Albert J Norgeot
November 1, 1941 – June 22, 2019
Albert "Skip" Norgeot passed away on June 22, from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Born in Hyannis in 1941 to Marcel (Pete) and Dorothea (Nina) Norgeot, who predeceased him. Skip was raised in South Orleans and died on Saturday in his home, only a few hundred feet from where he first came ashore.
Skip is survived by his children, Gina (Truman) Henson, Jeff (Gretel), Christian (Christine), Walt (Eric), Beau (Sara) and Laird (Lauren). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Truman L, Lindsay, Lee Ann, Marie, Nathan, Andrew, Jack, Freya, Nina and Leona and by 9 great grandchildren, Clover, Truman C, Meadow, Ethan, Blake, Violet, Vivian, Willow and Sarah. Also, his brothers Peter and Marc, their large extended families and by his former wives, Donna Dodge and Cynthia Whitman- Bradley.
A true salty Cape Codder; fishing, diving, clamming, hunting and marine construction had Skip working and playing on or around the waters of the Cape since he could walk. Running a skiff on Pleasant Bay was as normal for him as for most kids riding their first bike. He enjoyed the herring run, arrow heading, spawning shellfish at his Quanset hatchery and sharing all that he knew. He always stressed that folks should listen more and to learn from Mother Nature. Skip attended Orleans schools and the boat building division of Barnstable Trade School.
At 16 Skip bought land on the Outer Beach of Nauset and on his own, built a hunting camp with guidance from family and friends. His youthful hunting prowess led to a feature article in Outdoor Life sporting magazine about his guiding a quail hunt over a field dog. That year he signed on with the fledgling Cultured Clam Corp, the earliest known effort to grow clam and quahog stock from seed for propagation in local waters. From there, Skip was recruited to D.W. Clark Marine Construction in Woods Hole, where he moved his young family and learned the craft of heavy marine construction including the installation of timber piles and decking to accommodate the fleet of large vessels at the Oceanographic Institute. After 3 years he returned to Orleans to become the Harbor Master and Shellfish Warden at the ripe old age of 24. Working in that capacity for 4 years, he left the Town's employ to start up Anchor Marine in 1968 which he ran until passing the business on to his sons in 1988. During the middle 70's he established AMAR Labs, a floating salt water endeavor fostering aquaculture and in the mid 80's founded The Newfoundlander Shop, a fishing and hunting shop located at the current Pause A While location. Anchor Marine remains a flourishing business today.
Skip is the owner of 26 Giddiah Hill Road, the current location of Pause A While, the vibrant home of 12 step programs serving over 200 people per day on the Outer Cape. It is Skip's dream to have the Pause A While group acquire this important property.
Skip was an uncomplicated man, kind and spiritual. He is soaring now on the wings of a hawk over Pleasant Bay, surveying events and keeping a sharp eye on the waters Skip called his back yard. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am on Friday, August 23rd at St. Joan of Arc 61 Canal Road, Orleans, MA. 02653.
Memorial donations may be directed to Pause A While Inc., PO Box 554, Orleans, MA 02653; or any cause of your choosing, or simply help someone in need while remembering Skip's own good turns. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
St. Joan of Arc
61 Canal Road
Albert J Norgeot
July 6, 2019
You won't remember me. I won't forget you. I worked the waterfront around here until I saw no more future in it and shipped out. But before I did, I'll share a brief encounter you and I had at the shack at Quanset Pond a couple decades ago. I was launching one of my dinghies to go for a row and you were tending the shellfish nursery that you had started there. You were eager to show me around and I was interested. You had taught yourself how to census scallop spat and had counted some unbelievable number on a piece of burlap the size of a postage stamp. I was stunned and you said that you had had some failures and some outstanding successes. Once, you had grown out so much spat that you had 5 gallon buckets full of what looked like cream. Having once been the harbormaster/ shellfish warden, you asked the current warden what you should do with them. He told you whatever you do don't put them in Pleasant Bay as they are not certified clean, whatever that meant. I asked him what he then did with them. He just winked.
July 2, 2019
Skip was generous, could argue a point with anyone on anything, was adventurous, creative, inventive and immensely knowledgeable about Pleasant Bay and its environs. Woe be the scientist or environmental consultant that did not seek his council.
