William H "Bill" Norris, of Natick, formerly of Belmont, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the age of 70.
Bill was born on August 7, 1949, in Cambridge to the late Henry and Margaret (Teevan). Survived by his younger brother, Robert and his wife Jane of Westwood, his nieces Bridget and Monica Norris, and his devoted friend Jean MacDonald of Natick
Bill knew first-hand the challenges facing both students and educators. He spent 22 years as an elementary and middle school teacher, Title I Director, and central office administrator in Watertown. He received a Bachelor's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, two advanced degrees from Lesley University in curriculum design and administration, and a certificate in organizational development from Bentley College. Bill was a Senior Project Director at MCET/Mass Interaction and then the JASON Foundation for Education. His team at JASON Foundation was responsible for securing federal Star Schools funds to enhance the creation of integrated science and literacy programs for underserved middle school students. At the time of Bill's passing, he had been working for FableVision in Dedham. He was FableVision's "guardian angel" who helped bring to life the award-winning BrainCogs software. Bill oversaw the schedules and calendars for Peter and Paul Reynolds as well as the logistics for the Reynolds Center.
Bill loved spending time with friends and family. He made lifelong friends as the Assistant Director at Camp Laurelwood in Connecticut and on the slopes at Loon Mountain. Bill was always excited to go to the kids' games, recitals, plays, award ceremonies, and graduations. He was active at St. Luke Parish in Belmont as a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Parish Council and then at St. Patrick Parish in Natick as a Eucharistic Minister. He had a great sense of humor and lived life to the fullest.
A private service and burial will be held from MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home in Watertown. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Bill to the Natick Catholic Community Society of St. Vincent DePaul, 44 East Central St, Natick, MA 01760, or your local food pantry
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