Norm Van Dine

Norm Van Dine passed
away peacefully at Miles
Memorial Hospital on August,
26, 2015. He was born
February 3, 1923 in Beverly,
to Florence and
Arthur Van Dine.
Growing up in
Beverly, he found
his passion for the
ocean and became
an accomplished
sailor and SCUBA
diver. As a youth,
his family and extended
family would summer in
the White Mountains of
New Hampshire. There he
developed his love for the
mountains and became
an avid skier; skiing well
into his 80’s. He carried
his love of the mountains
throughout his life and it
is where he met the love
of his life, Peg (Jardine)
Van Dine.
In 1942 at the age of 19,
Norm enlisted in the Navy
for Naval Aviation. He became
an Aviator and flight
instructor piloting the
F4F, Wildcat. He was commissioned
to the Aircraft
carrier USS Fanshaw Bay
(CVE-70) on the Pacific
Ocean. He received the
American Theatre Ribbon,
the Victory Ribbon and
the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon.
After securing the rank of
Ensign, he received Honorable
Discharge in 1945. After
WWII, Norm was asked
by the Navy to stay on as an
aviation instructor but the
call of the mountains and
skiing pulled at him. He returned
to New Hampshire
and purchased a cabin in
Pinkham Notch, Jackson,
NH. While on ski patrol at
Black Mountain he brought
an injured skier into the
North Conway Hospital,
thereupon meeting his future
wife, Peg. They were
married in 1947.
Norm and Peg moved
back to Beverly, MA, to begin
their family, bringing 2
daughters into the world.
While working at United
Shoe, Norm attended
Boston University and received
his B.S. in Geology.
Norm was a man always
inquisitive and excited
about all the new technology
developing at that
time. He became involved
with marketing and sales
in the microwave field of
technology. Norm was a
person who "never met a
stranger": he was in his element
with marketing and
sales. In his burgeoning
career, he joined Sanders
Associates in Nashua, NH.
Norm and his young family
moved to Amherst, where
they lived for more than
20 years. During those
years in Amherst, Norm
was an active member in
the community and developed
lifelong friendships.
Following retirement,
Norm and Peg moved from
their home in Amherst to
settle in Nobleboro,
ME. Norm
was not an idle
man, and became
quickly involved in
his beloved community
of Lincoln
County. He served
as president of the
Nobleboro Historical
Society, was actively
involved in Spectrum
Generations, and was famously
known as a docent
for the Knox Museum in
Thomaston, ME. There, he
brought history alive for
many school children and
tourists. He was the Master
of Ceremonies for the Nobleboro
Apple Fest. During
his retirement, Norm
enjoyed the pleasures of
having his children and
grandchildren visiting
him. He shared with them
the Maine Coast through
his passion for sailing. He
loved to travel and frequently
visited California
to visit his daughter, sonin-
law, and granddaughters;
bringing with him his
love for history, geology
and the ocean. Whether
on the West coast or the
East coast he exuberantly
shared this knowledge
with his much cherished
Norm lived a full and
interesting life. He had
the unique ability to turn
strangers into friends and
was always the life of a
party. He will be missed,
but will live on through his
children, grandchildren,
and many "Norm Stories,"
always shared with a
chuckle. Norm’s last years
were spent as a resident
of The Lincoln Home community.
There he was able
to maintain his very active
life and have the wonderful
care and friendships of
Lincoln Home Community.
Norm is preceded in
death by his wife Peg.
Norm is survived by his
daughters, Gretchen
Hutchinson and her husband
Kim, Karen Di Marcello
and her husband
Austin; his sister, Gloria
Cann; 4 grandchildren,
Erik, Erin, Azzurra and
Bianca; and 3 greatgrandchildren.
A Celebration of Life
will be held Saturday,
September 19th at 1:00 PM
at the Lincoln Home, 22
River Road, Newcastle,
ME. Hall’s of Waldoboro
has care of the arrangements.
To extend online
condolences, light a candle
in Norm’s memory,
or to share a story or picture,
please visit his Book Memories at