Celebrating the life of Norman J. Pitt, Sr.
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Norman J. Pitt Sr. died unexpectedly at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina at the age of 84. Born April 22, 1936 in Spring Valley, NY to the late Lucy Gallo and Bernard Pitt Sr. After attending Spring Valley High School, Norman joined the US Army from 1955-1959. After the military, he worked for Rockland News for over 30 years. Norman was also a police officer for the Town of Mt. Hope Police Department where he retired as a Sergeant before moving on to become the Town Supervisor for the Town of Mt. Hope for 4 years.
Formerly of Otisville/Mt. Hope, NY where he lived most of his life, "Pop" or "Poppy", as his grandchildren often referred to him as, was always the personality in the room. He was a well known and respected man to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. Norman was the type of man that would go out of his way to help anyone who needed it in any way he could. A hardworking man, he once worked 3 jobs to make sure his family was taken care of.
Like any father, Norman's greatest accomplishment was his children. Faithfully, he would call each of his children every Sunday morning to see how they were doing. Although the conversations may not have been long, they were always heartfelt and meaningful. As both a father and grandfather, he tried to attend every graduation, baptism, wedding, or family celebration. Norman was a family man and was proud of each and every one of his children and grandchildren. He will be sorely missed amongst all family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Ruth at home, his daughter Renee Liseski and husband Joe, his son Norman Pitt Jr and wife Laurie, his daughter Donna Hyatt and husband Dale, his son Anthony Pitt and wife Sherry, and his son Mike and wife Stacey.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Joseph Jr., Nicholas, Michelle, Thomas, Benjamin, Aaron, Anthony Jr, Andrew, Alexis, Amanda, Darien, and Jaylin. His great grandchildren, Anabella, Chase, Braden, and Laney.
Norman is survived by his brothers; William Pitt, Bernard Pitt Jr., and George Pitt.
He is preceded in death by his brother Lewis Pitt, sister Annette Grant, his children's mother Catherine Vitale, and his second wife Bernice Rifflard.
A funeral service of remembrance will be celebrated from 11am-1pm on Friday November 6, 2020 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave, Middletown NY 10940. Due to current restrictions, guests are limited to 25 visitors at a time and facial coverings are required upon entering the building. Burial will follow in the family plot in The Cemetery of the Highlands, Highland Mills, NY. Memorial Donations in Norman's name may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
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