William Norman
William Norman was a retired school principal. He was 76.
Published by Sun-Sentinel from Jul. 9 to Jul. 10, 2012.
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I remember Bill from High School, RJR, class of '54 with fond thoughts of how kind and gentle he was as a young man. I had lost touch of him in life after college but valued his friendship in high school and am very saddened at the senseless cause of his death. May he rest in peace and may you his family take solace in the way he lived the good life and made impressions on others that he himself probably did not fully realize.
Carolyn Peters Spencer
September 5, 2012
You will Forever be missed.....your many friends.
August 8, 2012
Condolences to the Norman family.
classes of 1969 and 1970
July 20, 2012
We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace. You touched the lives of so many, both directly and indirectly. May you always be remembered with fond thoughts, a smile and the desire to reach out and do just a little bit better by the next person we meet. With great sympathy to your family and friends....
Monica Keen Northeast High Class of 1971.
Monica Keen
July 20, 2012
Rest in Peace, my Brother from another Mother ! May the young men who have been influenced by you, lead other Men to an Oasis of Spirituality !

Frank Rodrigues
Standingtall New England MKP
Frank Rodrigues
July 20, 2012
May you rest in peace Dr. Norman. You were a great principal and did not deserve this horrible crime to happen to you. My prayers are with you and your family.
Dawn Wondoloski (Boring)
July 19, 2012
Dr Norman I will always hold you close to my heart. You were a wonderful principal. Thank you for your leadership. May you rest in peace. God bless your family.
Tessie Ruby
July 19, 2012
My sincere condolences to the family of Mr.Norman RIP. Class of 1969 Northeast High School.
francis shadle
July 18, 2012
May the Savior of us all hold your family in the palm of his hand.
Marcia Bellinger-Brannock
July 18, 2012
To Bill Norman's family..so sad to here about Dr. Norman's tragic death. He was always kind and supportive to his students. May God Help your family find peace. My prayers are with you. Marcia Bellinger-Brannock. Northeast High-Class of 72
Marcia Bellinger-Brannock
July 18, 2012
RIP Mr. Norman. My sincere condolences to your family. You will always be remembered. Northeast Class of '73
Judy (Weaver) Miller
July 18, 2012
Rest in peace Dr. Norman. While I don't think I was ever on your good side, I can say that you always treated me fair & square. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Ron & Cealy (Myers) Fleischmann
July 18, 2012
Ellen Wright
July 18, 2012
Bill we missed you at the Family Reunion this year and will miss you in the years to come. It is so comforting to read the wonderful words from your former students, colleagues and friends. You truly touched so many. RIP
Linda Bird
July 17, 2012
Linda Bird
July 17, 2012
Rest in peace Dr. Norman. CHS Class of '79.
Cheryl (Gant) Nicholas
July 16, 2012
I have been very close to tears since earlier today when I first heard about Dr. Norman. I went from Northeast High School with him to help him open CHS. He was probably one of the top 10 people on this earth as far as I am concerned. I don't think anyone could come close to being the wonderful principal that he was. Both teachers and students loved him. It's hard to believe that he is no longer on this earth, but we will meet again in heaven. Many people will miss you dearly. Even though you have been far away in distance, you have never been far away in thought. There are many saddened hearts at this time. May peace be with your family.
Mariann Price
July 16, 2012
I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Normans tragic death. I have very fond memories of Dr. Norman while attending Chesapeake High School. It is true, he was a gentle giant among the students. He gave a real sense of caring for everyone and he will be missed tremendously. My heart goes out to his family and all who was fortunate enough to have known him.
Barbara Louk Covington - Class of '82.
Barbara Louk Covington
July 16, 2012
You will always be In my heart my friend ... I will remember you every time I go to niccos and think of your smile you always showed me your kindness and I will always keep showing it in this world for you.thank you for being my friend. See you in Heaven.Peace be with you.
Timm
July 16, 2012
Will you will be sadly missed by all your friends in the Tampa bay area. You were truly a great guy. I will always remember your smile, laughter and concern you had for the less fortunate. You had a way of making everyone feel special and welcomed.
May you rest in peace.
John E
July 16, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Will. We will have to postpone our luncheon to a later date but definitely in a better place. May God bless you and watch over you.
Bob Kanach
July 16, 2012
Bill was a kind, ethical, and a generous person, with a big heart. In the 15years I have known him he had a big impact on my family and myself
Louis Nowlin
July 15, 2012
Many HAPPY MEMORIEScarry us though these sorrowful times. Principal Norman leaves us with many gifts of memories, It's just so very hard to understand why people are taken from us. May you rest in peace. God Bless Principal Norman's family and the people who had the opportunity to know him.
Diana Bechtel - Maenner
July 15, 2012
To the family of Mr Norman, thank you for sharing this wonderful man with all of us. He touched each of our lives in a positive way. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Northeast Class of '69
Linda Tagmyer-Heath
July 15, 2012
Sending prayers to family and friends of Dr. Norman may he rest in peace. He guided us through the challenges of high school and helped to make CHS a great school to be a part of. Celebrate a life well lived! CHS classes of '78,'81
Mike and Tina (Doggett) Bender
July 15, 2012
Principal Norman, you were the best educator ever, your love for the students and CHS will be treasured by all of us forever. Please rest in peace.
CHS class of '80
Joann Om
July 15, 2012
Dr. Norman was a guiding influence that made many young people the successful adults they are today. We are fortunate to have known him and been guided by his wisdom. Conway Bolt, CHS Class of 1979
Conway Bolt
July 15, 2012
RIP,"Captian Chesapeake" You are now in the presence of our Lord and Savior! You will forever be remembered! God Bless your family.
Charlene Rush-Gatzke
July 15, 2012
Dr. Norman you will always live in the hearts of the students lives that you touched!!!
linda kennedy
July 15, 2012
Dr. Norman had the personality and presence that left a forever mark on your heart. He was a wonderful caring man, and his memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.
Chesapeake High School 1983
Kellie Lee Johnson
July 15, 2012
What a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work closely with Bill Norman as a student opening Northeast together and then later as a teacher at Chesapeake. He wrote in my Northeast yearbook that I should be "proud that the school bears the marks of my hard work and dedication", but it was his wisdom, guidance and leadership that made it possible.
The sky is a little brighter these nights. May you
rest in peace and my thoughts & prayers are with your family.
Eileen "Hank" Griffith Marion
July 14, 2012
Such a loss to the Chesapeake High School community. Class of 1982.
Laura Jewell
July 14, 2012
you will be missed, northeast high school class of 1967
joseph brumwell
July 14, 2012
Enjoyed working as part of your office secretaries at Northeast and Chesapeake High.
Margaret Lathroum
July 14, 2012
R.I.P Dr Norman you were a Great Man, and a Great Principle at Chesapeake, Class of "1981". My prayers to you family.
Michelle Rodgers-Rowe
July 14, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Mr. Norman was a kind, gentle, and fair man as a Principal and a human being. With humble regards.
H. David Swann
July 14, 2012
Much of Will's time on earth was spent in such a way that his actions and words live on thru their wonderfully positive effect on others. This goodness will carry forward. Death does not end love.--
Steven Cohen
July 14, 2012
You will be missed deeply. It was an honor to staff with you in recently as an ally. You were a gentle kind man. Blessings sent to your family.
Andrew Cusick
July 14, 2012
With deepest sympathy.
Veronica Smartt
July 14, 2012
Dr.Norman what a great,fair,sweet man.Always talking to everyone making sure things were ok.May you rest in peace knowing you touched the hearts of many.God bless your family.Class of 1985.
ROBIN ENDLEY
July 14, 2012
Condolences to Bill's family from his longtime friends (since Northeast) Alayne & Chuck Tiemeyer. We were in touch a little over a week ago and this has come as quite a shock.
Alayne Tiemeyer
July 13, 2012
He is an angel.
