LEEDS, MA- Norman “Norm” Wilber Jr., 79, of Leeds, died on Tuesday, July 16, at Massachusetts General Hospital after a battle with cancer.
Mr. Wilber was born in Keene, NY on October 26, 1939 to the late Norman and Gertrude (Murphy) Wilber Sr.
Wilber joined the Army National Guard in 1957 and later went on to start his own business in the auto body field. Since 1959, he owned and operated Norm’s Autobody with shops located in communities that included southern Hadley, Westfield, Easthampton, and, most recently, Hadley. He was very well known all over the valley for the precise and exceptional work he did on his customers’ cars. He flourished for many years before retiring in 2012.
Mr. Wilber loved riding his Harley Davidson in the summer and his snowmobile in the winter. He would ride all over New England with his family and friends. He was a member of the American Legion Post 236 in Haydenville and a member of the Burgy Bullets Snowmobile Club as well as the Hilltown Snowmobile Club in Ashfield.
Mr. Wilber leaves behind his partner and best friend of 38 years, Diane Marko, of Leeds; his children, Norman Wilber III, of Readsboro, VT, DebraJean Trottier and her husband Allan, of Clarksburg, and Tina Wilber and her fiancée Jim Greene, of Whitingham, VT; his sister, Pamela Cosby and her husband Thomas, of Roslindale; and 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Mr. Wilber will forever and lovingly be remembered by Marko’s children, Janine Kozlakowski, of Leeds, Joanne Wallace and her husband Jason, of Gill, and Teresa Houle and her fiancé Jason Wozniak, of Hatfield. Besides his parents, Wilber was preceeded in death by his brother Clayton.
There will be a calling hour at 11 am to 12 pm on Sunday, August 25, at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damn Road, Northampton, concluding with military honors. A celebration of his life will follow at the Young Men’s Club in Hadley. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For more information visit Drozdalfuneralhome.com.