He befriended me as I was beginning a series of Earthwatch Expedition studies and a film on Pleasant Bay in the 1970's. His advice, guidance and assistance were hugely valuable not only to me but to legions of my students and colleagues from Harvard, MIT, BU and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. From Ruth Turner and Ken Read to Bill Sargent and Zack Zevitas and myself Skip opened his door, heart, hand and mind to us. I was honored to call him a friend and neighbor.
To Skip's wonderful extended family: keep strong and share the
encyclopedia of fun, raucous , insightful and heartfelt stories.
Pete & Alice Norgeot
July 1, 2019
Now He Has Crossed the Bar
(a short story about a good man)
Skip always loved the sea. It is where he felt at home,
Pleasant Bay was dearest to him. It was where he loved to roam.
He started planting shellfish seed on a shellfish grant he had,
The commercial fishermen objected, said it was just a fad.
He learned to quahog with his Dad by scuffing barefoot in the muck,
his toes would feel the shellfish he would grab. It was never luck.
His Dad would take him crabbing but Skip would have to row
to catch blue crabs at Muddy Creek where they often bit his toes.
Skip would always wander off, a “loner” tried and true.
He had a knack for finding spots that people seldom knew.
He loved to hunt but came home once, his left arm hanging loose,
the friend he had accompany him, shot him and not the goose.
Before he got shot and spoiled his pitching arm.
His speed and towering presence made opponents cringe from harm.
As Skip had aged he nurtured life, never contemplating cost.
Bad habits overcame his better sense, never seeing what he lost.
One good thing came from his mistakes when he be-friended Bill,
then offered up a place he owned to help those with that same will.
Skip was a good man, his heart as big as hell.
He lived with his decisions. He could not un-ring that bell.
His legacy SHOULD be passed along by his mentees and his kids,
as they remember why he cared, and how & what he did.
Those lives that Skip affected are like the many stars at night,
They shine more brightly now, he helped them to the light.
Fair Winds Skip!
Brother Pete - 2019
To all Skip's children and grandchildren,
You didn't just lose a Dad or Grandfather, you lost a great example of a way of life.
Peace & Love to all!
Gail Meyers Lavin
June 28, 2019
Skip is another icon of Orleans who has "left town" but will never be forgotten. A very special man. Beau was one of my nursery school students (I had a different last name) whom I remember with great fondness. Sending deepest condolences to Marc and Peter, Beau and all generations of the Norgeot family.
June 27, 2019
As another who grew up messing around on ”The Bay” I first met Skip at a very young age, and thirty six years ago he gave his blessing to my marriage to his daughter Gina. That proved to be the best decision I ever made, and one that I believe Skip never regretted. Over the many years since I have been fortunate to interact with him and the rest of the Norgeot family on countless occasions. I sometimes sit in wonder of how amazing Gina is as a wife, mother and Nana. As I now ponder the overwhelming memories of her dad I realize that she was taught from the youngest age how to love, be there for others, and dream. Gina, Jeff, Chris, Walt, Beau and Laird have had a tremendous role model and I think to myself, what a legacy for Skip to have left. My heart goes out to all the “boys”, and to Peter, Marc, and the entire Norgeot family, with the knowledge that the strength of family and friends will pull you through this difficult time, and quickly guide you to a point where untold things you see and hear will bring memories of your dad and a smile to your face. Thanks for being who you were, Skip, and Fair Winds!
June 27, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Norgeot family. Skip was a kind, understanding friend when I was in need of one, and is an inspiration to anybody that had the honor to know him. He will be truly missed, but his legacy will live on for eternity. Godspeed Skip...I love you.
June 26, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Norgeot family. Skip was a true friend to me. His wise and gentle encouragement provided me with the courage to enhance my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I can’t imagine the world, my world, without him in it.
June 26, 2019
I will always remember Skip as a kind and knowledgeable man who always had time to chat, especially when the topic was the outdoors. I never did figure out what the twinkle in his eye was all about, maybe he was just happy to be alive. He will be missed by many.
Susan Leigh Anthony
June 26, 2019
On behalf of the entire Anthony family, we extend our most sincere sympathy to Skip's family and close friends. He was a welcoming friend to us when we first landed in Orleans in the early 70's. Great men are few and far between. Skip was one of them. He will forever be in our hearts. Our prayers of comfort go out to his family.
June 23, 2019
I wish to extend my most sincerest condolences to all of Skip`s family and friends. I will always be indebted to Skip for his friendship and guidance in past times. I will be eternally grateful. Dear Skip, I wish you fair winds and wonderful following seas.