West Chesterfield, NH - Norman J. Bergeron, 83, of W. Chesterfield, NH, died on December 7, 2017 in Englewood, FL. Norm was born on May 1, 1934, in Greenville, NH. Norman was the oldest of 6 siblings. His mother, Regina Fortin-Bergeron, was from Wilton, NH and his father, Paul E. Bergeron, was from Kensey Falls, Quebec, Canada. He attended schools in Wilton, NH and Fitchburg, MA.
Norm was a resident of Hinsdale, NH from 1963-2017 until he sold his business, the moved to W. Chesterfield, previously he resided in Fitchburg, MA and West Palm Beach, FL. Norm has been wintering in Rotonda West, FL since 2006.
Norm served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict between 1951-1955 on active duty and was honorably discharged. He also served from 1955-1959 with the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was an amateur boxer in both feather weight and light weight completion (Golden Gloves) between 1955-1957. He then moved to Florida for 6 years where he married Joyce Estancy, they later divorced. Norm was the owner and operator of Norman’s Auto Sales since 1963 and Norm’s Marina since 1995-2017. He was well known in the community and held memberships in the Masons in Brattleboro, Shriners, Brattleboro Elks Lodge #1499, Brattleboro American Legion, Post #5, life member of the VFW Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034, and the Brattleboro FOE Post #2445.
Norm was especially proud of his accomplishments of converting his salvage business into a Marina. Norm loved his vegetable garden and fruit trees which could be seen by boaters traveling the Connecticut River. He loved to give his vegetables away to his customers, friends and family. He loved to ride his Harley, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a patient and loving father and a caring friend to many. He will be missed by all that knew him.
His favorite past time was spending time in Florida with his soul mate, and life partner, Joan C. Nowill. He loved to fish with his sons in Vermont. He often said if he died today, he had done all he wanted to do, and he would have no regrets.
He is survived by his sons, Greg P. Bergeron from W. Chesterfield, NH, Jay Bergeron of Manchester, NH., granddaughter, Kalinda Roberts of Lowell, MA., his soul mate of 36 years, Joan C. Nowill of Rotonda West, FL and her daughter Angela Hogan and grandchildren Kayla Clarke, Brian Clarke, and Dylan Hogan, a brother, Raymond Bergeron from Fitchburg, MA, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Paul Bergeron from Carson, CA, Robert Bergeron of Leominster, MA, and his sisters Alice Erickson of Hubbardston, MA, and Pauline Boivin of Fitchburg, MA.
Never one to view death sentimentally, Norm focused instead on the color offered by life’s many experiences and the companionship of those he loved. This is how his family invites you to remember him. A “Celebration of Life” will be at the Brattleboro Elks Club, 75 Putney Road, on Sunday, January 7, 2018, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. All family and friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in his memory to the Shiner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104