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Floyd J. Norton (1925-2020)

Floyd J. Norton

PHILLIPS - Floyd J. Norton, 94, passed away on May 12, 2020 at his residence in Phillips.

Floyd was born on Box Shop Hill in Farmington, on Aug. 12, 1925, the son of Archie Nelson Norton and Agnes Dunham Norton Harnden.

He was educated in the schools of Fairbanks and Madrid, and attended Phillips High School, going into the Army during World War II. He resided in Worcester, Mass. for several years, where his name appears on the Veterans’ Monument in Quinsigamond Square, later returning to Maine where he married Evelyn Webber on June 25, 1950.

He was a lover of the outdoors, serving as a Maine Registered Guide for over 50 years. He and his wife owned and operated Echo Valley Lodge in Phillips for many years, enjoying the company of his guests and later teaching his grandchildren the pleasures of the outdoors, fishing and hunting. He was a lumberman for most of his life, he and his sons owned Norton Lumbering. After retiring, he worked cutting trees into his 90s. He and his wife enjoyed several winters in Florida, where he played golf as a pastime. He was a member of the Hewey-Coffin Post American Legion of New Portland and Blue Mountain Lodge AF&AM of Phillips.

Floyd was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn Norton and is survived by his three children: two sons, Gerry and wife Jan of Phillips, Kevin and wife Roberta of Madrid; a daughter, Deronda and companion Darin of Gorham; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his companion of the past few years, Dawn.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Floyd’s memory to the Sportsman Alliance of Maine, c/o Kevin Norton, 670 Reeds Mill Rd., Madrid, ME 04966.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. Sad to hear this. My Dad worked for him at one point in my younger life . My condolences to Gary and Kevin and the rest of the family

  2. Sorry to hear of Floyd passing condolences to the whole Family. Beanie and Lauraly.


  3. My condolences to the entire family!

  4. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Gerry, Jan, and Dawn, your memories of his smile and great sense of humour will warm your hearts.
    Was our great pleasure to have known Floyd and golfed with him at our Florida residence. SALUTE FLOYD 🥃

  5. My condolences from Mike and Louise to Gerry, Keven and Deronda. I lived on the same street with them and memories of playing ball with the family.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers to the Norton family!

  7. Sending our deepest sympathy to the Norton Family

  8. I had the pleasure of Floyd's company for over 50 years and it still wasn't enough. Just a great man and valued friend.

  9. My condolences to Floyd’s family and friends. I’ve enjoyed the wit and humor of Floyd for a lifetime in Western Maine. Gerry and I started college together studying forestry, once when visiting at the echo valley lodge, I was telling Floyd the value of pruning some of his lovely white pine. Floyd’s answer “Michael, the only way I’ll be pruning those white pine is when they are lying on the ground “! Followed by a big smile and laughter 😀
    I’ll miss his stories. Michael, Margaret and Mauno

  10. So very sorry to read of Floyd's passing. My grandparents, Harland & Zilpha, were their neighbors for years so the Norton's were always neighborly and I thought we were all related. Floyd and Evelyn were the best of friends with Uncle Bob and Aunt Gin. I was glad to hear when Floyd started a relationship with Dawn. They made a wonderful couple as well. My sympathies go out to the families that I am sure will cherish their wonderful memories of their Dad and his life. He had lumbering in his blood. Take Care and God Bless!

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