Norman J. Fortin of N. Chelmsford


Norman J. Fortin, 81, of N. Chelmsford died surrounded by his loving family from complications from a stroke on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was married to Phyllis (Belida) Fortin with whom he would have celebrated their twenty eighth wedding anniversary on November 20th.

Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Edgar and Delia Fortin. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence with the class of 1955.

He proudly served with the U.S. Navy on board the USS Leyte (CVS-32).

Norman owned and operated a hair salon in Andover. He had previously worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Rhode Island and for the Lowell Sun newspaper.

He was a member of the Last Time Band, the Chelmsford Senior Center, and enjoyed golfing, bowling and dancing.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his 2 sons, Craig and his wife, Kathleen Fortin of Audubon, PA and Derek Fortin and his spouse, Michael Tavares of Roslindale, MA; a brother, Ronald and his wife, Yuson Fortin of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister, Dorothea and her husband, Charles Denofrio of S. Palm Beach, FL; 3 grandchildren, Olivia, Graham and Claire Fortin as well as many nieces and nephews. Norman is also survived by Phyllis’s family, her 2 daughters, Tina and her husband, John Keiley of Dracut and Robin and her husband, John Yaeger of Placitas, NM; and her 3 grandchildren, Annamae Keiley and Saja and Cade Yaeger.

He was the brother of the late Claire Knox and Lois Hickey.

There are no visiting hours. A Memorial Service will be Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 at 11am at the Congregational Church in North Chelmsford, 15 Princeton St., N. Chelmsford, MA.  Memorials may be made in his memory to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or to the Congregational Church in North Chelmsford, PO Box 128, N. Chelmsford, MA 01863-0128. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD 978-251-4041.


October 13, 2018
Congregational Church in North Chelmsford
15 Princeton Street
N. Chelmsford, MA.
  1. Sharon & Bobby Belida says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, Norman was a nice man and we enjoyed his company.
    We enjoyed getting together at the house. He will surely be missed.
    God bless you and your family. We are thinking of you in this time of sorrow.
    All our love Sharon & Bobby Belida

  2. Billy Quinn says:

    Phyll, Our condolences. Norm would always stop by the shoppe and we would talk about life for an hour or so. He was a “Phyll..Anthropist”. Very engaging soul! Chrissy and Norm would love to have a smoke in the body shop regardless of the fact that they might blow the place up! Norm flew by the seat of his pants! He had a good run!!! Bottom line. We’re truly gonna miss his infectious personna !!! Bill + Chrissy Quinn…Stonybrook auto body…Godspeed our friend !

  3. Joanne Botos says:

    Phyllis, So sorry for your loss. We sure had some fun times. Norm will be missed.

  4. Musty and Irene Nour says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Norm will be missed by many. We will always remember his smile, laughter, jokes and all his kindnesses. He is sitting on your shoulder now and will help guide you through your grief and sorrow. Our thoughts are with you….
    Irene and Musty

  5. Judy and Patrick Clarke says:

    RIP Norm. You will be missed
    Phyllis. We send you a big hug.

  6. Karen Velasco Duffy says:

    Phyllis, I am very sorry for your loss. Norm was a wonderful man. I know how much happiness he brought you. I appreciate all the times he helped my mom, he was truly a kind and loving person.

  7. Joanne and Dan Harvey says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Phyllis Fortin says:

    You are family and he loved you and enjoyed spending time with you.

  9. Jim Nigrelli says:

    God bless you Norm. You always made me feel like family. RIP dear man.

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