SOMERSWORTH — Thomas John Norman, 55, died Saturday, June 9, 2012 at his home following a brief but valiant battle with cancer.
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Tom was born April 24, 1957 in Rochester, the son of Ora (Norman) Houde and her husband Roland. He grew up in Rochester and moved to Eliot, Maine in his teen years. He attended Marshwood High School and later served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee.
For 34 years, Tom worked at, ran, and eventually owned Gagnon's Auto Body in Somersworth with his family. He treated every customer like family, literally going the extra mile for anyone who called upon him. Tom embodied old-fashioned values like character and integrity. He was very active in his community, often quietly behind the scenes. He was an avid supporter of local sports where he coached and sponsored numerous teams; donated pitching machines and equipment to the Somersworth High School Softball program; provided grills and golf carts to the Somersworth High School Football program; and donated vehicles to Somersworth High School for several car safety programs. Tom did all this and more, not for recognition but because it was the right thing to do.
Tom loved fishing, camping in his RV and spending time with his family. Nothing brought him more joy than coaching and supporting his three daughters and grandchildren in their many sports and activities. He spent many nights lining fields, repairing gloves, cleats, and equipment; and many weekends traveling to softball tournaments from Florida to Canada. The teams he coached won many titles and set many records, but it was the lives he touched that provided the greatest reward. For Tom, it was a labor of love.
Tom is predeceased by his brother, Herbert Norman.
He is survived by his loving wife Maria (Parmentola) Norman of Somersworth; daughter, Melissa (Norman) Lambert of Somersworth and her husband Jeremy and their children Calvin, Abygail and Carter; and daughters, Kimberly and Crystal of Somersworth; his mother, Ora Houde and her husband Roland of Eliot, Maine; brother, Dennis Norman of Rochester and his son Steven; brother, Gary Norman of Inverness, Fla. and his wife Evelyn and their son Tyler; stepsister, Lisa Houde of Newmarket; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at St. George Catholic Church, 15 Chapel St., Dover at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Somersworth High School Softball Boosters.
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Published in Fosters from June 12 to June 13, 2012