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Norman E. Ott

1923-2010 WILLIAMSTOWN, MA Norman Edwin Ott, 86, died peacefully at the Vermont Veteran's Home in Bennington, on April 17, 2010.

Born Nov. 20, 1923, to Oren L. and E. Gertrude Ott in Williamstown, he lived in North Adams most of his adult life, retiring in 1984 to Lake Worth, Fla., and Williamstown.

He attended schools in Williamstown, as well as Williams College before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1943. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., in 1948. While at Wesleyan, Norman was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.

Between 1943 and 1945, Norman served in the 9th Air Force as a P-51 fighter pilot in the European Theater. He completed more than 90 missions over France and Germany with the 363rd Fighter Group and the 9th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron without an abort.

He received several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters. He continued to fly in civil aviation for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Richard A. Ruether Post 152 in Williamstown.

After graduation from Wesleyan, he worked in sales for NCR in New Haven, and in 1949 he joined his father-in-law, Theron H. Perkins, at Brewer Brothers in North Adams. In 1966 Brewer Brothers became Brewer-Perkins, Inc., and Norman was named President and General Manager. He was a member of the New England Chrysler-Plymouth Dealer Association and was its secretary for many years.

Norman was very active in civic affairs. He had 35 years of perfect attendance to Rotary meetings, was a Paul Harris Fellow and served as president of the North Adams Rotary Club. He was a president of the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the United Fund, an incorporator of the North Adams Hoosac Savings Bank and a trustee of the North Adams Regional Hospital. He was on the North Adams Planning Board for 10 years.

Norman was a founding member of the North Adams State College Foundation and was active at the North Adams First Congregational Church. He also volunteered at JFK Medical Center in Florida, and at the Information Booth in Williamstown.

Norman loved to ski and was a national ski patrolman at Dutch Hill in Heartwellville, Vt. He was also an avid golfer and was a member of the Taconic and the Lake Worth Golf Clubs. However, his real summer passion was being at the family cottage at Lake Buel in New Marlboro with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Perkins Ott, of Williamstown and Lake Worth; a son, Dale Perkins Ott and his wife, Jamie, of Clarksburg; daughters, Sharyn Pudvar and her husband, John, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Sharman Devaney and her husband, David, of Arnold, Md.; three grandchildren, David Devaney, and his wife, Laura, of Baltimore, Adam Devaney and Brittney Devaney of Arnold; and two great-granddaughters, McKayla Lynn Devaney and Emerson Ann Devaney. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marie Perkins Ott of Houston, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Ellsworth Ott.

MEMORIAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours. Friends and family will gather at The Orchards in Williamstown on the afternoon of Saturday, May 15, for a celebration of Norman's life.

Contributions in his name can be made through the E.P. MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME in Bennington, Vt., to the Activities Department at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 20, 2010
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