Harry Joseph Norton Jr., 85, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev. Harry was born Jan. 29, 1927, in Roslindale, Mass., to Harry J. Norton and Kathryn Warren Norton. He served in the U.S. Navy 1945 to 1946. He was married to Jane Kohler from 1952 to 1968 and they had three children in Hollywood, Fla. He married Patricia Pullen in 1970, and after all their children were grown, they relocated to quieter places in Florida, eventually settling in Crystal River in 1990.
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In addition to his long career in property management for a large private Miami bank, Harry was a talented musician, artist and craftsman. As an accomplished musician, he played saxophone, clarinet, violin and organ. He arranged and composed music, and was the founder and director of multiple bands and choral groups throughout his life. He lived a rich life full of love, laughter and music, and brought honor, humor and happiness to many throughout his life.
He was surrounded by family the weeks preceding his death, and was attended to by hospice care in the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Darlene Norton of Las Vegas, where he moved in March 2012. He is survived by his children, Janet Chagnon, Valerie DeWitt, Glenn (Darlene) Norton and David Pullen; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; his sister, Rita Marino of Naples, Fla.; brother, Robert (Nancy) Norton of Norfolk, Mass.; and five nieces and nephews.
Harry will be cremated and memorial services will be held in 2013 at the Florida National Cemetery in Sumter County, where he will join his wife, Patricia.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 30, 2012