Atkinson, NH — Bergeron Norris, also known as B.J. or Berg to his friends, died Friday July 19, 2013. He was born July 20, 1923, in Sioux City, Iowa, and was the first son of Charles and Mary Norris. In 1942, he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He served with the 421st Night Fighter squadron in the Pacific and returned home at the end of the war to continue his career in the U.S. Army.
In 1945, he married Edna Mae Mingo in Sioux City. Their first 20 years together were spent in the Army where Bergeron was stationed at a number of domestic and overseas posts, and where he received numerous promotions, ending with his promotion to Chief Warrant Officer W3. After retiring from the Army in 1962, he moved his family to New Hampshire and took a position with Civil Service at Raytheon for the next 11 years. After retiring from Civil Service, he enrolled at Northern Essex Community College and earned an associate’s degree in Business in 1974. He spent the next 15 years working for Raytheon in the Hawk missile program and formally retired in 1988.
Berg became active in community service shortly after moving to Atkinson. He was a member of the Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department for several years. He helped to organize Boy Scout Troop 95, then later organized and served as the adult leader of Explore Post 95. He served as one of the original Timberlane School Board members, advocating for the building of the high school.
His interests in Atkinson’s community affairs led him to a successful run for a Selectman’s seat in 1990 to 1993. He then served on the town’s first Ethics Committee for three years. He served as lector at Holy Angels Church, and helped facilitate a program to train young parishioners to be altar servers.
He is survived by his children, Pamela Norris, Deborah Antoniewicz, Daniel Norris, and Laura Jolin; and grandchildren, John Antoniewicz, Haley Norris and Glen Norris.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, July 24, at 10 a.m., at Holy Angels Church at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, 8 Atkinson Depot Road, Plaistow, N.H. Burial with Military Honors will follow immediately at Holy Angels Cemetery, 22 East Road, Plaistow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bergeron’s memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01842 or online at www.homehealthfoundation.org/donate.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire, Manchester office, is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, please visit www.csnh.com.