Norman R. Anderton, 79, of Ridgefield and Redding, died on Sunday, April 7, 2013 after a lengthy illness in Ridgefield.

He was born in Providence, R.I., Aug. 7, 1933, son of the late Ralph G. and Frances (Crawford) Anderton.

Mr. Anderton was a lifelong high school English teacher, graduating from Brown University in 1955, and holding two master’s degrees in teaching from Brown University and Fairfield University. He was also a widely respected athlete and wrestling coach, starting his wrestling career at Brown with his father (also a coach), and eventually coming to Connecticut to teach and coach at Stamford High School from 1962-1978. He started the Stamford High School varsity wrestling team in 196 — at the time Greenwich was the only other public school in the state to have an interscholastic wrestling team.

He continued his teaching career at Wilton High school. After retirement he settled in Ridgefield, working in landscaping, gardening and was a member of the First Congregational Church, becoming a Stephen Minister before becoming ill. He was known to many in the community for always having his canine companion along with him.

He leaves his daughter, Meredith and family; Rob, Jeremy and Jonathan Dorson of Lynn, Mass. He also leaves his son, Nathan and his family, Petra, grandchildren Heath, Mara and great grandchildren Zachary, Alana, Kaylin and Payton of Washington state. He also leaves his friend, Kathy Barry and his church friends.

Donations in his memory may be made to Laurel Ridge Health Care Center, Resident’s Recreational Fund, 642 Danbury Road or to the First Congregational Church, 103 Main St., Ridgefield, CT  06877.

Services will be private.

Kane Funeral Home in Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.