Henry R. Noring, 93: Antique appraiser donated time, talent to others

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PORTLAND — Henry Robinson Noring, 93, of Portland, died peacefully Sept. 15 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, following a short illness.

Noring was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a son of Henry N. and Blanche R. Noring. After attending Deering High School, he graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

During World War II, Noring completed training as a merchant marine officer at Maine Maritime Academy, and then served honorably as an engineering officer aboard the troop ship USS Bartholomew Gosnold.

For most of his professional career, Noring was employed at Engineering Services in Portland. In addition, he was a trusted and highly respected appraiser of estates and antiques.

He generously shared his time and knowledge. For example, he compiled a comprehensive inventory of the contents of Victoria Mansion, the historic 19th-century house and museum in Portland. In recognition, he was made a life member of the Victoria Society of Maine. For nearly 15 years, Noring also volunteered to lead an antiques study class of the Westbrook College Woman’s Literary Union.

Noring was known for his keen sense of humor and his dapper dressing, which usually included a pressed suit and a bow tie. He was well-read, always conversant about current events, and enjoyed hearing the ideas and opinions of others. For many years, Noring regularly attended performances of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and he especially enjoyed summer concerts with the Kotzschmar Organ.

Noring was predeceased by his brothers, Benjamin and Robert, and his sister, Barbara Welch.

He is survived by his son, Joseph Chawes, of Westbrook; his sister, June Durost, of Jay; and his nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Black, Judy Diaz, Betsy Haney, William Welch and Frank Welch.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family suggests that any memorial donations be made to Gosnell House.