Contributed by Susan Melvin Ledford K4ZXN
Words can't express the many emotion I'm feeling today. I've lost so many friends and loved ones in just the past couple of weeks. Norm was one of those friends who always had a smile on his face! He was one of my absolute favorite people who attended the Shelby Hamfest. He was a mentor and a friend. He and his wife Betty were awesome! They both attended my wedding and I considered them family. See the ham radio community becomes an extended family. I will miss Norm's smiling face and his answer when you would ask him how he was doing. He'd Say "fit as a fiddle and fine as frogs hair". Norm was an amazing person, he increased ham radio by mentoring new hams. This hamfest will surely be missing someone special.
It seems that each year or so we lose someone special to the hamfest and our radio club. In recent years, we've lost more than I can name but the following come to mind. Norm, Robby, Bob, Horace, Jean, Ann, Richard and so many others. Our club and hobby feel a void each time we lose one. I hope that we can all aspire to be more like Normal Harrill and to encourage and train younger hams to continue in the hobby and encourage future generations.
Norm, I will miss you buddy! Thanks for helping me beat Stephanie playing Trivia Crack! Stephanie, I know you will miss your dad but we will see him again someday.