Robert I. Norwood, Hecht operations chief

February 22, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert Irvin Norwood, retired operations manager for the Hecht-May Co. department store, died Feb. 14 at Gilchrist Hospice Care from complications after abdominal surgery. The Anneslie resident was 77.

Mr. Norwood, the son of a carpenter and a homemaker, was born in a home that his father built on Hazlett Avenue in Irvington.

After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1950, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and then was drafted into the Army, family members said.

He served in intelligence operations with the 43rd Infantry Division in Germany during the early 1950s. He was discharged in 1954 with the rank of corporal.

Mr. Norwood was operations manager at the Hecht-May Co.'s Erdman Avenue warehouse, and later worked in a similar capacity for the Bagby Furniture Co. until retiring in 1994.

He had been a champion bowler during the 1970s and was a member of the Hecht Co. bowling team. He enjoyed playing poker, collecting coins and managing his investments.

Mr. Norwood was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Cedarcroft, where he served as a member of the vestry and co-editor of Glad Tidings, the parish newsletter.

Funeral services were held Thursday at his church.

Surviving are his wife of 14 years, the former Amy Walters Redmon; two stepdaughters, Tiphanie Joy Redmon of Parkville and Tariogh Noel Crawford of Mars, Pa.; a brother, Frank D. Norwood of Seminole, Fla.; a sister, Yvonne "Bonnie" Baker of Easton; and a step-grandson. His wife of more than 20 years, the former Jean M. Schimpf, died in the late 1980s.

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