Cecil, Norbert J.
Birth: Saturday, November 17, 1928 in Great Mills, Maryland
Residence: Beverly Hills, Florida
Death: Thursday, May 03, 2007 at the age of 78
Laid to Rest: Saturday, May 19, 2007 in the Holy Face Church Cemetery, Great Mills, Maryland
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Norbert J. Cecil died May 3, 2007 in Lecanto, Florida.
He was the son of the late John Allan and Rosie Booth Cecil of Great Mills. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Madeleine Messier Cecil of Beverly Hills, FL, daughter, Kathleen Cecil and husband Edward Smith of Great Mills, son, TJ Cecil and wife Roberta of West Hartford, CT. , son, Timothy G. Cecil and wife Theresa of Burlington, CT and daughter Maureen McLeod and Dan Estrella, grandchildren Cody, Garrett and Carson Smith of Great Mills, Cooper and Griffin Cecil of Burlington, CT, Colin and Malcom McLeod and Arianna Estrella of Bristol, CT. He was preceded in death by his brother John Thomas Cecil and also leaves behind his sister Cecilia Canfield of Bakersfield, CA, sisters Marion Tennyson and husband Jim Tom Tennyson of Mechanicsville, and Rose Allan Dement and husband Stewart Dement of Mechanicsville and sister-in-law Ann Cecil of Ellicott City, and many nephews and nieces.
Born Nov. 17, 1928, he grew up on his parents farm, working in their country store and helping out in the post office. He walked to Little Flower school, graduating in 1942 and went on to board at Mt. St. Joseph's high school in Baltimore earning his diploma in 1946. He attended Mt. St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, graduating in 1949 with a degree in Economics.
He joined the Army National Guard in 1950 then joined the Air Force. He married Molly at St. Nicholas Chapel December 8, 1951 and soon was sent to Officers training school in San Antonio, graduating to 2nd Lieutenant. Deployed to Korea in 1953 as an Aerial Photographer, he was sent back home six months later after the signing of the truce. They bought and renovated a cottage on the Potomac River in Tall Timbers before moving to Hartford, Connecticut. There he worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft while studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hartford.
He recieved his degree in 1958 and built a home in beautiful Burlington surrounded by lakes and mountains. He worked for Royal Typewriter before landing a job with Stanley Tools, raised four children and retired in 1986. After 32 years in Burlington, they had a house built in the retirement community of Beverly Hills, Florida. He stayed busy there being involved with the Beverly Hills Association, Civic Association, Fishing Club, Breakfast Club, Lunch Club, Ballroom Dancing and was in charge of the Christmas light design and layout of over 100.000 lights at the Beverly Hills Park many years. They enjoyed traveling and sight seeing. They bought an apartment that he completely renovated in Pequabuck, CT and spent many summers in the mountains visiting family and friends.
Norbert was an avid woodworker designing and building a curio cabinet, grandfather clock, buffet and many other heirlooms that are treasured by his family. He taught himself how to carve and carved caricatures of people to give as presents. He and his daughter built a replica of on old church which is still on display at the Burlington Library. He loved Maryland seafood, his favorite being oysters and baked stuffed rock fish. He loved ballroom dancing with his wife on special occasions. He was a very loving, honest and devoted family man who cooked pancakes and his mother's country sausage for his family every Sunday morning after attending mass.
The family received friends May 7 at Fero Funeral home in Beverly hills and a service ws held May 8 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, FL. He was cremated and a grave side service will be held May 19 at 12:30 at Holy Face Church cemetery with a reception following at the Brass Rail.