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To The Editor:

The passing of Edward A. Norris, November 8, 1931 - July 13, 2014 (age 82), is a heavy blow to the United Helpers family. Mr. Norris, an Emeritus Society Member, was not only involved with United Helpers, but he was also on the board of Claxton Hepburn Medical Center for many years and he was very involved with the First Presbyterian Church here in Ogdensburg.

Mr. Norris was a true leader and he inspired others to get involved and to make a difference. Not only did he provide direction, but he also rolled up his sleeves to pitch in and work right along beside you. He always made me feel important and he truly cared when he asked how things were going.

For those who do not know, Mr. Norris was instrumental in getting the Society of the United Helpers (development) office up and running. He, along with Janet Stitt, was the co-chair of the United Helpers/Cedars Capital Campaign initiative that raised nearly $1 million – the first capital campaign for the Society in more than 30 years! Together Mr. Norris and Ms. Stitt helped establish the infrastructure and were instrumental in getting a paid staff person dedicated to the development office.

Ed will always hold a special place in my heart. He always believed in me and encouraged me to get my degree and has always been very supportive. I’m sure we all have similar stories about Ed.

Lori Smithers,

Director of Fund Development

Society of the United Helpers

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