A memorial service will be held for Norman Towne at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th at the Church of Our Saviour in Milford, NH.
Norman passed on March 7th of natural causes in his home in Portland, Maine.
He was born to his parents, Bernice Ruth (Corey) and John W. Towne on November 1st, 1946, in Groton, MA. He was raised in Mont Vernon, NH, and attended Junior High and High School in Milford, NH.
He entered the service in 1964, and became a communications specialist with the United States Navy. On a return from the service, he married Sherol Stone (daughter of Gerald E. and Alice W. Stone) on January 21st, 1967. They then moved to Spain, his next station with the Navy. While in Spain, their son Phillip was born in 1968. They returned to New Hampshire in 1969, and while living in Nashua, their daughter Zora was born in 1970. The family moved, again with the Navy, to Okinawa, and then later to Hawaii, settling in Pearl City.
After leaving the Navy, Norman started a career working for the state of Hawaii as a chef. Culinary arts were a particular joy for him. He lived in Hawaii for nearly thirty years, returning to Merrimack, NH, in 1999, and to Portland, Maine in the mid-2000s. He had several favorite restaurants in Portland, including Silly’s and Thee Dollar Dewey’s.
In addition to enjoying cooking, Norman was very active in genealogy, tracking back ancestry for several hundred years. Additional hobbies included crocheting, crossword and board puzzles.
Norman was pre-
deceased by his parents, Bernice Ruth (Corey) and John W. Towne, his wife Sherol, and his brothers Carl, Paul, David, and Truman.
Norman leaves behind his son Philip, daughter Zora, grandchildren Alora Jean and Dayna Michelle, all of Mont Vernon, his sister Ann Louise Denehy of Brookline, many nieces and nephews, several cousins, and his close friend of 20-plus years, Leigh Donaldson of Portland, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to SHARE Outreach Inc., 1 Columbus Ave., Milford, NH 03055, or at www.sharenh.org.