Mark Norton

Mark Norton

Wednesday, November 21st, 1962 - Saturday, June 13th, 2020
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“U.S. Air Force Veteran”

SILVER SPRING MD Mark Edward Norton, age 57, of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away peacefully at Casey House Montgomery Hospice on June 13, 2020.

Have you ever received a hug so big, so wide that it made you feel like home? This was the standard Mark greeting, filled with love, comfort and genuine joy to see you. Mark received his call to heavenly duty on 6.13.2020. This new assignment came with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with friends and family he has not seen in a long time.

Growing up in Waterbury, CT, surrounded by women, his mother Judy and his three sisters Deborah, Kamala and Dawn; Mark embraced the role as the protector using his 6'-2" frame to his advantage. He took pride in teaching his sisters to take no crap, to correct their posture, and to make their own money. He adored each of them dearly, even allowed his best friend Ray to marry his sister Kamala. When it came to HVAC and plumbing, Mark was one of the best in the business and he loved working. Having spent 39 years in the trade, and 20 of those years owning his own company - Mark E. Norton HVAC and Plumbing Inc. He took pride in his work and it showed having been rated A+ in the Better Business Bureau.

He excelled at his business, learning his trade, living within his means, mastering the game of chess, and reading any history book that came his way. He had a strong appreciation for old craftsmanship, debating copper over pex, the Patriots, UConn women's basketball and watching classic movies. After a long day's work he had a serious love for food and an appetite to prove it. Always with a special request for Arabic food, because he said it felt like "home". His distinct, hearty laugh could fill a room. He loved to reminisce about old stories. And with a bigger heart his stories always had impactful lessons. Mark was a generous giver, it brought him true joy to spend his vacation time driving to CT to install a new boiler or help reroute plumbing at his sisters' and niece's homes.

A people person by nature, Mark took interest in everyone that came his way, showing humility to all. Even during his last days he took hold of his nurse's hand to thank her for her service. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force and his words "ever forward, never back" will continue to live on.

Left to honor his legacy and remember his love and memories are his sister, Deborah (Norton) Vanasse and husband Raymond, his sister Kamala (Norton) Dion and her husband Raymond, and his sister Dawn Marie Spina, his father Thomas Earl Norton of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and his nephews; Jason Vanasse and wife Raquel, Jeffery Vanasse and his wife Suzanne of California, Raymond Seth Dion of West Palm Beach, Florida and his niece Brittney Mayo and her husband Nick. He also left behind 4 great nephews and one great niece.

Funeral Services for Mr. Norton will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020 when a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Francis Xavier Church 625 Baldwin St Waterbury at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow with full Military Honors at the State Veterans Cemetery, Bow Lane Middletown. Those planning to attend the Mass or burial are reminded that Phase II State restriction are in effect as well at the Archdiocese of Hartford guidelines must be observed at all times. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home 1987 East Main St.@ Southmayd Rd. Waterbury, CT 06705 has been honored to assist the Norton family during this difficult time. To honor Mark's memory please consider a donation to Boys Town Inc. PO Box 8000
Boys Town, NE 68010 or at Memories last only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Norton family on Mark’s tribute page at
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Zach Lipson

Posted at 10:20pm
I knew Mark since I was about 10 years old when he came to my parent's house to fix our boiler. More than 25 years later and he was still coming to service the boiler, which he eventually did replace after telling my mom for years it was time to get a new one, and he regularly helped me with properties I manage that had plumbing or heating issues. He was always there to help whether with a repair or a tricky situation.

I have fond memories of Mark both from when I was a kid and now as an adult. He imparted his wisdom, sage advice and pride upon me from a very young age and I still carry it with me today. He constantly reminded me about hard work, doing the right thing and treating the customer how you would like to be treated. He embodied a warm and welcoming attitude that was infectious. For such a big guy, you would have thought Mark would be a tough and intimidating person, but he really was a lovable and sensitive teddy bear. I had seen this over our years of friendship that spanned many different relationships -- from being a plumber, HVAC repairman, client to most importantly, my good friend. I dearly miss him and hearing him shout "HEY ZACHOOOO!!" when he would greet me with such cheer. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Zach Lipson

Kamala Dion Posted at 03:47pm

Zach, you described Mark perfectly. It fills our hearts and gives us comfort to read about such fond memories you had of our dear brother. Thank you ♥️🙏✝️

Dawn Odrowski

Posted at 10:49am
I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to Mark’s family. Word of his passing just recently made its way to my condo community in Washington, D.C.

