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In Memoriam: Chris Norton

Posted by Eric Scherer, Division Manager on Nov 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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Christopher Norton was born on December 27, 1984 in Schwabmuenchen, Germany to Brian and Monika Norton. Sadly, he passed away on Sunday morning, October 22, 2017, leaving behind his wife/high-school sweetheart, Heather, and two boys, Ashton and Colin. He will be sorely missed. May all who love him find peace and comfort. 

Chris joined the Lewis family on October 6, 2008, coming to work for New York Power Authority (NYPA) in Division 21. He quickly rose to become one of the best and most capable A-Foreman in the division. I met Chris four years ago during my first month on the job. The first time I saw him, he was wearing his signature smile and I instantly liked him. After talking to him for five minutes, I knew I was lucky to have him on our team. Chris had the ability to connect with everyone on a personal and professional level. He was easy to talk to and always took the time to teach and mentor anyone who needed it.

Chris enhanced the lives of everyone he met and he was the type of person who would give you the shirt off of his back. To everyone he worked with, he was more than just a coworker; he was a teacher, a confidant, and more importantly, a friend. Even though Chris is no longer with us, I will always remember that disarming smile. Chris made me a better person and he is dearly missed.

—Eric Scherer, Division Manager

 

I had the honor to have not only a great employee, but my best friend work with me for nine years. Chris always went above and beyond at any task he was given. He was well respected by all employees and utility foresters he worked with. Chris, you will forever be in my heart!! Fly high brother!!

—Josh Ames, General Foreman

 

Chris Norton, I don’t know where to start. I have so many memories that I can’t begin to describe them all. I first got to know Chris when I was a right-of-way inspector and he was just out of high school working as a ground man. He was an instant success story. After the first week, I requested him on any crew we had working at the New York Power Authority. First as an inspector and later as Regional Forester, we worked together on many, many jobs. Chris was always willing to learn and try new things. He progressed through all steps of the IBEW tree industry in record time. An extremely valuable man: He could run equipment, fly a bucket, handle a spray crew, climb, rig, directional fell, etc... However, his greatest asset was his smile and attitude. There is not a single man who worked with or for him who didn’t respect and cherish his friendship. I will miss him to no end. Lewis Tree should be proud of this man and he could be the model that we are all striving to be. Chris, I miss you my friend. The memories will not be forgotten.

—Chris Sherwood, Forester, NYPA

 

You were a true friend, hard worker, and a great dad. I take nothing but positive memories with me! You will forever be missed. Love you brother!

—Kris Lee, Foreman

 

We have had the privilege and honor of working with a man that left us too soon, Christopher B. Norton. You could not have asked for a better co-worker or friend. We worked with Chris for many years and he always enjoyed his occupation and excelled at it. He was willing to pass on his knowledge and continue learning as well. We wouldn’t have changed a thing about him. He was kind-hearted, would do anything for anyone, and always made you feel welcome. He taught us a great deal about climbing, spraying, and skidder work. His work was always done safely and properly. Chris Norton will forever be in our hearts and minds. He will never be forgotten. We are grateful for the time spent with Chris and wish it would have never ended.

—Jesse Cole, Eric Yousey, and Tyler Ritz; team members

 

Although I didn’t know Chris very well, I had the privilege to get to know him well enough to see that he loved his work and his crew. I saw how much his crew respected him because he was firm, but fair. Chris was also humble enough to admit if he didn’t know something that he should. Chris would then take that information to his crew and make them aware. He took his work very seriously, but at the same time, knew how to have fun. Chris will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Godspeed Chris.

Mark Rowe, Safety & Training Supervisor

Topics: In Memoriam, The Lewis Family