Norman S. Depew, 83, Colonial Healthcare, Williamsburg Community Hospital co-founder

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Norman S. Depew
Norman S. Depew

Norman S. Depew, of Williamsburg, died Wednesday April 22, 2015, at the age of 83.

Norman was born on March 17, 1932, son of the late Daniel and Lillian Depew, in Zion, Illinois. He spent his childhood growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In later years he resided in Columbus, Ohio, Lynchburg, Williamsburg and Naples, Florida.

Norman graduated from Western Michigan University and was a veteran in the U.S. Naval Reserves, an employee for Nationwide Insurance Company for 35 years and a member of Masonic Lodge #340 in Portage, Michigan. In the mid 1980s, he and his wife Theresa became the original co-founders of Colonial Healthcare in Williamsburg, until they sold the company and it became Williamsburg Community Hospital.

Some of Norman’s hobbies included flying, as he held his pilot’s license and was a member of the Lynchburg Flying Club. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards with his friends and boating in the James River with his sail boat and motor boat. He and his wife Theresa spent many years of their marriage traveling throughout the United States and the Caribbean Islands together. He was also a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, the Sertoma Club, First Colony Civic Association and the Royal Palm Country Club in Naples, Florida.

Norman was the beloved husband of Theresa S. Depew for 37 years; loving father of Denise Depew, Sarah Moore, Alex (Lisa) Moore and the late Carol Ann Depew; adored grandfather of Suzanna and Kaela (Carl) Sinclair; great-grandfather of Willow Faye; and brother of Terry (Charlotte) Depew and the late Richard Depew and his wife, Shirley. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Norman had an amazing positive outlook on life with a contagious smile. He is will be deeply missed by his family and friends who loved and adored him.

A celebration of Norman’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Norman’s name to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185; James City County Fire and Rescue, 5077 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185; and/or the First Colony Civic Association Fast Forward Fund, P.O. Box 1523, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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