Norman Joseph Burgess

February 18, 2018

Norman Joseph Burgess, 75, of Hollis, NH passed away on Sunday evening, February 18, 2018 in Ayer, Massachusetts.

Norman was born on September 6, 1942 in Claremont, NH to the late Zalia (Morrissette) & Arthur Steven Burgess (Bourgeois). He attended local schools and participated in high school sports, playing basketball, baseball, and football. Following graduation, he went on to pursue his education at the University of New Hampshire. There he continued his involvement in sports and was also a proud member of the Fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. He received his Bachelor of Arts and went on to teach the 5th grade at the Temple Street School in Nashua. Norman later taught Social Studies at the Elm Street School until his retirement at the age of 59.

In addition to teaching, he coached basketball, baseball, and football teams at both the middle school and high school level. In his free time, Norman was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing racquetball.

Members of his family include his children, Dr. Michael Bradley Burgess and his wife Susannah Sweigart Burgess; daughter, Kerri Conrad Burgess and Roger Seacole; his grandchildren, Ada Zalia Burgess, Emerson Bradley Burgess, and Trevor Joseph Seacole; his life partner, Barbara Blake; her children, Matthew Timothy Blake and Samantha Marciniak, and Jeffrey William and Lacey Mae Blake; and their children, Keegan Matthew Blake, Taylor Emily Ramsay, Benjamin Flynn Blake.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday February 22, 2018 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua, NH. A brief funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements are in the care of FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. (603)882-0591.

27 Comments on Norman Joseph Burgess

Steve Kemp said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2018 at 11:48 PM

Norm, David, Hal and I lived together at the old Riverside Golf Club, club house for a few years. it was party central. We had some outrageously good times together. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. What a nice guy !!!

Scott Drohan said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2018 at 3:42 PM

rip. You were my teacher at elm St. And my neighbor at millstone later in life many great nights playing poker. My condolences to the family he was a great man

Wendy Gondek-Martinez said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 1:12 PM

Deepest condolences to the entire family. I had Mr. Burgess for social studies and his first words to me were "which Gondek do you belong to"? Great man, teacher and coach.

Larry Bishop said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Mr. Burgess was my 9th Grade baseball coach at Elm St. He taught me how to throw a 12 to 6 curveball that was unreal. I can still hear him today... "pulling down a shade" and then showing me the motion. One day he told me I'd have been the starting SS if I ate more salads. He was a cool guy. R.I.P. Coach.

Kathleen Palmer said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Social Studies was my favorite class in 7th grade because of Mr. Burgess. Thankful there are people like him willing to dedicate their careers to helping young minds. Condolences to his family; please know how grateful so many of us are to have had a teacher like him!

Heather Johnson said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 10:27 AM

I have great memories of Mr. Burgess! I was in his 7th grade social studies class 40 years ago! I will never forget the first thing he taught me... Food, Shelter and Clothing. The things you need to survive! He was kind and always welcoming and fun He made my year! He will be missed! Thoughts and prayers are with you!

Thea Kepka said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 9:50 AM

What a wonderful, encouraging and inspiring teacher, friend, man he was. I am honored to have known him. Condolences to his loved ones

Cindy (Beals) Morelli said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 8:50 AM

I have such fond memories of my ESJH days because of Mr B! He was one of a kind. Rest easy.

Jeff Hill said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 8:23 AM

Coach Burgess, you will be missed. The BEST baseball coach I ever had throughout my playing years and a great friend later in life. Sympathies to your entire family. RIP- Jeff Hill

Chris Gaudreau said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2018 at 12:23 PM

As a young teacher and coach at Elm Street, Norman spent countless hours teaching me the finer points of coaching the game of basketball. I thought I knew something about basketball, then I met Norman. I now have been coaching high school basketball at the junior varsity and varsity level for 19 years and the foundation of my programs is still based on the fundamentals that Norm taught me many years ago. I will always make sure our "defensive house" has a solid foundation. Thanks Norman. RIP. My deepest sympathies to his entire family.

Tom Burnham (Fairgrounds Junior High) said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2018 at 7:13 PM

My sincere condolences to the entire Burgess family. Norman was the colorful coach of our arch-rival Elm Street Eagles during the 70's and 80's when there were many epic sporting battles against Fairgrounds. Knowing "Stormin' Norman" from the years that followed in the teaching profession was memorable as he was a great teacher and coach and friend. He will be missed!!

Jeff Meade said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2018 at 4:38 PM

You will be missed Norm so many good memories my friend. My condolence to Barbara and all his family

Gary Barrett said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Thanks for your service to youth Norm, will miss seeing you on the links. My condolences to your family.

Jim Lamb said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2018 at 12:09 PM

I will miss Norm. He was a great guy to play golf with. His passion for the game is something I’ll never forget. My condolences to Barbara and the family.

Scott Fitz said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2018 at 5:05 PM

I will always remember Norm as a great teammate and friend at Stevens High School.

Robert J> Picknell said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2018 at 3:38 PM

RIP Norm. The class will miss you.

Molly said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 11:45 PM

Mr Burgess leaves a lasting impressions in my Jr High school memories. He was a great teacher who made learning fun. I'm saddened to hear of his loss.

Shawn Dyer said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 10:30 PM

My condolences to the Burgess family on the loss of Norman. He was my coach for baseball at Elm St Junior High. He taught me more about baseball then any coach I ever had. We golfed and fished over the years as well. He was a great coach and most of all a great guy. He will be sorely missed.

kim palanski said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 9:49 PM

Hi, I'm Kim, I played for coach Burgess at Spring Street. He was the best! I even played softball against him when he played for Nashua Trust. Great guy!

Kenny Fussell said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 6:56 PM

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Norm’s family. . Hit them long and straight on the new courses you will playing on my friend.

Jay Retkevicz said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 12:42 PM

Norm will be greatly missed. As the young son of Peter Retkevicz, I have played golf in his groups for many years and he was always accepting of me into those groups as a young boy and man and always had a smile that made you smile. I was also honored to be beaten a few times by the old man on the racquetball courts. He will be missed by myself and the many people he has touched. May you be blessed in heaven Norm and may the golf courses and playing partners keep up with your speed, if not, fire away. I can still hear you yelling "beater" on any course. Thoughts, sympathies and prayers to Norm and his family.

Bucky Bruce said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Barbara- knew Norm very well as one of his fraternity brothers at UNH. He will be missed. Our condolences to you and the remaining members of his family.

Paul Stelmach said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 10:18 AM

I will miss Norman terribly. He was a great friend and a wonderful golf partner. My heart goes out to Barbara and his family.

Dom Russo said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2018 at 7:46 AM

I will miss my golf buddy Norm and the good times I spent with him on the golf course . My sympathy to Barb and his entire family.

Stuart Akerson said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2018 at 9:38 PM

Hello Barbara, I just wanted​ to say, that I'm incredibly sorry for your loss! Storman Norman was a wonderful man and a great friend! I will miss him terribly and will never forget his humerous ways! He could make you laugh at the drop off a hat!

Nancy (Tafe) Bowles said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2018 at 9:31 PM

Lots of fond memories of my time teaching at elm street with norm. I traveled to many games as I was cheer sponsor. Also enjoyed our ski trips to Vermont. Great guy. Loved him .

Jack Merrill said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2018 at 9:00 PM

I’ll never forget the kindness, encouragement and support Norman gave to me as a newcomer to the Saturday golf group 16 years ago. We will all miss him dearly. Our heartfelt condolences to you Barbara, and the entire family.

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