July 13, 2012
I first met Dr Norman while serving as president of the CHS Athletic Boosters.I really didn't know what to expect at our first meeting. Would we receive his blessings or would we give us lip service? As it turned out, he was just as enthusiatic and supportive for the sports programs as he was towards academics. He was a standup guy, a gentleman and a scholar. RIP Bill!
Bob Clayville
July 13, 2012
Peace and prayers for the family and friends of Dr. Norman.
Phyllis Heck Downey
NORTHEAST Class of 1969
July 13, 2012
Lisa Zimmerman Scanlon
July 13, 2012
Many of us who attended Brooklyn Park HS, where Mr. Norman began his career in education in Maryland, have fond memories of him. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Norman's friends and family. Susan Miller, BPHS Class of 1966
July 13, 2012
As everyone has stated Dr. Norman was a very kind and caring man. The world and educational system could desperately use more like him. He will be missed...RIP! CHS 83
Jeff Martin
July 13, 2012
Thank you Mr Norman for being the best mentor I ever met. Mr. Norman was Chesapeake High, Mr Norman dedication to his student Made Us What We Are Today. Rip CHS Class of 79
Dennis Caswell
July 13, 2012
Rest In Peace Dr Norman! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, you will surely be missed. Class 1979 Kelly Humes
Kelly Humes
July 13, 2012
My prayers go out to his family.
We knew Mr. Norman while at Northeast High School. Very fair and honest man.
A loss of a great human being
RIP Mr. Norman!
Joseph Atwell, Class of 1970.
Joseph Atwell
July 13, 2012
Rest in peace, Bill. You were a good man and I consider myself fortunate to have had you as a friend.
Bob Young
July 13, 2012
Your life was a contribution to humanity that proves that one man can make a difference.
Your spirit lives on.
May the divine comfort your family and all who mourn your tragic passing.
Alter'Nathan Bader
July 13, 2012
Both my wife and I want to truly express our sorrow and our condolences for the loss of Dr. William Norman to his family and friends. He was a man of character who touched so many lives. This was a GREAT man and will be truly missed by so many people. Steven & Lynette (Butterworth) Mefford – CHS 81
July 12, 2012
Dr. Norman (a.k.a. Captain Chesapeake) was the perfect principal for the new Chesapeake High School in Anne Arundel. He was wise enough to allow the new students to vote on school mascot, colors, fight song, etc. and knew when to interject. He helped me out immensely throughout my three years there -- he helped teach me how to lead and was wise enough to teach me that it was OK to fail, it built character and it was important to understand/learn how to bounce back from failure/adversity. He will always be fondly remembered by all of the students -- at the end of the day, he really made a difference in this world which is really all anyone can ask. He will be sorely missed.
Greg Lloyd
Class of '79
Greg Lloyd
July 12, 2012
RIP Mr. Norman. Condolences to your family. You were a good man and great Vice Principal.

Richard Beckett, Class of 1970
July 12, 2012
Mr. Norman was an amazing Principal. He made me smile when I would see him in the hall or during my "office aid" period during my senior year. He was kind and truly cared about his students and staff. Chesapeake High and those who were lucky enough to know him are better because of him. He was the best Principal of all my years in school and he was the standard for how I measured the Principal's of my children's schools. So far, not one has even come close !!!!!! Our prayers are with his family and friends.
Lisa Gonzales-Schultz
July 12, 2012
May all of Will's friends and family find comfort and peace in the many memories that we have of this loving and peaceful man. Will, may you rest in peace knowing that your life mattered to so many people. Peace!
Brian and Dan
July 12, 2012
Bill Norman was my mentor into the Principalship jn Anne Arundel County. I shared many evenings and hours learning from him. He was a scholar, a gentleman and an outstanding educator. He will be missed by everyone and espaecially me.
