ST. ALBANS — Ken passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Franklin County Rehab Center after a very long and difficult struggle with Alzheimer’s. He was in the arms of his high school sweetheart and wife of 53 years Gloria Jacques, and other family and friends. He was born Thursday, Oct. 10, 1940 in Saint Albans, Vt., Son of Otis Norcross and Lillian (Peters) Norcross.
Ken was a graduate of BFA in St. Albans, and served his country in the US Navy. May 19, 1962, he married Gloria Jacques.
Ken joined the Fairfax Troop 53 Scouting Program and served for many years. “Mr. Ken” mentored many young boys in the troop and we are sure those young boys have fond memories of him. Ken and Gloria traveled a lot with our very dear friends and traveling buddies, Jim and Fern Mercure. Thanks for the memories and now he is in the Co-Pilot’s Seat. His biggest accomplishment in life was his Three boys. He always got an extra sparkle in his eyes when he talked about his ‘Three Marines.’ Tom and Trudi McEnany will always have a special place in his heart. Ken was self-employed most of his working career, retiring in 2008 due to illness.
A special thanks to the staff at Franklin County Rehab Center for all the TLC shown to Ken and Gloria over the past two years. You all have a special bright star in heaven and he is smiling down upon you.
Ken is survived by his wife Gloria Norcross; his three sons, Stephen Norcross and his wife, Alda, of Essex, Vt., Jeffrey Norcross and his wife, Lois, of Shickshinny, Pa., and Scott Norcross and his wife, Debbie, of Stafford, Va.; six grandchildren, Anna, Jordan, Alicycia, Daniel, Jessica and Kurtis; two great-grandchildren, Akacia and Adalyn; one sister, Mildred Shepard; a brother William Norcross and his wife, Althea; and several nieces, nephews and family members. He was predeceased by his parents Otis and Lillian Norcross, a brother Lawrence Norcross, and his sisters, Rita Goodenough, Leona Young, Marion Myers and Eugenia Hubbard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Angels Church Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. with Monsignor Reid Mayo celebrating. Interment will follow in the Norcross family lot in St. Luke’s Cemetery in Fairfax. The family will receive condolences from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday in the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., St. Albans. Online condolences may be sent to his family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vt. 05495, or the Franklin County Rehab Center, 110 Fairfax Rd., St. Albans, Vt. 05478. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.