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PORTLAND — Stanley John Norbert, 81, of Falmouth, died Jan. 14 surrounded by loving family at Maine Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born on a farm in Wales, on Jan. 4, 1930, he was the son of Lithuanian immigrants, Stanley B. and Pauline (Diringis) Norbert.
Raised in Lewiston by his widowed mother who labored in the city’s mills, he grew to emulate the values she lived her life by — devotion to family, friends, civility, compassion, optimism and hard work.
He graduated from Lewiston High School, Maine Maritime Academy, the University of Maine at Orono, and served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and the U.S. Navy.
Over the years he worked in quality control at S.D. Warren, Raytheon, and Fairchild Semiconductor, where he made life-long friends.
On Aug. 4, 1956, he married Joanne Hall of Lewiston, and moved to Portland where they raised seven wonderful children.
Favorite family memories include road trips to North Conway, summers at Goose Rock’s Beach, picnics and games at Wolfe’s Neck State Park, and trips to Quebec and Montreal.
He was passionate about spending time with his friends and family, especially his beloved grandchildren.
His hobbies included music, photography, tennis, traveling and baseball, and much to his children’s chagrin, he was an avid Yankee’s fan.
He proudly traced his family roots back to Lithuania, where he made several trips, and was joyfully reunited with long-lost cousins.
Family and friends will remember his optimistic spirit, his humor, and his belief in the goodness and dignity of all people.
His final Christmas gifts to his family were personalized photo albums that he had worked on tirelessly during the last year of his life. The albums will be treasured by family for generations to come.
His family would like to thank the professional and compassionate staff at Maine Medical Center’s Special Care Unit for their kindness during his brief stay.
He was was predeceased by his sister, Olga “Billi” Maloy, and a dear grandson, Elijah.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Joanne of Falmouth; four daughters, Mary of Portland, Paula and her husband, Rich Westley of Kennebunk, Karen and her husband, John Sprague of Kennebunk, and Margaret of Wells, and three sons, Christopher of Falmouth, Stephen and his wife, Kim of Portland; and William of Portland; eight beloved grandchildren, Abby, Matt, Elizabeth, Kate, Emma, Liam, Sam and Erin; many special nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Bill Maloy of Falmouth, and Fred Hall and his wife, Charlene of Lewiston.
A memorial visitation will be held at Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 673 Stevens Ave., Portland, on Friday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Tree Society, P.O. Box 518, Bath, ME 04530 or to The Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Maine Medical Center, Development Office, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.
Please visit jonesrichandhutchins.com for additional information and to sign the guestbook.