John Stephen Norris

South Kingstown, Rhode Island

1937 - 2019 (Age 82)


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82, of Wakefield, RI and Popponesset Beach, MA passed away peacefully on October, 5. John was born September 1, 1937 in Boston, Ma. After graduating from Brookline High School, he attended Kimball Union Academy and graduated from Norwich University class of '60 where he was one of the last 12 letterman scholar athletes. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Gail (Carolan) Norris for 57 years. Together they had two children, Carolan and Jay who were the center of his life. John was loved by all who were fortunate enough to cross his path. He will always be remembered for creating nicknames for those he loved. John was the head baseball coach and professor at the University of Rhode Island. After retiring he enjoyed time with family, golfing, and reveling in his three grandchildren's activities. John is survived by his loving children; Carolan Gail Norris of Providence, RI and Jay and Mary Norris of Cumming, GA, his adoring grandchildren Carolan Winters and Ali Little and the late Stephen MacGregor Norris. He is also survived by his sisters Kathleen Reddish and Nancy Varnum and the late Thomas Norris. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 10 at 11am at St. Francis of Assisi 114 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879. Burial will take place Friday, October 11 at 11am at Holyhood Cemetery, 584 Heath Street, Brookline, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at or to Norwich University in memory of John Stephen Norris '60 care of the Development Office 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663. For guestbook and condolences,

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My sincere condolences to the Norris Family. As I was at URI Homecoming this past weekend, I was sad to hear about the passing of Coach Norris. I played for Coach from 1982-86 and have always appreciated the opportunity Coach gave me to part of the Baseball Family at URI. I will always cherish those years. Rest In Peace Coach.

I played on the Norwich football team with
John in the mid fifties. He was a great teammate and good friend. My condolences to
his family. He was truly one of the Good Guys
and will be missed.

With sympathy,
Nick Spagnoli

Our condolences to the Norris family. John was a great man and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Rest in peace, John.
Charlie and Barbara Ritter

To the Norris Family,
I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. A great man and coach and always fun to be around. Enjoyed competing against him and having him work at the Rhode Island Baseball Academy. So many youth benefited from his instruction. Whenever I attended a URI game in recent years you could always see John and him telling you he had the best parking spot of anyone. I only hope the University recognizes that dedication and commitment in a special way.
Art Pontarelli

My condolences to the Norris Family. I played for coach 81-85. Good coach - good person. Will miss seeing him in right field eating peanuts and watching URI baseball when my dad and I would catch a game each year.

My condolences to the Norris Family. Coach was a wonderful person. I played for Coach in 83 and 84, some of the highlights of my life. RIP Coach.

Coach Norris will be missed. He was a wonderful person and quite the character who was always a lot of fun to be with. I enjoyed my time coaching with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Norris family. God Bless.

Dave Morris and family

I had what, I felt, the great honor of being on Coach's team at URI, from 1974-1978. He lived the principles of honor and respect. A loss on the field was never as important as keeping the dignity of giving it our all and keeping our heads up. Coach had a way of getting the best out of us, and though he raised his eyebrow a few times at our shenanigans, he knew the respect we had for him. Jay, I remember your travelling with us, you were quite young, but you were fun to have you with us. I...

John you will be missed. Rest in piece my friend. Dick Cronin