June 30, 1932 – Oct. 31, 2012
William G. Norman, a musician who sang and played piano in area taverns, died Oct. 31 in Williamsville Suburban Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 80.
The native of Coventry, England, came to the United States in the late 1950s, settling in Buffalo and then moving for a few years to California, where he owned a bar.
Mr. Norman was married in 1958 to Molly Rogers. The couple later divorced.
He returned to Buffalo in the early 1960s and was employed for several years as a sales representative for Knoll Pharmaceutical Co., winning many sales awards with the company.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Norman played trumpet and saxophone in area jazz clubs, including the Colored Musicians Club, performing with such notables as Louis Armstrong and George Benson.
More recently he played piano and sang in area bars. He annually traveled for several weeks to England, where he played in clubs and was known as “Buffalo Bill,” according to his daughter, Melanie Norman-DeLoreto.
He also was known in his North Buffalo neighborhood for walking many times a day with his beloved Scottish terrier, MacDuff.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his sister, Shirley Moore, and his longtime companion, Betty McQuade.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.