Fred Norris, 84, Gemini II co-owner with a ‘sometimes gruff exterior’ and a giving heart

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Fred Norris
Fred Norris

Fred Norris, a resident of Williamsburg for 22 years, died Friday, Sept.  18, 2015, at the age of 84.

His life began on June 19, 1931, and he was raised in Hempstead, New York. Fred was a dedicated husband, father and businessman who was passionate about everything he took interest in during his life.

Fred was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Jean Myra Norris. Not a day passed without him mentioning how much he loved and missed his sweetheart. The couple had three children.

The Norris’ were not only partners in marriage, they were business partners as well. They owned the Norris Truck Leasing Company and a very successful Supper Club, Gemini II. When the couple met, Fred was honorably serving his country as a U.S. Army paratrooper.

Fred always wore a baseball cap and dark sunglasses. His demeanor was smooth, yet he was a “no-nonsense” type of man who commanded respect. Fred always let people know where they stood with him. Under his sometimes gruff exterior was a giving heart and a man who made friends wherever he went. He believed family was everything in this world and would give his last penny to make sure they were taken care of.

Throughout his life, he had several nicknames, including “Sonny” and “The Mayor of Wyandanch.” But to his family, he was “Papa.” He always had a sweet treat for a grandchild and his TV turned to CNN or golf. Fred would often be found sitting on his screened-in porch with his beloved golden retriever, Bear, organizing his lottery tickets for the day.

Fred leaves to cherish his memories his daughter, Victoria Speed (Roderick); sons, Fred J. (Denise) and Jay (Isalen); grandchildren, Angela, Jeannine, Craig, Jessica, Whitney, Cherese, Kiana, Freddie and Xavier; great-grandchildren, Jaelyn, Jacob and Miles; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Norris may be viewed from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Whiting’s Funeral Home. Family and friends will assemble by 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, for a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m.at the funeral home’s chapel. Military honors will be given by the Ft. Eustis Honor Guard.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Whiting’s Funeral Home.

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