Published 5:35 am, Friday, May 13, 2011
Norman Davis, 82, a former Westport resident, died May 8.
Born in Boise, Idaho, he grew up in Foxboro, Mass., and later moved to Stamford, where he graduated from the vo-tech high school. He was drafted into the Army and spent 18 months on the Korean peninsula at the height of the war. During the mid-1950s, he married his wife, Helen.
During this time, he worked as a carpenter and mechanic at boatyards building PT boats and luxury yachts. He also spent time at Conde Nast running printing presses and photo machines. He retired from Rollock as a master machinist and metal fabricator in 1994.
He and his wife began a family together with the adoption of Betty, a daughter from Helen's first marriage, and then Tina in 1958, Lauren in 1960 and Norm Jr. in 1963.
The family moved from Saugatuck to Bethel, where he enjoyed working around the house, and making additions that included a chicken coop, swimming pool and gardens. He also enjoyed hunting, as well as clamming and crabbing. He and his wife were members of the local gun club, and enjoyed camping trips with their motorcycle club. They moved to Naples, Fla., in the mid-1990s.
Survivors include his daughters, Tina and Lauren; his son, Norman, Jr.; his brothers, Wayne and George, and sister, Ethelyn. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen, and daughter, Betty.
A graveside service with military honors will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport. Preceding the service, friends may gather with the family at 10 a.m. Monday in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, for the procession to the cemetery. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.spearmillerfuneralhome.com.