Norman B. Leavitt, 77, longtime resident of Bridgewater, MA passed away in his beloved home on Thursday-Friday, January 3-4, 2019. He was born on September 5, 1941 in, Massachusetts to the late Mildred Irwin Leavitt and George Leavitt.
Norman is survived by siblings William Leavitt, Marilyn Jayne Cuddy and Judith (Robert) Sadler.
He is also survived and mourned by his niece, Sandra (Don McGaffey) Stone, and great niece Tiffany (Bert Tiger Whitehead) Colón. He was extremely close to great-great nephews and great-great nieces, Christian Colón, Bekah Whitehead, Joel Whitehead, Julian Colón, Noah Colón, Bianca Colón, and Joshua Whitehead. Great Niece, Heather (Craig) Dashner and their children, Jordan Dashner and Nicolas Dashner. Great Niece, Deborah (Mark) Carmack, and their offspring, Kyle Carmack and Sydney Carmack. Norman had many other nieces and nephews around the country.
Norman impacted everyone who met him especially his great-great nieces and nephews. Larger than life to him, they regarded him as a mentor. His humor combined with his discipline in work gave them something to aspire to. This is part of his legacy and will have a lasting influence on their lives.
Norman was fortunate to have a decades-long friendship with Kevin and Sandra Haynes, as well as their daughters also known as Norman’s “adopted” daughters and traveling buddies: Jennifer Haynes, Ashley Haynes, and Jillian Haynes.
Norman was predeceased by William “Skip” Ginn, his longtime partner, his parents, Mildred and George Leavitt and his sibling, Barbara (Harvey) Whitehead. Other siblings Norman was predeceased by are Margaret “Sister” Williamson, George Leavitt Jr., Charles “Bud” Leavitt, Robert Leavitt, Edwin Leavitt, and Nancy Lyford.
After working in different businesses, Norman, with the initial help and advice of his father, George Leavitt, additional help from Skip and business advice from his eldest sister, Barbara Whitehead, developed his own furniture shop-at-home business, a precursor to online shopping. Norman worked hard, offering quality products with good customer service and was successful. Norman and Skip loved to travel and for the last decade settled on Hawaii as their favorite annual destination. Norman’s avocation was keeping abreast of politics. He loved dogs and had several throughout the years.
A private funeral services will be held for family or friends on Saturday, Jan. 12.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in name of Norman B. Leavitt to the Central Square Congregational Church, 71 Central Square, Bridgewater MA 02324