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Norman J Poitras

July 21, 1932April 3, 2021

Norman J. Poitras (Mr. Poit), 88, of Harwich, MA, N.Fort Myers, & formerly of South Easton, MA passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 3.

Norm was born on July 21, 1932 to Joseph & Mary Poitras in the city of New Bedford, MA. After Norm graduated from New Bedford High School in 1950, He attended New Hampton Prep and Colby College.

After graduation, He worked as Credit Manager for Sears in Brockton and Natick, MA for over 20 years. In 1954 after being honorably discharged from the Army, he convinced his father, Joseph to quit working in the Fall River Mills and opened Poits Drive In Restaurant in Eastham on Cape Cod with his parents. After he left Sears he ran Poits until he retired in 1985 and moved to N. Fort Myers returning to Cape Cod every summer to live with his family and help out at the business Norm and his dad, Joseph built. Norm was passionate about Poits and loved what he did for a living. He loved to sing with his friends & grandchildren, play the banjo, piano & the accordion.

In high school he was on the basketball and football teams and has been inducted into the New Bedford High Football Hall of Fame. He met Dolores Barboza in high school and they married in 1955. Norm & Dolly went on to have 4 children, Daniel, Diane, David & Donna.

While raising his children in South Easton, MA, Norm was heavily involved in the Jaycees. He was instrumental in the formation of the Easton Jr Hockey League where he served as President. He also was a driving force and played a pivotal role in the start of the 1st Oliver Ames High School Hockey Team. When Norm retired in 1985 he co-founded an all-Senior volunteer organization to feed the hungry & homeless in N. Fort Myers, Florida called Wake Up America which continues today. Friends knew Norm would give you his shirt off his back. He would count his family as his greatest success.

Norm was predeceased by his parents Joseph & Mary Poitras, his infant daughter Diane and his wife Dolly. He is survived by his sister Patricia Aubut, son Danny and his wife Linda, son David and his wife Eileen, daughter Donna and her partner Mark Ryder. In addition Norm was extremely proud of all his grandchildren, Adam & Jarrod Poitras, Samantha Welch, Jacob & Joshua Poitras, Amanda Henderson and Kelly Griswold; great grandchildren Jeremy Poitras, Xavier Poitras, Braxton Poitras, Jackson & William Griswold, Madelyn, Kennedy & Haley Henderson along with many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private. Please consider a donation in Norm’s name to: Wake Up America 10945 Lone Palm Ct, N.Ft. Myers, FL 33903

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Janet Flanders

April 15, 2021

Sending all my love and sincere sympathy to Dave and his entire family at this time. Lucky to have memories that date back to 1980 -one stand out memory was staying at Poit’s cottages with Debbie Re while Dave and Colie worked at the restaurant that summer. Norm and Dolly -always the best hosts (although we had to help Dolly clean some cottages to support our stay!) Always welcomed friends to their home! Norm (& Dolly) RIP in heaven together ❤️

Kathy Aalpoel

April 8, 2021

Dear Danny, David and Donna,
I am sorry to hear that your dad passed away. Your dad was always so kind to me as a neighbor and also as a babysitter for Donna back in the early 70s! If I recall correctly your parents went to every hockey practice and game while Donna and I spent the time playing games, watching tv, and making Jiffy Pop popcorn! We had so much fun together! When your parents returned home your dad would stand outside just to make sure I safely ran across the yard to my house next door. I'm so happy he was able to enjoy many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And kudos to him for his work helping to feed the hungry in Fort Meyers, Florida.

Glenn Corbett

April 8, 2021

Danny, David, and Donna,
My sincere condolences to you and your families. I have so many great memories of spending time with our families at the cottages in Harwhich every summer.. Fires on the beach, boating, and of course it wouldn't have been complete without a visit to Poits Drive In. May you all find comfort in the wonderful memories of your Dad.

Harry Thomasson

April 7, 2021

Such a wonderful man, such a wonderful family. Much love from my family to the Poitras family, always.

Gladys Fontes

April 7, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Norman’s passing. We always enjoyed our conversations about New Bedford. He was always so welcoming to us at Lake Fairways and never gave up trying to sell us a house. Linda and Danny, you were always checking on him and doing your best for him. Remember all the happy memories. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Gladys Fontes

JoAnn Wright Scott

April 7, 2021

Danny, David & Donna

I am sad to hear that Norm has passed. My sisters Sally, Penny & I were hired by Norm and worked with all of you back in the late 1970's. Norm was a fun and interesting man who shared his passion of food and feeding people with everyone. He took great pride in every detail of the kitchen and taught his help well. It took him forever to trust me with cooking the fried fish! He always had the oldies rock music on and sang to every song. I was there the summer Elvis died and was moved at how deeply Norm felt the loss.
I have more recently had the pleasure of meeting two of his grandsons Adam & Jarrod through my husbands nephew Jeffrey. His legacy and your beautiful family shines brightly in them both!
JoAnn Wright Scott

Scott Gordon

April 7, 2021

Danny, David, and Donna,
So sad to hear the passing of your father. Will forever remember his pre game speeches to me which started with “Bugs” holding his hands together in the shape of a puck then pointing between his legs with a firm “no no no.” Thankful for giving me the opportunity to work my first job,of selling hot dogs at Crossroads, then onto the snack bar at the rink ,the snack bar at Easton CC, then to running the kitchen at the Poits restaurant in Easton. Valuable life experiences in responsibility.
I will forever remember the great times at the backyard rink he built, sitting by the fire as he played the banjo or playing hearts in the kitchen. A lot of great childhood memories!

Ralph Ferrigno

April 7, 2021

May God allow you all to dwell on the many fond memories you have shared and be comforted by knowing how well-respected Norm was. Our paths crossed early, as we met at Sears in 1957, then many more times over the years, through hockey, JCC and on the Cape. Remembering Norm and Dolly always brings a smile to my face. God Bless!