David Kermit Norris
David Kermit Norris, 76 (known by friends and family as Kermit) of Chatham, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Born in Canton, N.C. to Paul and Margaret Norris, Kermit grew up in the Carolina Beach area of N.C. He was married for 19 years to his high school sweetheart Betty with whom he had two children, David Jr. and Grace. He attended Methodist College in Fayetteville where in 1964 he was honored by Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges for his leadership, academic achievement and future promise. Furthering his interest in religion, Kermit went on to attend Boston University School of Theology. He served the Methodist Church as a minister in several N.C. parishes, and in Saugus and Lynn.
With a deeply held belief in social justice and making the world a better place for those in need, his career path led him to a role within the Department of Health and Human Services, serving as a liaison with the northern New England states.
An avid birder, Kermit was a founding member and a president of the East Boston non-profit organization Friends of Belle Isle Marsh. He contributed in many ways to the preservation of the Marsh and its natural inhabitants, drawing attention to a cause he cared about deeply.
Debbi and Kermit were married in 1981, lived in East Boston, later settling in Norwood where they raised their son Andrew. Kermit’s week was divided between living in Norwood and working with Boston Coach, and weekends at their family home in Chatham.
Following retirement to Chatham, Kermit could often be found scratching quahogs in Stage Harbor with Debbi and his father-in-law Amos. He could also often be seen with fly rod in hand fishing at any number of ponds and lakes, or on the ocean in pursuit of stripers and bluefish. He derived great pleasure from regular early morning coffee gatherings with his buddies at local beaches.
Kermit‘s memory lives on in the hearts of his wife of 35 years Debbi; daughter Grace; sons David and Andrew; mother-in-law Marjorie; family members Mike, Scott, Dawn, Carollee, Matt, Lauren, Tucker, Megan, Adrienne and Simon; sister Margaret; nephew Paul; grandchildren Paul and Moriah; and many other relatives and good friends.
A celebration of Kermit’s life is being planned for a later time.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the caring team in the Senior Behavioral Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital—Plymouth.