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April 16, 2013

Thomas F. Norris Jr.

Thomas F. Norris Jr.

ONEONTA — Thomas F. Norris Jr., 77, of Oneonta, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his residence with his loving family at his side.

He was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Troy, the son of Thomas F. and Elizabeth (O’Donaghue) Norris Sr. He married Gail Faulkner on Aug. 6, 1960, in Watervliet.

Tom served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.

Tom worked until 2012 as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Cobleskill. From 1985 to 2001, he worked as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, from which he retired. Prior to that, he was a systems analyst for Avon Products.

Tom was involved in prison ministries (REC) in the Capital District area. While living in Cortlandt Manor, he and Gail were founding members of Holy Spirit Parish, where he was the Director of Religious Education, Confirmation Catechist, a choir member and a member of the Parish Council.

He also coached soccer for the Town of Cortlandt.

An area resident since 2001 moving here from Cortlandt Manor, Tom was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, singing in the choir, serving on the men’s Cornerstone Group Committee and the RCIA.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gail Norris of Oneonta; his children, Timothy Norris of Peekskill, Sandra (Roger) Schwoerer of Stamford, Conn., Susan (Francis) Norris-Olivia, of Norwalk, Conn., Kevin (Amy) Norris of Ballston Lake, Matthew (Dawn) Norris of Peekskill and Amy Norris of Mahopac; his grandchildren, Jack, Lily, Henry, Francis, Tomas, Emma, Abigail, Renee and Sara.

He is also survived by a niece, Sally Rushford of Watervliet, as well as several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Joan Chaloux.

A funeral mass will be offered on Thursday April 18, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, pastor, officiating.

Friends may call on Wednesday April 17, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or Habitat for Humanity, 291 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820

Condolences to the family may be made online at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

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