Norman Inglis "Tom" Major formerly of Mount Prospect Norman Inglis "Tom" Major, 91, of Roscoe, IL, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Beloit Memorial Hospital, due to natural causes. Norman was born on March 15, 1921, raised in River Forest, IL, and attended Oak Park High School, where he graduated in 1939 and subsequently attended Purdue University, where he studied engineering. Following his time at Purdue University, Norman joined the Army Air Force Reserves and applied for and was accepted in the War Training Services ("WTS") program as a pilot and ultimately flight instructor, where his role included primary training and screening of flight cadets for the military. Upon completion of two years in the WTS program and two years active duty state side, Norman left the military and engaged in an extended "free-lance" career that included flight instructing, aviation charter, and crop dusting, where he followed the cotton crop across the south. In 1957, Norman changed careers and joined the construction industry as a project engineer and estimator and continued to work as a part time flight instructor for the next 30 plus years. Over the balance of his career he worked for a number of general contractors with projects ranging from roads and other infrastructure to the building of the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, IL, and Water Tower Place in Chicago. He met his wife, Bertha M. "Bea" Major (born May 30, 1924; deceased Dec. 18, 2010) in 1950, and were blessed with 59 years of marriage. They have four children, Mary Anderson, Tom (deceased Oct. 11, 2012) and (Rita) Major, Catherine and (John) Cichon, John and (Glynette) Major; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was a devoted husband and father. One of his favorite hymns was Amazing Grace and scripture was John 3:16. Norman was a long-standing member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Mount Prospect. A funeral service will be at 3 p.m on Sunday, Feb. 10, with a visitation from 2 p.m. until the service time at Forest Home Cemetery, 863 S. Des Plaines Ave., Forest Park, IL 60130. Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Roscoe Chapel, 815-636-5100, is honored to have assisted the family. To share a memory or express condolences, visit

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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Feb. 9, 2013