OBITUARY

Norman Winn Hutchinson

November 7, 1941January 2, 2021

HUTCHINSON, Norman W. "Norm"79, passed away surrounded by his loving family January 2, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. He was born November 7, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Lee Andrew Hutchinson and Georgie Bell. In 1947, his family moved to Florida, where he graduated from Plant High School in 1960 and joined the U.S. Air Force. He was an Air Operations Specialist and Morse Intercept Operator stationed in Pakistan. While serving, he was a member of the United States Air Force Security Service and was tasked with monitoring, collecting and interpreting military voice and electronic transmissions from countries of interest. In 1964, he married his former wife, Patricia Enriquez, and moved to California, where they had daughters Monica and Michele. In 1970, he brought his family back to Tampa when his father, Hillsborough County Auxiliary Sergeant Lee Andrew "Andy" Hutchinson was killed in the line of duty. Norm was the owner/operator of Hutchinson's Lawn Service, working alongside his brothers for 30 plus years before his retirement. He met his current wife, Patricia Wuckovich Hutchinson, in 1982 and they were married January 8, 1983, adding her two daughters, Vicky and Robin, to their family. They would have celebrated 38 years of marriage this year. The other love of his life was baseball and he was heavily involved in supporting area minor league teams and served as booster club president of the Tampa Tarpons for many years. He was on the committee for the Friends of Al Lopez to erect the statue that still stands today in Al Lopez Park. He served on the Florida Diamond Club of Major League Scouts and College Coaches throughout the state and assisted with their annual awards banquet. Next came the state high school baseball tournament where he served on the awards committee. Finally, since 1991, he devoted countless hours as the Site Coordinator for the annual Tony Saladino Baseball Tournament. He was a vital member of the volunteer staff and his contribution to the support and showcasing of area high school baseball players is immeasurable. One of his proudest Saladino moments was watching his grandson, Dane, participate in the tournament in 2010. He was respected and loved by the Saladino staff and was always the first to arrive and the last to leave. In addition to baseball he was an avid sports enthusiast and collector. He enjoyed watching football, Nascar and baseball, including all of the sports events of each of his grandchildren. He also traveled each year to Indianapolis to attend the Indy 500 with treasured family and friends. He was passionate about his family and reveled in hosting his annual Christmas Eve Dinner. He is survived by his loving wife, Pat; his daughters, Monica Metzger, Michele Adams (Creighton), Vicky Jones (Greg), and Robin Schultz (Sean); four grandchildren, Dane Moore, Jordan and Jamison Metzger, and Gabrielle Schultz. He is also survived by brother, Charles Michie; sister, Carolyn Steffy; three sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lee and Steve Hutchinson. Norm was always willing to make the sacrifice for the sake of his team. He would lean into a pitch and take the bruise. He would go to bat for anyone. He was selfless. And like a pitcher leading his team onto the field, everyone wanted to be there with him. Seventy nine seasons into the game, his legend is revered and we will be first in line to nominate him to the Hall of Fame. He was a legend and we are his adoring fans. We are proud to have been drafted to the same team. Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.

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AL Lopez, Jr

January 11, 2021

Please accept my condolences and my thoughts of appreciation that I and my family owe to Norm for all the time and effort Norm spent on the "Friends of Al Lopez" and for his work and dedication on behalf of the baseball community and for his work with Tony Saladino on the Tony Saladino Tournament. Norm was a "do" er that will be greatly missed by all in our community. Al Lopez, Jr.

Jerry Upcavage

January 8, 2021

I loved Norm, we called him Uncle Norm at the Indy track. That’s how I met him when I met Billy Robinson and DJ, a.k.a. the Lutz boys. I was privileged to know and eventually be included into special core group of diehard Indy fans and Uncle Norm Helped guide my naïve way through the track and updating me on the history as I walked around with wonder. I will I will miss Norm but he will always be in my memory Whenever I am at the hallowed ground of Indianapolis. Norm I’m going to eat a tenderloin in your memory and yes I will have heartburn afterwards but it’s for you my friend. Love you buddy, Jerry

Dennis Davie

January 8, 2021

Pat, Vicky, and Robin,

My sincerest condolences and heartfelt thoughts & prayers go out to your entire family.

I've known you all for decades, and quite frankly, I'm not sure if I ever got to be a small part of another family through the years that was quite like yours. One where love and closeness pressed itself out over generations, from the grands, the parents, siblings, and through so many cousins, more than it does across yours. And that's rare. It was always something incredible to be around. As the years went by and unfortunately, I never got the chance to know Norm and I feel like that's something I'd truly missed out on. The effect he had on those he loved and those around him, was obviously, infinitely loving and good.

I know how difficult it is, but I know as well Norm knew just how amazing a family he was blessed with, and how much he was cared for by so many loving friends and family.

All my love - Dennis

Nick Nixon

January 7, 2021

Wow, what a shock. We were friends and AF comrades since 1962. We always "stayed in touch" but sadly drifted a bit over the years. We had first weddings 2 weeks apart when stationed at Eglin AFB to 2 girls who were best friends (go figure). We vacationed at the Hutchinson Tampa home every year when our kids were tiny. Always had a great time at Tarpon games and hours of legendary "Aggravation" games. He was always bombastic and sucked the air out of every room he entered. He was (for a very long time) my best friend and I loved him. This one really hurts. You will always be in my heart "Hutch" and I'm sure you're in heaven right not getting that place organized. You were the bedt.

Alice Hutchinson

January 7, 2021

I have so many loving and funny memories with Norm. He really loved his family and sports. He loved going to watch the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews with their sports.
He loved to go fishing with his brothers and camping.
He is dearly missed by all of us.

Michael Erwin

January 7, 2021

Grew up with Norman. Several of us rode with him to Plant High School. After retiring we all met up together. We witnessed Norman and Pat giving back to the community by helping run the Tony Saladino baseball tournament for many years. Norman was part of our every Friday lunches where we enjoyed many memories and stories. Rest in peace my friend. You will truly be missed.

Terry Mills

January 6, 2021

Norm’s brother Lee lived right across the street from us on Ivy St. How many times we would see and have conversations with the “brothers” after they returned from a day of landscaping. We all called him Uncle Norm and my sons played baseball at the same time as his grandson Dane so we were always running into each other at games and tournaments. Always had a talk with him at Saladino. So many fond memories. He was such a kind soul and will be truly missed by all. My condolences to the family. We love you all and even though we have not seen much of you all the last few years you are in our hearts and prayers always.

Denise Reddick

January 6, 2021

Norm was one of a kind, a great Husband, Father and Grandfather. He made a difference in the lives of so many. Our hearts are with the Hutchinson Family. We hope that soon your grief will become happy memories of a life well lived with love and happiness.

The Reddick Family

Thomas & Dene Wuckovich

January 4, 2021

Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. He was always a kind and gentle-hearted person and I am certain he will be missed.

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