HUDSON FALLS — Norman “Norm” Cardinal, beloved father, brother, uncle, friend and husband, passed away peacefully Feb. 1, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Raised in Hudson Falls, New York, Norm was the eldest of six children to George and Marjorie Cardinal. He cared deeply about his family and worked hard to be the foundation, keeping 5 generations of Cardinals together, while putting the welfare of others in front of his own. He always said that family comes first and will always be there for you. It was this value that he instilled in each of his children.
Norm was a kind, caring, and compassionate man; generous to a fault to all he knew and cared about. He was always willing to help a fellow service member, and was proud of the time he served during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Norwich University in 1964 with a degree in electrical engineering and later earned his MBA from Syracuse University. Norm started his own business in the pool industry after working for several years at Niagara Mohawk, GE, and Aspen Industries, where he got his start in the swimming pool industry selling Tabex products.
From his first job doing farm work as a young child to being president of his own company, Norm was dedicated to his work and vowed he would never retire — a vow he kept. He spent countless hours on the road traveling from one call to the next because face to face meetings and personal relationships were important to him. This earned him recognition and respect as one of the tops in his field. Norm made friends wherever he went, and always left a lasting impression on all whom he met. He was easily recognized by his big smile and his great head of hair.
He held a special place in his heart for the Lake George area and in his later years it was very likely that you would find him there on any given week. When Norm wasn’t on the road, he could be found on the golf course. He especially looked forward to his Thursday golf league and his stays at his favorite hotel in Lake George; it was his second home and family. He lived his life on his own terms and touched so many lives in ways he will never truly know.
Norm is survived by his children, Donald (wife Sue), Tara, Kevin (wife Lorraine), Keira, Enid, step daughter, Kim (husband Jason), his wife, Audrey; and his grandchildren, Alexis, Cayla, Connor, Tor, Emma, and Spencer. He is also survived by 5 beloved siblings, Mary Ann, Florence, George (wife Barbara), Brian (wife Lesa), and Marj (husband Rick); and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
There will be a Celebration of Norm’s life at his second home in Lake George on June 2, 2018. Details for the celebration can be found at www.Never-Gone.com/Memorials/NormJCardinal. Donations may be made in his honor to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust (DAV) or the Fisher House Foundation.