Mark was my HVAC contractor for several years. He was recommended highly to me by a neighbor and I, in turn, recommended him to others. He knew the intricacies of our old buildings and I trusted his skill, admired his clear enthusiasm for his profession, and liked him as person. As a first time homeowner, he always took the time to patiently answer my questions and went the extra mile to show me the ropes. I will miss him greatly. I felt very taken care of knowing he was just a phone call away.

I’m heartened to know he had such a loving family (and a sister with a given name we share!)

Warm Regards,
Dawn Odrowski

Deborah Vanasse Posted at 08:14pm

We are all thankful for your condolences Dawn. Mark was very special person and will be missed.

Marina Volkov

Posted at 10:50am
I am so sorry to hear about Mark's passing. He was my go-to guy for so many years. Whenever I had a plumbing problem, there was Mark. Honest, hard-working, and always available. As I look around my apartment, just about anything that touches water has been worked on by Mark. And he always answered his phone, and he always came as quickly as he could. But I have to say my favorite thing about Mark, and what I would tell everyone that I gave his contact info to (and that was many), was the way he would treat the young men he would bring with him when he had a big job to do. I always assumed they were apprenticing with him. I would hear him patiently but thoroughly explaining exactly what they were doing, and why they were doing it. Hopefully they are out there following in Mark's footsteps, being as careful, thorough, thoughtful and kind as he was.

Kamala Dion Posted at 12:02am

Thank you so much for sharing . It is comforting to hear good thoughts about Mark. God Bless. Kamala ( Mark’s sister)

Erika Dickstein

Posted at 04:57pm
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Mark. He was a special guy. I knew him only professionally. He was the HVAC contractor when my house was redone and we had the pleasure of working with him after that. He was meticulous, honest, and a genuinely nice guy. The anecdote I have that sums up my feelings about him though has little to do with our HVAC system. It happened a number of years ago. He had come to our house to fix something or other and when he was done, my daughter (who was young at the time) and I were playing Go Fish. Almost kiddingly, I asked him as he was walking out almost kiddingly if he wanted us to deal him in. He sat right down at our dining room table and played a few rounds of Go Fish with us. He wasn't just another plumber.

Erika Dickstein and Todd Rosenberg

Deborah Vanasse Posted at 05:59pm

Thank you 😊

Dawn Marie Spina Posted at 10:13pm

Thank you, Erika, for sharing! I'm smiling right now thinking of my brother playing Go Fish with you and your daughter! 😀

Kamala Dion Posted at 12:17am

Mark spoke of that day to me. He and I laughed about it. He said that you had an adorable daughter and he played Go Fish ... I said did you really? He said , sure did ! Haha I love it! Thank you for sharing. Mark had a kind spirit and that I will miss most. Kamala (Mark’s sister)

Linda Lipson

Posted at 09:02pm
Mark has left many impacts and memories over the 20+ years that he took care of our home and us. I look around and see the boiler he was so happy he replaced; he persevered and always conquered the most difficult of plumbing and HVAC challenges. He also found time in his work to share stories and a smile. He was a very warm, generous, totally trustworthy presence who took great pride in his work and in making sure he did the best job possible. He always enjoyed having conversations and also occasionally a cup of good coffee. He will be missed, and also remembered. May he rest in peace. Linda Lipson

Dawn Marie Spina Posted at 09:55pm

Thank you, Linda for sharing!

Kamala Dion Posted at 02:27pm

Thank you so much. Your thoughtful post blesses our hearts and is a great source of comfort. We are proud of our brother and how he always did his best at whatever he did and with a smile. 🙏♥️✝️

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