Gerald William "Bill" Norton

February 1, 1927July 6, 2019

Gerald William "Bill" Norton, 92, of Holiday, Florida, died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Trinity Regional Rehab Center, Trinity, Florida.

Born February 1, 1927, in Endicott, NY, son of Dennis A. Norton and Florence Norton.

Attended Hooper School in Endwell through eighth grade in 1941, and graduated from Union-Endicott High School in 1945. He received an Associate Degree in Police Science from Broome Tech College in 1973, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from SUNY Binghamton in 1978.

Bill joined the O. L. Davis Fire Company (Endwell Fire Department) in May 1944 and served as an Assistant Chief and a life-time member.

Bill served in the NY Army National Guard HH Co. 2nd BN 108 INF., and retired after 20 years as Sergeant First Class E-7.

While in business with his father, learned Masonry and housing construction from 1945 to 1951.

In 1951 he took a job with the Broome County Sheriff's Department and worked as Communications Officer, Jail Security, Road Patrol Sergeant, SCUBA Rescue Team, Criminal Investigator and Detective Lieutenant, retiring in 1978.

Music was one of his greatest joys in life. He sang as a member of the Pasco County Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society for 26 years. He sang and acted in several performances at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Richey Suncoast Theater with the City Players of Clearwater Florida. Bill was a member of the Community United Methodist Church and sang as a Soloist in the Church Choir, and in the Jubilee Men's Chorus.

Bill was a volunteer for The Lighthouse for the Blind in Florida for several years.

Survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty (Silvernail) Norton, two sons William "Billy", New Port Richey, FL, and Robert (Joanne) of Endwell NY; three grandchildren: Christy (Scott) Simmons of Clarence NY, Janice Norton, of Endwell NY and Daniel (Colleen) Norton of Endwell NY. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Mykayla, Lucas and Adaline Simmons, Ava Scoville, Molly and Samuel Norton. Also survived by sister-in-law Mary Norton of Plattsburgh NY, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was predeceased by brothers Dennis O. and Roger (MaryJeanne), and his sister Emma (Ronald) Letavish.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, July 14, 2019


Gerald William "Bill" Norton

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Rich Griswold

July 12, 2019

I'm so ever sorry for your loss Bob. My sincerest condolences to you and your entire family. I have very fond memories of your father walking through the door when I first met him. Heaven gained three great men in under two weeks.

Janice Norton

July 11, 2019

I remember how Grandpa would ride to our house all the way from Florida on his big, niosy, extremely shiny, and beautiful motorcycle. I was always so impatient for him to arrive. When Gramps finally came I would get this all incoumpassing hug that made me think of Christmas. He always smelled just like the presents he and Grandma would send. It was a peaceful and, comforting scent.
Once when Gramps was at our house with his motorcycle I was allowed to go for a ride with him. Dad put his own helmet on me and off we went. It wasn't the longest of rides but I thought it much better than any other type of fair ride I had been on . I still do! Love 💘you grandpa, always and forever. Janice