Norman P. Fitch
Norman (“Norm”) Porter Fitch of North Yarmouth and formerly of Medfield, Mass., passed away peacefully at the Hospice Center of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on Sept. 5, 2013.
Norman was born in Cambridge, Mass., on March 26, 1935. He attended schools in Auburndale and Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn. (1951-1954) and served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959. In the Army, Norm was a Specialist Four stationed in Panama.
After leaving the Army, Norman returned to Massachusetts and met Sandra Shelton. Norm and Sandy were married in 1961. Norm attended Northeastern University and graduated in 1964 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Norm and Sandy settled in Medfield, Mass., where they raised their family. Norm spent his professional life working as a salesman for the Foxboro Company.
Norm loved the outdoors and sports, especially skiing. He and Sandy bought a family camp (the “Cat’s Meow”) on South Pond in Greenwood in 1964, to be nearer to the lakes and ski slopes of Maine. Norm taught his own children how to ski and eventually joined the Mt. Abram Ski School, became a certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and taught for more than 20 years at both Mt. Abram and Sunday River. Norm and Sandy were fixtures on the slopes of Mt. Abram, where he was fondly known as “Captain Video” to many generations of avid skiers. Norm also worked in the ski rental shops at both areas. Sandy was a volunteer member of the ski patrol at Mt. Abram.
Norm also was an avid tennis player and golfer. A member of the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass. from 1954 to until he moved to Maine, Norm was a United States Tennis Association Certified Umpire. In Maine, Norm played golf as a member of Val Halla’s Twilight League for many years and worked as a groundskeeper for over 15 years at Falmouth Country Club and then at Toddy Brook Golf Course.
Norm was an active member of the Lions Club in both Medfield and North Yarmouth.
Norm was predeceased by his loving wife, Sandy, in 1998. He is survived by his daughters, Laurie Fitch, of Portland and Tammy Fitch Johns, and her husband Benton, of Summerville, S.C.; his grandsons, Jesse and Dylan Johns; a brother, Samuel A. Fitch, Jr., of Peoria, Ariz.; and a sister, Linda Fitch Buckminster, of League City, Texas.
A memorial service was held at Miles Road Baptist Church in Summerville, S.C. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 beginning at 3 p.m. at Mt. Abram Ski Resort in Greenwood. Donations in Norm’s memory may be made to Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, Maine 04261.