Ken Nichols
Principal and Deputy Superintendent
July 12, 2012
My prays to Dr. Norman's family and friends. He was a Great and Caring principle. No words can say how much I cared about him. His legacy will live on forever. Class of "80" Drama
Rev. Dean & Robin Jones-Arcoraci
July 12, 2012
To Will Norman's family - Celebrate his rich life lived with kind and gentle authority, selfless giving and uncommon integrity. He is sorely missed by his Mankind Project brothers. I bless his joyful and giving heart. Rest easy fellow elder.
Aho!
Tom Reilly
July 12, 2012
Pure love and joy is how I describe Will Norman. I miss you already and am grateful for our connection, my friend.
Love,
Greg Gondron
July 12, 2012
Will, "Powerful Bull", "Captain Chesapeake", "Stormin' Norman"... what a wonderful and powerful presence here in Tampa Bay, thank you for your gifts, your support, you gold and your shadow, your insight, your elder mentoring, your genuine deep concern for me. Losing you is painful, I know you were still climbing the mountain. And I'm still learning from you.
Allan Swett
July 12, 2012
My heart and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Norman. It saddens me that his life had such a tragic end, but his spirit lives on and his good deeds will be remembered forever.
July 12, 2012
I have nothing but fond memories of a truly dedicated teacher who influenced many lives. As a member of Brooklyn Park High School's class of 1966, we were among his first students and we remember him well. He will be missed.
Darlene Huggins Murphy
July 12, 2012
So very sad, such a wonderful man i just couldnt believe it. Rest in peace. Dr. Norman
kim nethken,royston,dean
July 12, 2012
A wonderful man who took pride in his students and school. He treated us with respect and expected no less from us. Dr. Norman rest in peace and know you have positively impacted so many.
Lorraine Martin
July 12, 2012
Dr. Norman: Eternal rest grant to you and may perpetual light shine upon you. May you find Peace. My prayers go out to family and friends, may they find comfort in their memories of a truly great man.
Barbara Mullauer
July 12, 2012
There are so many entries on this page--what a testament to the man who spent his life educating children. We were 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 when we met Mr Norman. In the big scheme of things at most 4 years. Here we are in our 40's, 50's and 60's talking about what an impact he had on our lives and how he made us the people we are. He demanded that we respect ourselves, our parents, our school--he held us accountable. That is why we think so highly of him. How lucky we were to cross paths--CHS 1978.
Tammy Brumwell Bresnahan
July 11, 2012
Cheryl Jones Lay
July 11, 2012
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. Dr Norman (aka Capt. Chesapeake) will be missed dearly. CHS class of 1981
Lynette Butterworth
July 11, 2012
Never forgotten. You have been a blessing in so many of our lives....
Maria Miller-Carelock
July 11, 2012
Mr. Norman was a great educator, leader, and humanitarian – his legacy will live on in the many lives he has touched…our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Duel & Debbi (Lennox) Grogan – 1st Graduation Class of NHS - 1967
Debbi Grogan
July 11, 2012
Rest in peace Dr. Norman! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family! Bob Meek, class of 1979 and Laurie Lund Meek class of 1980
Rober and Laurie Meek
July 11, 2012
rest in peace to a wonderful wonderful man...Kathie England Northeast class of 69
Kathie England-Willig
July 11, 2012
My prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Dr. Norman was a well respected man. CHS class of 1981
Sally (Lewis) Seen
July 11, 2012
Rest in Peace knowing you made a difference. I think it is all any of us can ask for. CHS class of '84
Jeff Wagner
July 11, 2012
Debbie Beach - Ganz
July 11, 2012
Dr. Norman was a good man and didn't deserve to go out of this world the way he did. My deepest sympothy goes out to his family.
Debbie Beach - Ganz
July 11, 2012
Debbie Beach-Ganz
July 11, 2012
NORTHEAST HIGH CLASS OF 68
russ curry sr.
July 11, 2012
My prayers go out to Mr. Norman's family. What a loss of such a great man. He always had a smiling face and an was inspiration to all Chesapeake High School student. May God Bless you Mr. Norman
Mary Lou Meredith
July 11, 2012
Dr. Norman, if you only knew the positive impact you had on the lives of the students at CHS.... You will always be remembered.
