1929 – 2017
Thompson, CT – Norman F. Babbitt of Quaddick Town Farm Road was called home to the Lord on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was born in Webster, MA on February 20, 1929. He was the son of the late Albert C. and Edla (Svenning) Babbitt. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Mary (Rice) Babbitt; his brother, A. David Babbitt and his wife Margaret of Thompson; his brother in law’s, James Rice and his wife Theresa of North Grosvenordale, and John Rice and his wife Elizabeth of Thompson; his sister in-law’s, Helen Miner of Putnam, Jane Nichols and her husband Ralph of Brimfield, MA, and Jenny Beaudry of Southbridge, MA; numerous nephews; and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother, Marvin Babbitt.
Mr. Babbitt taught Industrial Arts at Hillhouse High School and Troop Middle School in New Haven, CT for over 25 years. Before earning his B.S. degree at Central Connecticut State University and pursuing his career in education, he worked as a tradesman carpenter and surveyor.
Upon his retirement, he and his wife returned to Thompson and established their new home in East Thompson. During the next 20 years, Norman became involved in many volunteer activities and organizations. His favorites were working with and for the hard of hearing, children’s camps, especially the Hole in the Wall Camp, the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group and a variety of Veterans causes and organizations, along with his church, Emanuel Lutheran of N. Grosvenordale. He received many awards and recognitions for his volunteerism. The proudest moment he had was when the Veterans Room at the Thompson Town hall was named in his honor. Veterans Day and Memorial Day were two of his greatest concerns. He sold poppies, he fostered programs at the Thompson Public Schools for Veterans and worked tirelessly to assure that the Thompson Memorial Day parade stepped off at 9:00 a.m. sharp….and without a hitch for the entire day. His concerns were genuine and to the point of actually painting both the VFW Post building in Quinebaug and the TEEG building in N. Grosvenordale by himself.
Norman was a Korean War Veteran receiving three battle stars while serving in the 25th Infantry Division. He was a member of the Oscar Swanson Post #67 American Legion. He held many positions within Post #10088 VFW of Thompson. He served on the Board of TEEG of Thompson, The Corner Stone Quinebaug Lodge of Masons #122, a Lifetime member of the Valley Springs Sportsmans Club and served on the Church Council of Emanuel Lutheran Church of North Grosvenordale.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service for Norman that will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 83 Main St., North Grosvenordale, CT. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. Memorial donations may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 221, N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.