Norbert Babin
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Norbert Cyrille Babin passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 with his family at his side at his home in Healdsburg. He was 85.

Norbert was born and raised in San Francisco and resided in Daly City for 20 years before moving to his favorite place, his family summer home on the river in Healdsburg in 1978. Norbert graduated from Lincoln High School in San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley. He served in the United States Army for two years and then graduated from Golden Gate University Law School. Norbert practiced law for 50 years and was a leader in his field of expertise.

Norbert's pride and joy were his family. He married his high school sweetheart, Judy, in 1956 and was married for 47 years. Judy predeceased Norbert in 2002. Norbert and Judy were the proud parents of three daughters and one son, Landrya Rath (Dan), Virginia Gamper (Dan), John Babin (Debra), and Gabrielle Babin Farnham (Tim). He took complete joy in his grandchildren, Carrie Sweeting (Charles, great-grandchildren, Dominic, Gabriella, Alina, Ced, and Isabella), Zachary Gamper, Alex Gamper (Maria), Ashley Babin (Alex), Hailey Babin (Ross), Timothy Farnham, Tyler Farnham, Trenton Farnham, and Tori Farnham. He was predeceased by his parents Norbert S. and Natalie Babin and sister, Bessy (Gildroy).

Norbert thoroughly enjoyed watching and attending sports, especially his grandchildren's sporting events and rooting for his Cal Bears Football team. He attended over 80 "Big Games" and countless Cal home and Bowl Games (Go Bears!!!!). He loved reading, music, especially jazz and big band, giving to his favorite charities, and spending time with his family and friends. Norbert enjoyed being a Board Member of the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, the patriarch of the "STUD Muffins," a member of the Hobo's, SIRS, Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel, and countless other organizations.

Norbert loved people and always had a sparkle in his eye. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Norbert's memory to the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society or the Freedom Alliance.


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 16 to May 24, 2020.
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May 25, 2020
So many memories come to mind when I hear his name...My mother Jan Gilmore worked for Norbert for many years...I remember going into the office to see visit my mom and always having a quick visit with Norbert..I was compared to Gabby as we were close in age...I could always tell when he knew I was up to no good by the way he would look at me...He was a great man and very good to my mom and our family. In my adult life I ran into him a few times and enjoyed chatting with him.....I hope my parents cross paths in heaven with Norbert and Judy. Xo
Dawn Coyle
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May 24, 2020
Norb was a very good friend and attorney. I first met Norb at night law school Golden Bate University. in 1961, after we graduated and took the CA State Bar together, I stayed friends ever since. I would always visit him at his office in Santa Rosa, when I had a case in that area.. I was invited to many "Christmas in May"parties at his home in Healdsburg . After wife Judy passed in 2002 I barely stayed in touch by email.
My heart goes out to Norb's family for the loss. God Bless You, Rick Bradley
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