Joanie Coolahan, 1st ever, class of 1980
July 11, 2012
Dr Norman, you will be long remembered. We had some good laughs and I will miss you. CHS class of 80.
Vickie Hickman
July 11, 2012
MY husband John and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Ellen and the boys. Bill was a remarkable person, we thought highly of him. He was the Principal of Chesapeake High School where my husband taught. There was nothing Bill wouldn't do for his teachers or students. We are walking around in a daze. It is hard to believe such a horrific thing could be done to such a wonderful person. Ottilie and John Habercam
July 11, 2012
I will remember Mr. Norman as a kind and compassionate man who always greeted me respectfully even though I was sometimes troublesome. Truly a shocking and painful loss.
Darrell Darby
July 11, 2012
Mr Norman will be missed by everyone. Prayers to his family.
Kim (Ballman) Spraker
July 11, 2012
Dr. Norman, I remember how you would always joke with me about how we had something in common (we both had "two first names"). You were an incredible role model to all of us at CHS - as an educator, a leader, and a decent and caring human being. Clearly your legacy lives on in the thousands of students you listened to and respected - and we keep your memory alive by being better people, having known you. To your family - I am so sorry for your loss and pray that comfort will come in time. Sue Kim, CHS Class of 1984
Sue Kim
July 11, 2012
Dr. Norman was a fantastic person and principal. He was dedicated to helping and guiding teens. I am saddened to hear of his tragic passing. R.I.P. Dr. Norman :-(
Holly Haynes
July 11, 2012
I was truly upset and saddened to learn of this incredible tragedy and still shock by the intensity of the passing. Dr. Norman was such a loved and respected educator and leader. He always had a smile when walking the halls and was always very approachable. He was always there for all of his students no matter what the issue was and made us all have pride for what we did and our school. He will always be known as "Captain Chesapeake" and "Stormin' Norman" Dr. Norman is and will always be CHS. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Rest in peace.
Irene (Haynes) Coomes - CHS Class of '82
Irene Coomes
July 11, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved Dr. Norman. Thousands of students have become good, caring, productive adults as a result of his selfless guidance and compassion as an educator and principal. Thank you Dr. Norman for always seeing the best in us. CHS Class of '83.
Vanessa (Hall) Robertson
July 11, 2012
You are, and will continue to be, remembered for your guidance and patience during those first few years at Chesapeake as "we" laid the groundwork that would become tradition. Our prayers go out to your loved ones.
Angela Fink Cole, CHS class of 1978
July 11, 2012
Dr. Norman you will be greatly missed by all the students whose lives you touched. Especially is student here. My deepest sympathy to your two and all you loved ones.
Tracey Winter-Simms
July 11, 2012
My heart goes out to your family. I was informed today by my brother in Maryland that you were living here in Florida. I always felt that you were a great principal and leader. I was proud to be one of the alumni from the first graduating class of 1978. I feel shamed to be a Floridian right now. God bless you. I will see you on the other side.
Michael Bansbach
July 11, 2012
My deepest condolences to your family....RIP Dr. Norman.
Cheryl Sisson
July 11, 2012
RIP Dr. Norman You will truely be missed. Its sad that a Great mentor and educator trying to enjoy retirement was taken away. GOD bless the family in there time of sorrow. And know to be absent from the body is to be present with GOD
Phyllis Dailey Keemer
July 11, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 11, 2012
Rest in peace, Dr. Norman! Your inspiration and kindnesses were unparalled. You taught us through your example.
Pat Gronkiewicz
July 11, 2012
Now you are at peace and nothing else can hurt you. My heart goes out to your two sons.
Sandra Myers
July 11, 2012
A man of principle and integrity who strove to make students better citizens; Bill Norman was tested 'under fire' at Northeast H.S.in those early years . . . I believe that we learned from each other.
May God grant you His peace.
Ray Kenney
July 11, 2012
You are remembered as a respected educator, an outstandig principal and one hell of a guy. Rest in peace.
Jerry Weinberger
July 11, 2012
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