Norman J.F. Marquis, 1938 - 2017

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Norman J.F. Marquis, 78 of Old Orchard Beach, died at home on July 15, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born in Lewiston, October 23, 1938, the son of Normand & Jeannette Poudrier Marquis of French Canadian Heritage.  He attended Lewiston schools, including Lewiston High School. On March 1, 1958 he joined the USAF serving in both the United States and Morocco North Africa.  After leaving the Air Force, he entered Bradley University’s School of Engraving  in Illinois. Upon graduation, he opened Jr’s Pro Shop in Lewiston, which later became Maine Awards. His life and interests were very diversified from owning a Laundry in Livermore Falls to being elected a member of the 104th Maine State Legislature serving from Jan. 1969 to Jan. 1971.  Being a political animal, he enjoyed the local government atmosphere and served on planning and zoning boards eventually joining the Lewiston Assessing Dept. and taking the test to become a Certified Maine Assessor in the mid-70’s.  He worked for both Lewiston and Auburn as an assessor for several years eventually moving to Old Orchard Beach where he became the Deputy Assessor and in March 1988 moved to the Chief Assessor position. He then changed careers and became Town Manager of Old Orchard Beach in Jan. 1997 retiring after nearly two years of service. He and his wife, Eunice, owned and operated Coastal Awards, a large sports award shop in Biddeford until it was destroyed by fire in November 2006. They eventually purchased a small motel complex called the Crosswinds Motel & Cottages in March of 2000, owning, operating and improving the property to this day making it into an enjoyable vacation spot for visitors as well as friends. On May 27, 1988, he married his best friend and business partner, Eunice Channell Brooks.  They enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean  & Old Quebec City on vacation and took many trips together over the years. Norman spoke both French and English and often functioned as a translator for our French guests. For many years, he & Eunice were loyal customers of Mulligans Bar & Grill in Biddeford, eating there every evening. Norman had a great sense of humor and very quick wit entertaining all who were near him. He had a heart of gold and did not hesitate to offer help to anyone who needed it. He was the consummate volunteer for any fund raisers and worked on many causes. He is survived by his wife, Eunice, of 29 years, a daughter Jacqueline Smith and her husband Brian of Brunswick, a son David of Lewiston, a son Peter of Old Orchard Beach, a step-daughter Heather Brown and her husband Bill of Ipswich Mass, a stepson James Brooks of Old Orchard Beach, a daughter-in-law Gina Brooks of Wales and a god-daughter Kelley Williams of California.  Nine grandchildren Amanda Marquis, Nichole Marquis, A.J. Norzow, Norman Norzow, Danial Norzow, September Brooks, Tristan Brooks, Noah Marquis, Gabrielle Marquis and one great grandchild Douglas Mcintosh III. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Jeanne Marquis Nicholson, stepson Scott Brooks, and grandson Joshua Marquis.

Funeral Notice

MARQUIS, Norman, 78, of Old Orchard Beach, died in Old Orchard Beach on July 15, 2017. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 29, from 12 Noon to 2 PM, with a service at 2 PM, at the Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, #2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.




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