EAST BERKSHIRE — Norman A. Doe, age 81, a much loved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son and brother passed away peacefully on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with his loving family by his side.
He was born Sept. 26, 1932 in Sheldon, Vt., the son of the late Aubrey C. and Yvonne (Roberts) Doe.
Norman was a 1950 graduate of Richford High School. He was a lifelong dairy farmer in East Berkshire and also enjoyed sugaring and building/ carpentry work. He especially enjoyed helping his children build their homes. Norman was very active in the Berkshire community serving on the school board, fire department and as justice of the peace. He was also a member of the Masons Missisquoi Lodge # 9 of Richford and the Elks Lodge #1566 of St. Albans. Norman and Betty also enjoyed traveling around the country. He was a train enthusiast and enjoyed the opportunity to travel cross country via train.
Norman Doe was the patriarch of the Doe family. He was a powerful presence, always greeting family with a big loud “Hello” and an even bigger bear hug! He raised his six children on a Dairy farm in East Berkshire, where he was able to teach them many life lessons about hard work and family values. Many gatherings took place in his farmhouse on King Road, where friends and family always knew they could just open the door and be welcomed to have a seat and chat for a while. In his later years, Norman enjoyed giving buggy rides to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many holidays and celebrations have been held there throughout the years, always with a huge feast and warm fire, and Norman’s absence will be greatly felt in the years to come.
Norman and Betty also had a camp on Lake Carmi for many years. It was a summer home filled with lots of love and laughter, Sunday cookouts, fireworks on the Fourth of July, puzzles on a screened in porch for rainy afternoons, and loons on the lake. The camp was a place where Norman was able to teach all of his grandchildren to waterski and to hold on tight because grandpa could really get the boat going!
In 1985, Norman and his wife bought a home to enjoy winters in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all have wonderful memories of spending vacations with Norman and Betty and they loved welcoming them all and having special one-on-one time with each family. They enjoyed many days at Disney and SeaWorld with all the young ones over the years, and were always happy to open any of their homes to friends and family!
Those who knew Norman knew he was a solid family man who built a strong foundation for his family.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (King) Doe of East Berkshire. Norman and Betty were married on Sept. 13, 1951. He is also survived by his children and their spouses, Randy and Anne Doe of Berkshire, Debra and Alan Chagnon of Berkshire, Terry and Diane Doe of Berkshire, Ricky Doe and his fiancée, Mary Anne Duell, of St. Albans, Jamey and Beverley Doe of Berkshire, and Marsha and Dale Larose of Franklin; his grandchildren, Jason Doe, Dominic and Linnea DeRosia and BJ DeRosia, Eric and Karen Chagnon, Matthew and Erika Chagnon, Tyler and Randi Chagnon, Aliza, Joshua and Bethany Doe, Laura and Wade Cole, Charles Doe, Travis and Stacy Doe, Amy Doe, Elizabeth and Kyle LaVigne and Hannah Larose; 18 great grandchildren; his sister, Evelyn Cross of St. Albans; his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Nancy and Richard Bouffard of Milton and Linda and Henry Fil of Hadley, Mass.; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Norman was predeceased by his granddaughter, Kristen Doe; his daughter-in-law, Betty Doe; his sister, Madaline Colomb and her husband Gerald; and brother-in-law, Gerald Cross.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the East Franklin Union Church, 4610 Lake Road, East Franklin with Rev. Jason McConnell officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Visiting hours will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Norman’s memory may be made to the Northwestern Medical Center – Palliative Care Program, 133 Fairfield St., St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Franklin County Rehab Facility – Resident Activity Program, 110 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, VT 05478.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Norman’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.