OBITUARY

Norris J. Drew

March 25, 1931September 14, 2018
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Norris J. Drew, Jr., 87, of Fairhaven passed away September 14, 2018 at Our Lady’s Haven after a battle against cancer. He was the husband of Beverly (Filochowski) Drew for 48 years.

Born in New Bedford and the son of the late Norris and Claire (Benjamin) Drew he was a resident of Fairhaven the majority of his life. He was employed by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority in New Bedford until his retirement.

Since his childhood, he was an avid sports enthusiast. He was a proud member of Fairhaven High School’s Hall of Fame 1949-1950 varsity basketball team that won the New England Class B Championship. After graduation, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marines Corps in defense of our Nation and deployed to Korea as a Forward Air Controller during the Korean War during which he richly chronicled the experience with photos. In 1955, he was honorably discharged from the United State Marine Corps as a Private First Class. Upon his return to Fairhaven, he worked several jobs in the shoe, textile, and construction industries. He built his family home on West Island with his brothers and friends where he lived for 49 years. On any given day, you would find him passionately discussing, debating, or watching the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Red Sox.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; a son, Lyle Drew, a Colonel in the United States Air Force, of Warner Robins, GA; daughter, Darlene Nadeau, of Fairhaven; a brother, Stephen Drew and his wife Phyllis of Mattapoisett; a sister, Natalie Maloof and her husband Jim of Merrimack, NH; 3 grandchildren, Nathan, Kailee, and Hunter Nadeau; and 6 nieces and 3 nephews. He was the brother of the late David Drew of Fairhaven.

His family would like to express their gratitude for the exceptional care provided to him by the professional staff at Our Lady’s Haven.

Flowers or a donation to the American Cancer Society at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Norris_Drew or check mailed to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 would be welcomed.

His memorial service will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10:00AM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven. Relatives and friends are invited. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00PM. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Burial Friday, September 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Norris J. Drew

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Sandra Pickel

September 26, 2018

As a friend of Darlene's I want her to know how much I admired her Dad. I will always remember his kind, respectful way towards everyone at Dermatology Services, Inc. The years that Mr. Drew would greet employees along with his daughter, Darlene, will always stay in my memory.

He is a person that will be missed......but always thought of fondly.

Sandra Pickel

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Biography

Norris J. Drew, Jr., 87, of Fairhaven passed away September 14, 2018 at Our Lady’s Haven after a battle against cancer. He was the husband of Beverly (Filochowski) Drew for 48 years.

Born in New Bedford and the son of the late Norris and Claire (Benjamin) Drew he was a resident of Fairhaven the majority of his life. He was employed by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority in New Bedford until his retirement.

Since his childhood, he was an avid sports enthusiast. He was a proud member of Fairhaven High School’s Hall of Fame 1949-1950 varsity basketball team that won the New England Class B Championship. After graduation, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marines Corps in defense of our Nation and deployed to Korea as a Forward Air Controller during the Korean War during which he richly chronicled the experience with photos. In 1955, he was honorably discharged from the United State Marine Corps as a Private First Class. Upon his return to Fairhaven, he worked several jobs in the shoe, textile, and construction industries. He built his family home on West Island with his brothers and friends where he lived for 49 years. On any given day, you would find him passionately discussing, debating, or watching the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Red Sox.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; a son, Lyle Drew, a Colonel in the United States Air Force, of Warner Robins, GA; daughter, Darlene Nadeau, of Fairhaven; a brother, Stephen Drew and his wife Phyllis of Mattapoisett; a sister, Natalie Maloof and her husband Jim of Merrimack, NH; 3 grandchildren, Nathan, Kailee, and Hunter Nadeau; and 6 nieces and 3 nephews.
He was the brother of the late David Drew of Fairhaven.

His family would like to express their gratitude for the exceptional care provided to him by the professional staff at Our Lady’s Haven.

Flowers or a donation to the American Cancer Society at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Norris_Drew or check mailed to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 would be welcomed.

His memorial service will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10:00AM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven. Relatives and friends are invited. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00PM. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan.com