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Norman A. Barron

- - Retired Delaware Superior Court Judge Norman A. Barron died on February 13, 2018, after a brief illness, with his wife and twin brother by his side. He was 75 years old.

Norm was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey and attended Hamilton College, graduating in 1964. After college, Norm served in the United States Navy, being honorably discharged in 1968 as a full Lieutenant.

Norm arrived in Delaware in 1971 after receiving his law degree from Emery University and was employed as a Deputy Attorney General in the DE Department of Justice and later served as Chief Deputy Attorney General. In 1980, Norm was appointed as Delaware's first Chief Magistrate by then Governor Pierre S. du Pont and served with distinction for 8 years. After a brief period as Assistant Public Defender, Norm was nominated to serve as a Superior Court Judge by then Governor Michael N. Castle and, after confirmation, served on the court from 1989 until his retirement in 2001. He presided over many high profile cases and earned the reputation as a law and order judge. In 2000, he received the Chief Justice's Annual Award for Outstanding Judicial Service. Despite his stern demeanor on the bench, Norm was very kind and cared deeply about his family and friends. His sense of humor was one of his greatest assets.

In his retirement, Norm and his wife, Alice, spent many winters in the Sarasota, Florida, area where they enjoyed innumerable rounds of golf, warm weather and friendships. Norm finally achieved a golfer's ultimate goal by shooting a hole in one at the age of 71.

Norm was predeceased by his parents, Norman M. and Frances B. Barron, and his brother, Fraser. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Alice Bricker Barron, and his two brothers, Mortimer of Amarillo, Texas and his twin, Tim (Loren) of Kennett Square, PA. He is survived by nephews Christopher Barron (Tracy) of Annandale, VA and Rupert Barron (Eve) of Houston, Texas and neices Allison Dunbar of Los Angeles, CA and Alexandra and Cecelia Barron of Kennett Square, PA.

A gathering with family and friends will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 2 to 4 PM at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, (610-444-4116) 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Norm's name to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA PO Box 96929 Washington, DC 20090-6929. To view Norms online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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Published in The News Journal on Feb. 20, 2018.
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February 23, 2018
Dear Alice,

I was truly saddened to see that Nom has passed. He was one of the kindest persons and an outstanding fair judge. You are in my thoughts and prayers....take a deep breath and in your time, grieve and then remember all you had with Norm....Blessings, gail Lanouette
February 23, 2018
Dear Alice,

My heart reaches out to you at the loss of Norm. He was such a kind person and one of the best and fairest judges DE has ever known. May your heart know how he was respected and your memories be of a good life together. Blessings, gail Lanouette
February 23, 2018
I'm so sad to learn of Norm's death; he was a good man. Pleased to see how many people he touched and helped, his many professional accomplishments and certainly, his memorable accomplishment of a hole in one! My sympathies to Alice and Norm's brothers, especially Tim and to his nieces and nephews. Sending love and strength to you all.
Joan McCaskie Drum
February 22, 2018
So sorry to hear about Judge Barron passing. I will keep you guys in my prayers. I was a Probation Officer back in the nineties and was infront of Judge many times and in the court hallways. He was always friendly and had a few words, I liked that. I will keep you guys in prayer
Rupert Strawbridge
February 21, 2018
May Peace be with you Tim upon the passing of your beloved twin brother.....
ed pankowski
February 20, 2018
Alice and Tim:
Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. There are no words that can console your loss. Norm was greatly respected and will be sorely missed. I tried my first homicide case in front of Norm and got a chuckle from the jury when I referred to him as Norm and not Judge Barron! He loved it and laughed mightily! My heartfelt condolences to you.
Peggy Marshall Thomas
February 20, 2018
Tim, Alice, and all the Barron family,
Sending many thoughts & prayers to all during this difficult time
Norman was without a doubt "one" of the best judges to have worked with & for. So very sorry for your loss.

Pat Farren
February 20, 2018
May Peace be with you Alice upon the passing of your Beloved Norm....a great man, Jurist, and friend.....for many years.....I always enjoyed my courtroom trials with Judge Norm....where Justice was dispensed fairly on a daily basis....God Bless !
ed pankowski
February 19, 2018
Dear Alice...May God bless you and comfort you during this sorrowful time.
Barbara & Ron Mistretta
February 19, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Barbara & Ron Mistretta
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