Timothy Shawn Norton of Leominster died June 15, after a long battle with mental illness and addiction. Mr. Norton, 59, was a former Mashpee resident.
Born in Attleboro, he was fourth of the seven children of Phillip A. Norton Sr. and Louise M. (Dandini) Norton. He moved to Bourne with his family in 1973, when his father accepted the position of athletic director and head of the physical education department at Bourne High School.
He graduated from Bourne High School with the Class of 1979; during his four years there he excelled in athletics.
He enjoyed swimming in the ocean as well as watching the sun set at Old Silver Beach. In addition to Bourne, he also had lived in the Popponesset community of Mashpee.
On multiple occasions Mr. Norton had participated in the Falmouth Road Race, triathlons, a half-iron man race, the Boston Marathon, Tough Mudder and Spartan races. He was an avid fan of the New Englanld Patriots as well as the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. However, he most enjoyed watching his children and extended family members coach, compete and excel in athletics as they earned many championships through the years.
The founder and owner of Apex Properties, while Mr. Norton worked as a commercial real estate investment broker for his company, he spent his life committed to community service. He coached his children and youth sports programs through the Leominster Recreation Department. He served as vice chairman of North Central Massachusetts Boys & Girls Club, chaired its capital and endowment campaign and spearheaded the Annual Boys & Girls Club Dual 5K Great Futures Race. He also served as a parent representative for several public school district committees in Leominster.
Mr. Norton was the recipient of the Boys & Girls Club Distinguished Service Award and the Mount Wachusett Community College Presidential Commendation Service Above Self Award.
He leaves three children as well as his former wife, Kristen Caisse; five siblings; and a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his mother in 2010 and by his father in 2018; as well as by his eldest sister.
Funeral services are private, with a second celebration of his life to be held at a later date on Cape Cod.