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Robert G. Norton
Robert G. Norton, age 90, a resident of the Bloomsburg area for 60 years, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Born on November 8, 1931 in Pittsburgh, he grew up in Donora, the youngest of 10 children, the son of the late Joseph J. Norton and Sarah F. Norton.
Bob was a 1949 graduate of Donora High School and a 1953 graduate of Slippery Rock State Teachers College where he met the love of his life, the late Patricia A. (Duffy) Norton. Bob was the captain of the Slippery Rock basketball team and played No. 1 on their tennis team. He spent 2 years in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 and married Patty in 1955. Bob coached and taught at Karns City High School and at Upper St. Clair High School from 1955 through 1962. He earned his Master’s Degree in 1960 from the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1962, Bob was recruited to become the head basketball coach at Bloomsburg State College while also serving as a professor and supervisor of student teachers. Bob coached basketball and tennis at B.S.C. until 1967 when the administration requested that he move into student life. He served as Dean of Student Life and Assistant V.P. of Student Life until his retirement in 1991. Over that span of years, Bob was known to be devoted to his students, doing anything to help them through their education and professional lives. He was the advisor for the Community Government Assn. and the International Students Assn., among many other organizations. He also took the lead in creating the on-campus child care center, managed the university health care contracts and the contracts for food service at the Scranton Commons.
Bob was the personification of loyalty and devotion. His wife Patty and his six children were his prime focus. He was a humble but highly devout Catholic and was in the first class of Eucharistic Ministers. If you were Bob’s friend, you could count on him for anything. If you had been a student or player on one of his teams, you held a special place. Bob was an avid sportsman, playing basketball in his younger years, golf in his later years and tennis his whole life. He had tennis friends from Pennsylvania to Missouri, Arkansas and Florida. For many years, he made annual November trips to play tennis for a week in South Carolina and Florida with a group of these friends and his son Gary, during which the group would celebrate Bob’s birthday with hilarious parties.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife Patty, his sisters Elizabeth Terza, Helen Norton and Margaret McConville and brothers John Daugherty, James Norton, Raymond Norton, Eugene Norton, Ralph Norton and Paul Norton.
Bob’s surviving children are R. Gregory Norton (Joann), Gary E. Norton (Samantha), Joseph J. Norton (Laurie), Amy L. Chesonis (Al), Timothy J. Norton (Pamela) and Kevin P. Norton (Heather). Grandchildren who will miss their Papa are Jessica R. Norton, Gregory J. Norton, Robert G. Norton II, Kenneth L. Norton, John W. Norton, Aishlinn S. Norton, Tomas P. Chesonis, Sarah M. Chesonis, Katherine P. Chesonis, Julia M. Norton, Madeline R. Norton, Maxwell J. Norton, Sullivan P. Norton, Brady A. Norton and Maeve E. Norton. Bob will also be missed by his great-grandchildren Jocelyn and Kyleigh.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron St, Bloomsburg, with Bob’s former pastor and good friend, Father Patrick A. Devine, officiating. Friends will be received at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. prior to the Mass. Burial will follow in New Rosemont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron St., Bloomsburg, or to the Bloomsburg University Foundation, 50 E. Main St., Bloomsburg PA 17815.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg.
Make a donation to THE BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION INC in honor of Robert G. Norton
A candle was lit in memory of Robert Norton
Carla Shank Aug 19 2022 8:18 AM
To all of the Norton Family...Lou & I just learned of Bob's passing. It gave us mixed emotions...those of happy times & sad times, but always of warm & wonderful memories of a man who touched so many lives. Bob's life made an impact on all he met and touched with his welcoming smile. He ran the good race, he reached the Goal, he left his mark. God rest you Bob. You will be remembered in our prayers. Rest In Peace old friend. Give Patti a 'kiss' from us. Joyce & Lou Mingrone & Family
Joyce M Mingrone Aug 18 2022 9:59 AM
The world was truly a better place for having Bob Norton in it.
Dwayne Brouse Aug 16 2022 8:50 AM
My condolences go out to the entire Norton family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Father is now in a much better place and together again with your Mother...
Joe Gillespie Aug 14 2022 4:35 AM
Judge Gary Norton and Family: My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Father. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Rita Inklovich Callender Aug 13 2022 12:40 PM
What a wonderful, caring man. Many great childhood memories ♥️
Debbie Miller Mears Aug 12 2022 3:03 PM
I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He raised a great son! My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Rebecca Ermisch Aug 9 2022 9:45 PM
Judge Norton and Family: Please accept our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your father, Robert. We read his obituary, and was amazed at how accomplished he was. We hope and pray that the precious memories that you, your family and everyone that knew him hold, help you all through this difficult time. Best wishes, Wayne R. Rapkin and Helen M. Koschoff.
Wayne R. Rapkin Helen M. Koschoff Aug 9 2022 9:32 PM
With our deepest sympathy to Judge Gary Norton and the Norton family. Your father was very accomplished and excelled in both academics and athletics. We will all meet again in the next life. Bill Amesbury S.J. and family
William Amesbury Aug 9 2022 9:14 AM
Melva and I were sad to learning about Bob’s passing. We first met Bob and Patty in 1973 when I joined the BU faculty. As the years went by it was always a pleasure to work with Bob. He was admired and respected by all who knew him. I had the opportunity to work closely with Bob in the development of the Campus Child Center. Bob and I along with Don Camplese were able to create a Campus Child Center were none had existed before. The services that the Center provides the students enables them to attend the university knowing that their children are cared for in an supportive environment.That the Center still operates today is a lasting tribute to Bob.
Bob was a good man that fared deeply about his family and the university. He will be greatly missed.
Bill and Melva OBruba Aug 8 2022 7:49 PM