Gary W. Norton, 65, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 in his home. He was
He was born March 3, 1945. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Anne
Norton; daughter Julianna (husband Damian); son Joe (wife Stephanie);
grandchildren Nicholas, Lillianna, Joseph, Isabela and Eleanna; sisters
Barbra Brogan of Orchard Park, New York and Kim Hilgenkamp of Chicago; and
mother-in-law Ruth Osann of Dune Acres.
Preceding him in death were his sister, Kay Staruch of Blasdell, N.Y.;
father, William Joseph Norton of Orchard Park, N.Y.; mother, Evelyn Taylor
of Englewood, Fla.; and father-in-law Edward Osann of Dune Acres.
Gary grew up in Blasdell and graduated from Syracuse University. He began
working as an English teacher in Manlius, N.Y. He changed career paths and
began working for companies like Belden Wire & Cable, Cooper, Echlin,
Ristance, and Standard Motor Products. beginning in the sales field and
working his way up the ladder to Vice President. It was during this time
that he met many loving and lifelong friends who cherished him and will miss
He enjoyed going to the beach and fishing with friends, his son and
grandchildren. He looked forward to the hunting season with his buddies
every year at his cabin in upstate New York. He was the quintessential
family man and best friend, always looking out for those close to him. He
was a mentor and someone everyone looked up to. He always said, “If you
leave this world with family and a handful of friends you’ve done pretty
darn good.” Gary had all of that and more. He will be greatly missed by all.
A memorial and celebration of his life will be held at Ogden Dunes Community
Church in Portage on Saturday, Nov. 20, at noon CST and in the spring at his
cabin in Bliss, N.Y. in 2011.
A donation in Gary’s name can be made to any of the following organizations:
Center for Hospice, Attn. Deborah Mayfield, 4220 Edison Lakes Parkway,
Mishawaka, IN 46545; Bliss Fire Department, 7764 Cadwell Road, Bliss, NY
14024; Save the Dunes Council, 444 Barker Rd., Michigan City, IN 46360.
Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South
2nd St., Chesterton. For more information, call 926-1309.