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Norman Burt Wolford


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Norman Burt Wolford Obituary
Wolford Norman Burt Wolford, just shy of 89, died peacefully among family on July 6, 2017. Born on August 17, 1928, a day he proudly shared with Steamboat Willie, Norm was a 1947 graduate of Boardman High School in Youngstown. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. In 1951, Norm married Alice McPhillips and went on to raise eight children: Jayne, Susan, Dan (Jane), Bill (Sue), Ann (Kevinthefavoritesoninlaw), Ted, John (Colleen) and Kate. Norm brought his work ethic, devotion to customer service, and humor to his profession in heating and cooling sales. He was an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. After retiring, Norm pursued a second career around his passion for wine. He shared that passion and his knowledge by helping others select wines at Big Bear, Kroger, and Giant Eagle. Norm hosted wine tastings at private residences and at Mayfair Village, the retirement community where he lived since 2009. Norm recently published a book, The Wine of My Life, which, aside from his family, was his capstone. (The Wine of My Life is available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle editions from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.) He was a lifelong learner and teacher, as reflected in his writings and wine tastings. Alice and Norm were active members of the St. Thomas More Newman Center, where they served on the baptism and RCI committees. They were Master Gardeners at Chadwick Arboretum. Norm was a past president of the Upper Arlington High School Boy's Lacrosse Parents' Association. Apart from Alice and wine, his passions were lacrosse, photography, squirrels, gardening, and jazz. Norm and Alice hosted epic 4th of July breakfast parties at their home in Upper Arlington. With the timing of a seasoned comedian, he would respond to people who asked about his favorite wine, "Whatever is open." He would brag about his children and grandchildren to anyone who would listen. He was often humorous, typically optimistic, and so full of love. Norm was preceded in death by his Alice, parents William and Stella Wolford, brother and sister-in-law Donald and Mildred Wolford, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Barbara McPhillips. He is survived by his eight children; four in-laws whom he considered his children; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The family is grateful for the care and attention shown to their dear old dad by the staff at Mayfair Village and Kindred Hospice (Len was a gift!). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer's research (#305835) or the Chadwick Arboretum (#601179) at The Ohio State University, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221. A celebration of life will take place at the St Thomas Moore Newman Center, 64 West Lane Avenue, on a future date. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from July 9 to July 10, 2017
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