MILTON MILLS - Norris L. Provencher, 83, of Jug Hill Road in Milton Mills, died July 9, 2018, peacefully at home.
Born May 29, 1935 in Milton, N.H., a son of Anthony Provencher and Draxa (Corson) Provencher Tuck, a graduate of Nute High School. .
Norris lived in Milton all of his life and traveled to the Philippines to visit his brother and family.
A Veteran of the Air Force, he served his country for four years, serving time in Iceland. Upon his return, he married Dorothy Eva Marie Smith and her three children, who became his beloved children. Norris and Dorothy wanted a large family, they proceeded to have five children of their own, raising all of them on Main Street in Milton.
Norris was a family man, who cared for and loved his wife and children. He worked very hard throughout his life to provide a home and love for his family and his community.
He worked at the Pittsfield Shoe Co. and also filled in at Milton Garage, until he was hired at General Electric in Somersworth, retiring in 1995. Norris also worked for his father in law on weekends at Citgo Garage in Winchendon, Mass.
Norris attended Nute Ridge Bible Chapel in Milton, serving as a Deacon of the church for many years, something he held dear to his heart with his family and his church family.
Norris and Dorothy hosted Bible Classes in their Milton home for many years, providing fellowship and friendship to locals spreading the gospel.
He had the deed of delivery man for many years, distributing food baskets and gift baskets for the community, he was a helping hand working with Strafford Community and his church.
Norris was a longtime Mason Brother, having served and held many seats, rising up to Grand high priest, he was dedicated to the Masonic Brotherhood for over 50 years. Also a member of Order of the Eastern Star and the American Legion.
Norris was a community person, he worked on the Teneriffe Sports Club for years with his brother in law Rodney Nason, also worked on the fishing derby the club hosted for several years. He hosted a Bikeathon for Saint Jude's Research Hospital in the town of Milton, raising money for the cause. Danny Thomas called and personally thanked him, as it was a large event for our small town, raising large dollars.
Norris loved his family, his Church, he loved to dance and would always be on the floor as long as the music was playing, he was dancing as he would say "IM A DANCING FOOL." He loved to dance with his dance partner Henrietta Gauthier of Middleton. The ladies loved to jitterbug with him, he was a smooth dancer on the floor. He danced at the American Legion in Rochester and Alton Bay.
Widower of the late Dorothy Provencher, he is survived by their children: daughter Carol Blyther of Gardner, Mass., daughter Kathy and Richard Oberist of Worcester, Mass., daughter Draxine and Frank Whipple of Fitzwilliam, daughter Norrene and Mike Parker of Wakefield, daughter Lorraine Varieur of Rochester, daughter Dorinda Provencher of Wakefield, and son Norris L. "Butch" Provencher, II and Beth of York, Maine, 18 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, brother Dennis and wife Seyko Provencher, sister Betty Nason of Milton, also many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
Norris frequented the "WRC" Wakefield Resource Center in Union for the senior lunch program, where he was known and loved by all! He was very fond of his Jenny up at the WRC, who took good care of him.