Steven Lewis Norman, 58

Celebrating the life of Steven Lewis Norman: June 24, 1954 to October 1, 2012.

A resident of North Plainfield, N.J. and Fairfield County, CT, Steven was an avid sportsman. At the age of 10 he received the top prize from the national YMCA for his outstanding ability as a young gymnast.

An avid skier, on the many family trips to Colorado, he could be found with his brothers Jeff and Drew, challenging the Black slopes as they carved their way through the moguls with speed and skill.

As a resident of Wilton, CT he worked as a master roofer. His trade mark can be found today on the outer buildings at Young's Nurseries located at 211 Danbury Rd. Paul Young of Bethel, former founder and partner of Young's Nurseries, commented that Steven was a hard and dedicated worker who took pride in his trade.

He moved to Florida in 1994 where he worked as a master carpenter. He was also a competitive softball player and enjoyed deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys with his friends.

Although Steven totaled his car in a near fatal accident on Christmas Day 12 years ago, he was able to meet the challenge, learning to walk and to talk. On November 5, 2003 he moved to Boulder, CO where he enrolled in classes at the Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD).

On June 11, 2011 he survived what might have been a life-threatening operation. At all times Steven maintained a quick wit and sense of humor. Steven's humor and laughter became the conduit to help those who needed a friendly smile and greeting.

An Eagle Scout, Steven attended the Boy Scout camp in Philmont, New Mexico. It was there that he learned the Philmont prayer, which became a main stay of our family's prayer. "For food for life, for raiment and opportunity, for friendship and fellowship, we thank you oh Lord."

Steven is survived by his mother, Marcia M. Norman, Port Orange, FL; his sister Melanie Elizabeth Ferreira, LaGrangeville, NY; Jeffery William Norman of Wilton, CT; his brother Andrew Norman and sister-in-law, Nancy Lowden Norman, Port Orange, FL. He is also survived by nine nieces and nephews.

Contributions to support the ongoing activities of The Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD) may be made to: Center for People with Disabilities, 1675 Range Street, Boulder, CO 80301.