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AMESBURY - Norman J. Stuart, age 91, passed away on February 28, 2018 at the Merrimack Valley Health Center in Amesbury.
Known to some as "Murphy" and to many others as "Uncle Norm", Norman was a long-time resident of Amesbury where he resided with his significant other of 42 years Marie Campbell. Born June 15,1926 in Newburyport, Norman grew up in Church Point, Nova Scotia. He was one of nine children born to Bernard J. and Sylvia M. (Doucet) Stuart. At the age of 19 Norman moved to Amesbury and worked for his uncle's building company, L.E. Stuart and Sons. Norman became a skilled woodworker and worked as a carpenter under his own name until he semi-retired at the age of 62. For many years after, he worked for his nephews construction company Albert M Stuart, of whom they shared a special father like son bond. This is where Norman met some of his most loyal friends that remained close to him throughout the rest of his life.
At home, Norman enjoyed working on and around the house, even up till the last couple years he was caught changing shingles on the roof. In the years from 1986 to 2015, Norman and Marie spent winters at their home in Sebastian, Florida. He loved the warm weather, working around the house and happy hour at the Tiki Bar. As a young man, Norman played for the Amesbury Maples with several of his cousins He also was one of the owners and very involved at the Stuart family rink. Norman's favorite indulgence was a 5 lb lobster he received from his nephew Albert on Father's Day. Each and every day Norman would don the American flag on his lapel and could be recognized for years as a regular at Sailor Bills, Whistling Kettle and more recently the Morning Buzz.
He was quite a character and known for his many one-liners. If someone was acting up, he would say they "didn't know beets from rhubarb". He never liked motorcycles and would tell you to "dig a big hole and bury them all." And even on the coldest winter day he would say goodbye and tell you to "stay out of the hot sun". Norman had a big sense of humor and an even bigger heart. He was one of a kind and will be very missed!
In addition to Marie, Norman is also survived by his brother, Alfred Stuart and wife Vivian of Church Point, Nova Scotia; brother, Roland Stuart and wife, Angele of Saulnierville, Nova Scotia; his nephew, Albert Stuart and wife, Barbara of Amesbury and their children, Jason Stuart and Ashley Springman; Niece Karen Cole of Miamisburg, Ohio; niece, Donna Curtis and husband Bruce of Newmarket, NH; Marie's sons, Mark, Scott and Shawn; and many, many nieces and nephews in the US and Canada. He was predeceased by siblings, John, Doris, Elizabeth, Wilfred, Bernard and Alice.
A funeral Mass for Norman will be celebrated on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Holy Family Parish Church 2 School St. in Amesbury followed by burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery. A reception will follow in the Holy family Parish Hall. Arrangements are by the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home in Amesbury.
Published on March 7, 2018
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