Charles Desmond Norman
August 2, 1928 – April 10, 2021
Charles Desmond Norman (Desi), 92, Beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather passed on Saturday April 10,2021.
Charles was born August 2, 1928 to Charles H. Norman and Anita Smith Norman. He was the youngest of five children, sisters Elaine Greenwood, deceased, Helen Martin, Gloria Garrett and brother Leroy (Sonny). He grew up on the Jersey shore, Asbury Park, NJ.
Charles graduated from Asbury Park High School, received a Nursing degree from Rockland State Hospital and held a BS in Hospital Administration from Monmouth University. He was a Veteran and served in the Korean War. In 1958 he married Lillian Page, from Asbury Park, NJ. They had two children Janet Norman Daniels of Richmond, VA and Helaine Dolese (Tyrus) of Destrehan LA.
Charles’ caring nature led him to a career in nursing. He was a Registered Nurse and worked as an administrator at Marlboro State Hospital in New Jersey for over 40 years. He was a lifelong learner and avid reader, keeping a list of the many books he read. He enjoyed watching sports, everything from football to tennis to billiards. Charles loved traveling and spent many a summer traveling the USA camping cross country twice and up and down the east coast a multitude of times. Desi, as he was known to family, loved gathering with family and friends and was a fierce competitor at card and board games. He loved to swim and did so as often as possible whether in the ocean or in the pool.
Upon retirement he and Lillian moved to Nathalie, VA where they became Master Gardeners and enjoyed their many acres of land. They spent their early years of retirement cruising abroad, from Jazz Cruises, and travel to Africa, South America, Asia, the Mediterranean, to a 96 Day World cruise. In 1996, they moved to Richmond, VA to be closer to their grandchildren Taylor Daniels (Richmond, VA) and Kirsten Daniels (Timonium, MD).
Charles will also be missed by 4 Step-Grandchildren Ty (Paulette), Ryan (Angela) Dolese, Katie (Drew) Guajardo and Emily Dolese, and 6 step-great grandchildren, Joshua, Patrick, Luke, and Sophia Dolese, and Rebecca and Charlie Guajardo.
Charles leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 62 years, Lillian, two daughters and grandchildren, sisters Helen Martin and Gloria Garrett, Nieces & Nephews: Anthony (Merle), Albert (Eva), Joyce, Desi (Laurie), Ralph (Ellen), Jo-Ann and Anita (Tredick). Cousins Glenda, Tavia, Ardele, Marsha, Susie, Frank, Florence, and many more family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at Woody Funeral Home 1771 N. Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229 on Friday May 7, 2021 at 5:00pm
The family asks, in lieu of any other acts of kindness, that a Memorial Donation be made to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Memory of Charles D. Norman.
A Celebration of Life
Friday, May 7, 2021
Charles Desmond Norman
May 7, 2021
Mom, Janet, Helaine, Kirsten and Taylor:
My deepest sympathy for your loss. He was my 2nd Dad. I spent most of my time at your house and considered myself part of the family. I listened to all his great advice and his stories. He took time out of his busy life to watch Janet and I run around the lake in spring Lake. He would follow us in the cold in his car. He made me want to get better at track. I remember our trips to the Penn Relays. I will treasure all these memories and so much more because he was such a great Dad. Thanks Dad for always being my wonderful father . I was lucky enough to have you in my life and will treasure that always.
April 30, 2021
Desi was a wonderful person, a family man and a good friend. What I remember is he always had a joke! It was great to be around and always there to help. I will miss him.
Anthony & Merle Greenwood
April 29, 2021
Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure
You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
A life well lived is marked not by the number of years but by the quality of that life which has enriched the lives of so many others...