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Norman John Davidson
April 26, 1942 ~ October 20, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Norman John Davidson, a man of enormous heart and boundless spirit, passed away on October 20, 2023, at the age of 81. Born on April 26, 1942, in Bayonne, New Jersey, Norman's life was marked by his kindness, his love for adventure, and his unwavering dedication to his family and friends. Norman was a proud graduate of Bayonne High School. After graduation, he found his passion as a deckhand on tugboats and coastal steamers, eventually becoming a respected member of the Merchant Marine. He was also a member of the Army's Elite 82nd Airborne Division. His work allowed him to explore his love for the ocean, always feeling most at home when he was on a boat. His ability to tie intricate marine knots was admired by many, a skill that he took great pleasure in teaching to others. Throughout his life, Norman was known for his ability to fix nearly anything, a trait that earned him the affectionate nickname of "Handy Norman" among his loved ones. His love for cooking was legendary within his family, with his dishes often being the highlight of family gatherings. He was also a dedicated fan of the Raiders and took immense joy in watching Little League All Star games, often cheering on the young players with as much fervor as he would a professional team. Norman had a deep love for country western music, often filling his home with the melodies of his favorite songs. He had an open heart and was known for his warmth and friendly nature, never meeting a stranger. His friends were like an extended family to him, and he loved nothing more than spending time with them, whether it was out on the ocean or in the comfort of his own home. He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Noel Davidson. His brother, Donald K. Davidson, and sister, Maureen L. Davidson, mourn the loss of a brother who was not just a sibling but a friend. His legacy continues in his children, Donald D. Davidson and Kelly Tirado, who remember their father as a source of constant love and support. Norman was also a doting grandfather to Lauren Parker, Erica Geist, and Joseph Tirado. Norman so enjoyed cooking with Joseph when he was a young budding chef. The birth of his great-grandchild, Penelope Jane Parker, brought him immense joy and he cherished every picture of her. Norman's love for his family was apparent in everything he did. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and he often shared stories of their achievements with a gleaming pride. His family will remember him as a man who was always there for them, ready to lend a hand, a word of advice, or just a comforting presence when they needed it. In his passing, Norman leaves behind a legacy of love, warmth, and resilience. His adventurous spirit, kindness, and handy nature will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Norman John Davidson was a man who truly lived his life to the fullest, and his memory will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. Rest in peace, Norman. Your love for life and your boundless spirit will continue to inspire us, and your memory will forever be a beacon of light in our hearts.