AUBURN — Peter L. Norris, 71, of Madison, died Friday, Jan. 4, at the Hospice House.
He was born Feb. 16, 1941, in Farmington, to Raymond and Marguerite (Leavitt) Norris. Pete grew up in Strong, where he graduated from Strong High School. After graduation, he went to Massachusetts Radio and Telegraph School, where he received his diploma in February 1961. He went to work for Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier in Boston, where they built the electronics for NASA for the first Apollo Moon Mission.
After returning to Maine, Pete spent most of his life working in electronics, owning his own radio, TV and audio repair shop and working in the biomedical department at a Waterville hospital.
Pete was an avid fisherman and built his first boat at age 12. He won the State Fly Casting Championship in Franklin County in 1956. He spent many hours on the water and especially enjoyed the hours spent with his father.
Pete was active in Amateur Radio for more than 50 years, being first licensed in 1953. He was net manager of the Maine Emergency Communications Net for the past decade. He had conversations with people all over the world, but his two favorite contacts were with Barry Goldwater and King Hussein of Jordan.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; stepchildren, Andey Collins and Gary Merrill II; stepgranddaughter, Maya Merrill; and several cousins. He was much loved by his wife’s extended family.
Pete was predeceased by his parents.