EAST MONTPELIER - Norman Colvin Rice, 81, of Towne Hill Road, died peacefully on Monday, February 20, 2012 at FAHC with his loving wife and family surrounding him.
Born February 8, 1931, Norman was the son of Heman and Louise Rice. Norman attended Montpelier High School and Bryant College. Norman married Catherine Whiteneck in April of 1955 and they were together as they promised in their wedding vows until his passing.
In 1948 Norman joined the State of Vermont Department of Highways. From 1953 – 1956 Norman served with the U.S. Army in Germany; after serving as Deputy Brigade Commander in the Army Reserves, Norman retired with the rank of Colonel in 1982 with 29 years of service.
Norman was a registered Land Surveyor in the state of Vermont where he was known as “Stormin Norman” or License # 001; Norman was also a registered Land Surveyor in the state of New York. In 1969, Norman was appointed by the Governor of Vermont to the first Board of Registration of Land Surveyors where he served until 1976. Norman was a past President of the Vermont Society of Surveyors and a member of the Vermont Society of Engineers.
In 1956, Norman joined Webster-Martin, Inc. as Chief of Survey. In 1970, Norman joined Aquatec and in 1974 Norman was appointed to Vice President of Aquatec. In 1982 Norman was appointed Senior Vice President of Aquatec, Inc. and President of the newly formed Aquatec Survey Corp. In 1984 Norman formed Vermont Survey Consultants with fellow Surveyors Dave Hudson, Rod Charron, and Mike Patterson. In 1990, Norman formed Dunroven Associates specializing in property surveys.
Norman’s interests include his love for his horses, watching NASCAR, and his Red Solo Cup. Norman was a life time member of the American Quarter Horse Association and was President of the VQHA for many years. In his teenage years, Norman secretly drove a race car on a dirt track unbeknownst to his mother.
Besides his wife Cathy, Norman is survived by his brother Doug of Massachusetts and Florida, sons: Norman and his wife Cheryl of Milford, New Hampshire, Kevin of Middlesex, daughters: Bethany Bell of Barre, Sheila Emerson and husband Andy of Middlesex, Ticia Rice of Galveston, Texas, Heather Bolduc and husband Steve of Middlesex, daughter in law, Lisa Rice of East Montpelier, 14 Grandchildren: Alexia, Adam, Melissa, Cheyenne, Nikki, Keith, Kimberly, Christian (aka Jake to Papa), Thomas, Michelle, Meghan, Amanda, Colvin, and Connor, 13 great grandchildren Kyle, Cole, Kelsey, Madeline, Lloyd, Hailey, Cameron, Cody, Leanna, Jazmine, Cooper, Cody, and Xavier Norman is also survived by his beloved dog Brooke, lifetime friend Phil “Flip Flop” Guare, and numerous nieces and nephews. Norman was predeceased by his parents and son Arthur.
Service of Remembrance will be held at Bethany Church, Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1 PM followed by a reception in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond Rescue, P.O. Box 404, Richmond, VT 05477,www.richmondrescue.org or to the Vermont Horse Shows Association, P.O. Box 974, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Those wishing to send on line condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com and go to Norm’s obituary.
The family would like to thank Joseph Charron, the good Samaritan who helped during Norman’s time of need, and the Richmond Rescue Squad for their quick response and support.