Kenneth H. Normand, 58: Family man made a lasting mark

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Kenneth Herbert Normand, 58, died Sept. 12 at Maine Medical Center, after enduring 48 years with diabetes and 22 years with sarcoidosis lung disease.

He was surrounded by those who meant the most to him: his wife, their three children, spouses and a few other family members.

Normand was born in Portland on Oct. 7, 1955, the oldest of four children of Arlene Hamilton. He was raised by his grandparents in North Yarmouth, and attended school in North Yarmouth and Cumberland. In June 1982, he married Diane Louise Freeman, and together they created a family, which was his greatest joy.

Normand worked for 15 years building lobster traps at Anderson & Sons. He later became a lobsterman, and worked for the Yarmouth School Department. He also worked at Val Halla Golf Club as a groundskeeper, rebuilding sand bunkers and creating rock walls, his signature touch throughout the course.

In his free time, Normand enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family, hunting, fishing, camping and taking Sunday hikes.

He was a proud father of his children’s accomplishments, and will be remembered by his family as a quiet, humble man who actively observed life. He taught his children the value of family, love and forgiveness of one another.

Normand is survived by his wife of 33 years, Diane; his son, Kenneth Aaron Normand; daughter, Sara Ruth Normand, and fiance, Ryan Malcolm, all of North Yarmouth; son, Shane Robert Normand, his wife, Katelyn, and their expected child, of New Gloucester; siblings, Debbie, Susie and Jim LeClair, and a large extended family.

A time of visitation and a memorial service were held Sept. 22 at the Bible Believing Baptist Church, in Gray. Burial was scheduled in Walnut Hill Cemetery, North Yarmouth.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Normand’s memory to stopsarcoidosis.org.

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