Norman D. Marshall
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Norman D. Marshall, 82, of Greenville Rd., died June 28, 2014.
Born in Blackstone, MA he is the son of the late Isadore Thibeault and Jeanne (Forget) Marshall. He is the adopted son of the late Manuel Marshall and the brother of the late Jeanne Letondress.
He leaves behind his wife of fifty-seven years, Florence (Spirito) Marshall, son Scott Marshall and his wife Caroline, and son Gary Marshall and his husband Christopher Perrault, all of North Smithfield. He attended Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket. He was also a member of the Morning Star Lodge of the Freemasons.
Mr. Marshall is a near lifelong resident of North Smithfield where he was a dairy farmer and an employee with the Coca-Cola Company, a position that he held for over thirty years until his retirement. Besides his family his true passion was aviation. He held a private pilot license for much of his life and spent countless hours flying, restoring airplanes and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow pilots. He also had the talent of being able to fabricate or fix almost anything he set his mind to; and the farm that he grew up on and loved is full of his signature work. His family and friends will have fond memories of his unique sense of humor, style, and him driving his cherished Ford Galaxie 500 convertible (his hair was always perfect). He was also driven by his quest to find the perfect order of fish and chips and the perfect flavor of ice cream, two missions that he devoted a significant amount of time to when he wasn't restoring a car, a tractor, or helping a friend in a pinch. He left the confines of this mortal existence while in the home of his childhood and in the company of beloved friends and family.
Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the RI SPCA, 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI 02915 or to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 No. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.
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