Robert Ruiter Norris, 76, of
Shoreham and Bristol, died peacefully surrounded by his children on January 16,
2018 at the Helen Porter Nursing Home, Middlebury, VT. Born May 25, 1941 in
Newport, VT. Robert was a Dairy Farmer at Norris Bros Farms for 50 years with
his brothers Terry and Gary, as well as a real estate agent in Shoreham.
Retirement in 2007 allowed
Robert the opportunity for world travels with the New Horizons Club at the National
Bank of Middlebury. He enjoyed trips to Kenya, Australia, Italy, Greece,
Caribbean, Alaska, Panama, and many day trips within New England that meant so
much to him. Bob fed off the energy of connecting with people, he had a huge
smile and heart to match,that saw the best in all whom he met. He carried with
him a motto that strangers were just people he hadn’t met yet.
He moved to Bristol in
retirement and enjoyed daily coffee with the Old Farts at Cubbers and Bristol
Federated Church, along with many church dinners, band concerts and family
gatherings. He had many special friends wherever he went. Bob loved his family,
loved to laugh and loved life. He will be missed immensely.
Family was his biggest pleasure.
One of 15 children, he is pre-deceased by his parents Helen (Buck) Norris and
Kenneth Norris, and his siblings Ken Jr, Mahlon, Winston, Vernie, Glen and
He is survived by his children:
Jessica (Brian) Reilly of Canton, MA, Megan (Tommy) Frankovic of
Cornwall, Jed (Erika) Norris of Shelburne, Ashley (Ben Trevail) Norris of
Middlebury and Alyson Norris of Orwell; Step-daughters Carrie, Amanda and Tammy
Munger; his four grandchildren, Anna, Aven, Dylan and Milo; brothers and
sisters whom he was very close to: Norma Sheehan, Anita (Ed) Oberle, Jack
(Maureen) Norris, Jean (Ted) Konstantino, Dixie Bassett, Gary (Kay), Pete
(Dolores), Terry (Diane) Norris, also survived by sisters in law Mary,
Rachel, Mabel, Betty, Flora, and Norma Norris as well as many special nieces,
nephews and friends.
Services will take place on
January 20th at 10 am, at the Federated Church in Bristol, VT.
Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to the Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Middlebury, VT. His
family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the staff at Helen
Porter, UVMHC-PMC, Bristol Rescue and MREMS for their superior care and
compassion over the years. To send online condolences to his family please