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Norman L. Case Obituary


Norman L. Case, age 64, of North Granby, CT, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Springfield, MA, with his wife, Linda-gail by his side. He knew his battle with pancreatic cancer was going to be a tough one, but he gave each and every day a fight he wanted to win. The youngest son of Ruth and Jesse Case was born in Hartford, CT and made his home, along with his three brothers, in Simsbury, CT. Their childhood home is still in Simsbury, the home where his mother still resides. A home where anyone was welcome. Norman was grateful to his father, with the two of them working side by side on Norman's home in North Granby. Norman graduated in 1968 from Simsbury High School and made a decision not to attend college, a decision that had him pursuing his life-long dream of cars, and most importantly, engines. His first job was at Daniels Cadillac in Hartford, where he met his future business partner and friend, Dale Hall. Many lunch hours were spent discussing their dream of starting their own shop, which officially made its way onto 9 Herman Drive in Simsbury, 40 years ago. Precision Auomotive, Inc. still stands with co-managers Chris Leaver and Mike Fields. Much of Norman's life revolved around motorsports of all types. He began drag racing with Dale in 1968, with a nitro front-engine dragster that later went on to hold national records in both divisional and national events. Norman raced successfully with Dale until 1987, but remained business partners until Dale's retirement in 2003. At that point, Norm's wife Linda became his business partner. Norm always spoke that the best day of racing was with Dale, traveling the country and winning races. Much of this success launched the engine business that became his career and passion. Precision Automotive, Inc. allowed Norman to be involved in the development and assembly of engine combinations that ranged from Daytona to regional short tracks throughout the Northeast. Norm's engines won countless race features, from street stocks to asphalt Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Late Models and Super Modifieds. Many track championships followed with these victories, where Norman was in demand for his ability to use his common sense approach and gift of finding more power and reliability for his customers. It was at Riverside Park in Agawam, MA that Norman met his wife of 28 years, Linda-gail (Bryant) of Southwick, MA. Both Norman and Linda spent many weekends at Riverside Park, Stafford, Monadnock and other Oval tracks tending countless customers and friends who ran with "Precision Powered" engines. While building big horsepower for racing, Norman also had a master's touch building the rarest of engines, one for his own 1929 Packard, a 30 year project that was worth the wait. His engines and machine work will grace roads and garages for many years to come. Norman and Linda often debated where they would retire and came together with the same response: North Granby. Their home sits back from the road, which gave them privacy and, as Linda is often quoted: "the perfect place for best friends to retire: the house that Norman and Jesse built". It was imperative for both Linda-gail and Norman to thank his medical team, Dr. Philip Glynn, Oncologist, Mercy Medical Center and the team from Noble Hospital Oncology: Cindy, Donna, Cara, Anna, Denise and Sue. Seven members in the field of Oncology who were truly angels. Norm was preceded in death by his father, Jesse L. Case, Jr., and a special aunt and uncle, Estelle and Preston Case, and his mother-in-law, Julie Bryant. Besides his wife Linda-gail, he leaves to morn his passing - his mother, Ruth B. Case, and his three brothers and their spouses - Kenneth and Sue of Simsbury, Richard and Linda Sue of Bloomfield and Stanley of Sebastopol, CA, and the special bond that he shared with his business partner Dale Hall, Justine, Scott and Lisa. The sudden loss will, as time goes on, bring back memories of a Son, a Brother, and a friend. To family and friends, the best way to honor Norman, was to think of him from time-to-time and be happy in the relationship you shared with him. Cancer - it cannot take away your Faith...shatter your Hope¿or lessen your Love...Cancer - it cannot destroy true Friendship...invade the Soul or take away Eternal Life...Cancer - it cannot conquer your Spirit...Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury in Tuesday, July 15th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Burial services will be private. Please visit Norm's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.


Published in The Hartford Courant on July 13, 2014
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