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Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA

OBITUARY

Norman Leslie Jenkins

March 13, 1929April 22, 2020

NORMAN LESLIE JENKINS, 91, of Hingham, MA, passed away much too soon on April 22, 2020 after a short battle with COVID-19. Born in Taunton, MA, on March 13, 1929, he was preceded in death by his parents, Eleanor Hall and Russell Eustis Jenkins, and by elder brothers Russell, Edward, and Howard. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Drusilla Fox, as well as daughters Kimberly Sterling (David) and Lynn Jenkins (Steve Weinheimer), sons Richard (Beth Alfredson) and David, and seven cherished grandchildren who knew him as Pop. Truly one of a kind, Norm was blessed with a sharp mind, abundant curiosity, a huge heart, and an insatiable appetite for life. He shared his gifts generously, touching lives and making the world better wherever he went. Norm attended Yale University on an ROTC scholarship. After serving in the Navy, he married Drusie, then earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and began a long, successful marketing career with Esso Eastern (later Exxon). His work took the family around the world and back. Living in Thailand and Japan created opportunities to travel widely in Asia, Europe, and Africa. These adventures had a profound impact on everyone in the family, sparking a lasting passion for travel and an ability to embrace new experiences enthusiastically. When Norm retired, he and Drusie returned to their New England roots, moving to Chatham, MA, where they created wonderful new friendships and memories. Ten years ago, they moved for the last of 18 times to Linden Ponds in Hingham and became richly involved in this warm and loving community. Throughout his life, Norm was a role model for servant leadership, volunteering his time and skills to his community, his church, his alma maters, the Linden Ponds community, and nonprofits whose missions he embraced. He always found time for favorite activities too. In addition to being an avid and talented golfer, he loved reading, writing poems, seeing the full moon rise over the ocean, tending his vegetable garden, woodworking, watching baseball (especially the Chatham Anglers), learning new technologies, barbecuing chicken for his grandchildren, coming up with ideas for Linden Ponds’ Great Decisions series, and doing puzzles with Drusie. Above all, he treasured times spent with family and friends, never taking these for granted. He is greatly missed, but his zest for life lives on in those he knew and loved. To honor Norm’s memory, the family asks you to count your blessings, tell loved ones how much they mean to you, reach out to someone new, lend a hand, serve your community, celebrate the full moon, and eat plenty of ice cream. Gifts in his honor may be made to the Linden Ponds Scholarship Fund, Linden Ponds Community Church, CapeAbilities, or a charity that is important to you. The family will hold a private celebration of Norm’s life as well as a gathering of friends at Linden Ponds when such gatherings can be held again.

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Peter Troy

May 9, 2020

Diane and I were so saddened to learn of Norm's death. Our condolences to Drusie. We always looked forward to seeing Norm and Drusie each summer at our Chatham Anglers games and to catch up on life and family. Norm was a gentleman and a gentle man. His friendship and kind demeanor will be greatly missed. Drusie, so sorry for the loss of your lifelong companion . Sincerely, Diane and Peter Troy

Wesley Drown

May 5, 2020

To The Jenkins Family,
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Norman. I have so many memories of him coming into the barber shop discussing the Chatham A’s and other sports. I always asked if it was no a good time to buy Exxon stock!!! He was a true gentleman’s and I will miss him.
Wes “the barber” Drown

Sarah Lovell

April 29, 2020

Throughout these past seven years working at Linden Ponds I have had the honor of meeting and becoming close with so many wonderful people. One of best of them was Norm. Ever since I started in eight grade Norm always pushed me to strive for the best. We had frequent life talks about my future, as he was always so invested in my life outside of work. He pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone, even convincing me to participate in the Linden Ponds TV show that aired throughout the community (I could not say no to him anyway). He was one of the biggest advocates for the Student Scholarship Foundation which meant so much to us student employees. He also did not hesitate to write me a letter of recommendation for the Barbara Hayes Scholarship, which I was grateful for receiving. Something he wrote in this letter that still puts a smile on my face is
“My wife Drusie and I have been involved in the Linden PondsScholarship Fund for close to 10 years, since its inception. In that time, we have seen many excellent students come and go on to college and their careers. Without exaggeration, we can say that Sarah is one of the most remarkable, if not the most remarkable, students we have ever met.
Drusie and I would have been proud to have her as our daughter….what better recommendation is there that that?”

Norm was the most caring man and an amazing friend. Although our time was short, you are someone I will never forget. Rest in the sweetest peace Norm 😇

Bobbie Fox Osadchey

April 28, 2020

Dear Drusie,

Please accept my condolences on Norm's passing. I was deeply saddened to learn that he succumbed to the COVID-19 virus. Shaul and I moved back to Houston after 10 years in Calgary and are happy to be here with family and friends.
I will try to call you in the near future but wanted to convey our sympathies now. Norm will be deeply missed.
Love,
Bobbie

Suzanne Fox

April 26, 2020

I have so many delightful memories of visits with Norm and my cousin Drusie in Chatham and then in Hingham, chatting about everything from family history to the stock market. Norm was ever the gentleman, yet always had a twinkle in his eye, ready to share a joke. I will be forever grateful to him and Drusie for looking after my parents while I was living in Nevada, three thousand miles away.

My deepest condolences to all the family. I grieve with them in this time of sorrow.

John Boyle

April 26, 2020

Broken hearted at the loss of our neighbor, Norm. Prayers for his loved ones.

Virginia Ober

April 26, 2020

My loving thoughts go out to you Drusie as I reflect on fond memories of you and Norm. Evie was your greatest cheerleader followed closely by Nancy....remember our lovely luncheon a few years ago. I am grateful that you have a loving family to sustain you. I loved this quote from Dr. Seuss "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened".

Rick Jenkins

April 26, 2020

I have many memories of my Dad. Too many to detail in a small space, so instead I will focus on who he was, which is what shapes most of my memories of him. I am very fortunate to not have any bad memories of my Dad. Like most, I remember getting in trouble growing up. However, I think he knew my biggest punishment was my feeling of letting him and my Mom down, not going to my room or the soap bar being jammed into my mouth (or the threat of it). My Dad was the kind of person you might remember because he would remember you. I can meet someone and five minutes later forget their name, but my Dad could meet someone and not only remember their name but something about them that he found out just by talking to them. He was sharp and inquisitive even in his final days and liked to share his worldly knowledge with others. He loved gatherings of friends and family, where he could not only learn but also teach. He gave legendary and sometimes long-winded speeches, drawing an occasional sideways glance from my Mom, but that’s a good thing and we would invariably laugh about it later. I would give anything now to hear him go on about global warming, the economy, ideas for improvements in his community, or his family history. In the days, weeks, months, and years to come I will continue to reflect back on his life and it will help keep me focused on the important things like knowledge, compassion, and selflessness. He was an angel in common man’s clothing. My sister Lynn recently joked that he his now in Heaven telling the angels how they could make it better up there, and that sums up my Dad pretty well. I miss him terribly and will strive to carry on his legacy. In his memory, my challenge to anyone and everyone, is to do something uplifting and positive for a family member, a friend, a neighbor, an organization, or even a stranger. If we all do that extra something, imagine him smiling down on us as the world becomes a better place.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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