football at the University of Maine. He played baseball in the service where he was offered a Triple A contract with the New York Yankees. After playing professional baseball for a year, he returned to Maine to teach and coach. He continued to play basketball and baseball with his brother, Omar on the Eastport Lobsters for many years.

Charles is survived by his sister-in-law and companion, Frances Barker of Winslow; his son, Richard and wife, Linda, of Holden; and daughters, Jane Greenlaw and fiance, Brad Peakes, of Brewer and Patricia Norton and partner, Rick Marks, of Winslow; five grandchildren, Katie and Sarah Norton and Brian, Ben and Brad Greenlaw; five great-grandchildren, Grace, Emma, Brent, Libby and Liam; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Norton and Hazel Warren; nephews, William Barker, John Warren and Paul Warren; and niece, Janet Ware. His wife, Mary; brother, Omar; and son-in-law, Richard Greenlaw, predeceased him.

The family wishes to give special thanks to all the folks at Winterberry Heights for their concern and care. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments after the service in the Family Reception Rooms.

Those who wish may make gifts in Charles' memory to ALS Association, NNE Chapter, The Concord Center, 10 Ferry St., Suite 309, Concord, NH 03301 or Community Health and Counseling, Hospice Services, P.O. Box 425, Bangor, ME 04402-0425.