Aug. 9, 1933 – Dec. 13, 2012
Ronald R. Norman, a longtime Cheektowaga resident who was influential for decades in both real estate and development, as well as local politics, died Thursday in Del Ray Beach, Fla., due to complications following hip replacement surgery. He was 79.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Norman grew up on the East Side. He graduated from East High School, where he played football with much success, attaining All-State honors. He graduated from Erie County Technical Institute in 1953.
He had a long and multifaceted career in new and multifamily home construction and real estate.
He worked for many years with Marrano/Marc Equity, where he was a developer and property manager.
He served on many boards in Western New York, including the Erie County Development Coordination Board, and was a member of many local organizations.
He served as executive officer and board president of the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association for many years.
Mr. Norman kept his local, state and national builders memberships, as well as his real estate agent and broker licenses, throughout his life. He participated in the forming of the Horizons Home Shows and the Buffalo Home and Garden Show in the 1970s.
In 2007, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association for his work in the industry.
On the state level and beyond, he served on the Build PAC Committee for the National Association of Home Builders and as president of the New York State Builders Association.
Mr. Norman was active in the local Democratic Party for much of his life.
He served as receiver of taxes in the Town of Cheektowaga for 13 years, beginning with his election in the mid-1960s. He also ran for State Senate.
Mr. Norman was a leader in efforts to create the John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst, leading a local committee on the issue.
His family remembered that he lived by a simple personal motto: “Your success is measured by the success of those you helped to succeed.”
Mr. Norman enjoyed his antique boats, including the Ebb Tide, a famous 42-foot mahogany boat that Marilyn Monroe used when she was filming the movie “Niagara”; his daily swims in the Niagara River off Grand Island; boating in Lake Erie and the Niagara River, as well as in Florida; bird-watching; reading; and operating personal watercraft.
For the last 30 years, he lived on Grand Island and spent time at his residence in Del Ray Beach.
He is survived by Lee E. Malone, his companion of 24 years; two daughters, Deborah Norman-Lane and Lisa M.; two sons, Michael Allen and David J. Jarvis; and his former wife, Kathleen M. Norman.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Resurrection Life Fellowship Church, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga.