December 7, 1949 — November 7, 2018
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — David Norris, 68, of Lakewood Ranch, passed away with family by his side and love all around on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.
Born in Glens Falls on Dec. 7, 1949, he was the son of the late Elmer and Ruby (Gifford) Norris.
Dave graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1967, SUNY Adirondack in 1969 and received his Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Oneonta in 1971. He received his master’s in business administration from Rutgers University. Dave started his career at First National Bank of Glens Falls as a teller, spending over 20 years with the organization to become an executive vice president with Evergreen Bank. With a foundation in commercial lending, Dave went on to hold multiple CFO and COO positions with private and publicly-traded companies.
Dave was a serial entrepreneur and corporate builder at heart and spent the last 19 years as CEO of Bottom Line Advisors, a corporate consulting firm that he founded to help guide and direct capital formation strategies and corporate governance matters for high-growth companies.
Dave spent his life dedicated to helping others and loved supporting causes about which he was passionate. He was involved with fundraising for the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, the Glens Falls Hospital, and the Glens Falls YMCA, where he served on the Board of Directors.
After being diagnosed with metastatic gastric cancer in 2015, Dave and his wife, Bobbi, created the Make a Difference Foundation to support cancer patients through the donation of commercial blanket warmers to treatment centers, so that others could find added comfort as they continued their battle with the disease.
Dave was a passionate athlete and former marathon runner, having completed the famed NYC marathon course in under 2 hours and 30 minutes, and was a member of the U.S. National 30 Kilometer Championship Team.
Left to cherish his memory include his wife of 18 years, Bobbi Norris; daughters, Dina (Greg) Connor of Milton, Massachusetts and Andrea (Jordan) Kessner of Magnolia, Texas; and sons, David (Tressa) Norris of Baltimore, Maryland, Darren (Sarah) Brown of Weymouth, Massachusetts and Sandra Norris of Queensbury. Dave is also survived by his seven granddaughters, Katherine and Charlotte Connor, Emma and Mae Norris, Layla and Penelope Kessner and Abigail Ann Brown, as well as an eighth granddaughter to be welcomed by Darren and Sarah Brown in the spring of 2019.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Martha Catholic Church, 200 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Make a Difference Foundation, 8374 Market St., Suite 520, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202; or at https://www.makeadifferencetodayfoundation.org.