Norman P. Fitch, 78: Mt. Abram and Sunday River ski instructor

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Norman Porter Fitch, of North Yarmouth died at the Hospice Center of Charleston in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Sept. 5.

Fitch was born in Cambridge, Mass., March 26, 1935. He attended schools in Auburndale and Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn. Fitch served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. In the Army, he was a Specialist Four stationed in Panama. After leaving the Army, Fitch returned to Massachusetts, where he met his future wife, Sandra Shelton. They married in 1961.

Fitch attended Northeastern University and graduated in 1964 with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering.

Fitch and his wife settled in Medfield, Mass., where they raised their family. He spent his professional life working as a salesman for the Foxboro Company. Fitch loved the outdoors and sports, especially skiing. He and Sandy bought a family camp, the “Cat’s Meow,” on South Pond in Greenwood, in 1964, in order to be closer to the lakes and ski slopes of Maine. Fitch taught his own children how to ski and eventually joined the Mt. Abram Snow School, became a certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and taught for more than 20 years at Mt. Abram and Sunday River. He also worked in the ski rental shops at both areas. Fitch was known as “Captain Video” to many generations of avid skiers. 

He was also a tennis player and golfer. A member of the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass., until he moved to Maine, Fitch was a United States Tennis Association certified umpire. In Maine, he played golf as a member of Val Halla’s Twilight League for many years and worked as a groundskeeper for over 15 years at Falmouth Country Club and then at Toddy Brook Golf Course. Fitch was an active member of the Lions Club in both Medfield and North Yarmouth.

He was predeceased by his wife in 1998.

He is survived by his daughters Laurie Fitch, and Tammy Fitch Johns  and husband Benton; grandsons Jesse and Dylan Johns; brother Samuel A. Fitch Jr. and sister Linda Fitch Buckminster.

A memorial service was held at Miles Road Baptist Church in Summerville, S.C. A celebration of his life is scheduled for Nov. 9, beginning at 3 p.m. at Mt. Abram Ski Resort in Greenwood.

Donations in his memory may be made to Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, Maine 04261.

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