My deepest sympathies in hearing of Bud's passing. My career time in Escanaba was brief, and something that remained among the fondest times in my life. Bud was a great part of those feelings. His nature so matched mine that it made me feel like a relationship between friends moreso than employer/employee. He pulled one of the greatest practical jokes on me that has ever been a memorable one.
When we lived in Savannah, Bud once came to town on business. I invited him out for dinner one evening. On the appointed day my wife was working, our daughter was mixed up with some school doings, and our son (the one having been born in Escanaba) was not feeling well. Without a baby sitter, it became necessary to bring him along. I had made reservations at one of the nicest seafood emporiums on the waterfront in the shrimping village of Thunderbolt.
As the three of us entered, I stepped forward to the maitre'ds stand, but he looked right past me, face beaming, and stepped up to greet Bud, "Well hello, Mr. Norton! Welcome to Tassey's Pier. Step right this way, we have your table ready, right over here by the window."
To the casual observer it looked like the welcoming of a real VIP arrival. What nobody except Bud and I knew was that Bud had never been there before.Left me kind of stupefied, wondering how he had pulled that off. Over dinner he explained that he had sneaked away from his meetings during the day to make this "special" arrangement. Joke was on me.
I so enjoyed our infrequent visits to Delta County, and the chance to say "Hi." (And you were equally gracious to us all, as well.) That, and in so many other ways Bud was special to me.
May God's blessing lend you and the family peace at Bud's passing.
"Very sorry for your loss Marcella.God bless you and your family."
"Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Bud's passing is a definite loss to the "neighborhood". To my friends and former neighbor's Jim, Ruth & family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Treasure the memories."
"Dan and I are sorry for your loss. We have lifelong memories of Bud, Marcella and you “kids”. As neighbors on 14th Street where Dan fixed your bikes, to enjoying your speed boat and catamaran antics on the Bay, you’ve been a delight.
Dan enjoyed his career at Northern Rebuilders and his association with the Norton family. Cherish your memories!
Until we meet again.
Dan and Kathy
-Dan and Kathleen Creten
"Dear Marcella and Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your great loss.
Even though I did some baby sitting for your children many years ago I knew you all mostly from my Mother, Anne Sakal Pepin. She loved you all dearly.
May Bud's soul rest in peace. The beauty of this life is that one day we will all meet again. God Bless.
Kathleen Ann Pepin Neeley
-Kathleen Neeley Pepin
"To the Norton family,
Sending my deepest condolences for Bud’s passing. My dad loved him like an older brother and learned so much from Bud during the Clairmont days. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Suzanne Rossi "
"My heartfelt condolences for your loss. I hope all the good memories help ease your pain and grief. Thinking of you all."
"Enjoyed Bud’s company over many cups of coffee and talking our mutual enjoyment of flying."