OXFORD — Norman Wayne Foster, 77, passed away Sunday, May 7, at his home in Oxford.

Mr. Foster was born Jan. 24, 1940, to Stanley V. and Sylvia S. (Peiju) Foster in Lewiston, and was raised in Oxford along with his sister, Barbara.

In his early years, Norman would be compelled to behave in order to ride along with his father in the milk truck of the family-owned dairy farm. He played his summer days away at the family camp on Hogan Pond, and excelled in local sports through his graduation from Oxford High School in 1958. Following high school, Norman met his beautiful bride, Judith Ann MacKenzie. The two were married on July 7, 1961.

In the years after their marriage, Norman spent three years in the U.S. Navy. Upon his return to Maine, he attended the University of Maine at Gorham, graduating in 1968. Norman and Judi welcomed their only child, Tanya Beth, later that same year. Following graduation, Norman went on to become a life-changing educator. He taught at the Poland Spring Job Corps and at Mexico High School — which ultimately became a part of Mountain Valley High School. He taught subjects relative to government, politics and civics and during these years he considered each student to be “one of my kids.” His enthusiasm for the subject matter and his undying respect and compassion for his students was evidenced by numerous yearbook dedications. He was a cherished teacher who changed many lives and he would want them to know that they changed his, too.

Away from the classroom, Norman was still engrossed with politics and government, but was also a man of many other passions. His knowledge of deer-hunting and fly-fishing could fill volumes and he was always eager to share what he knew. In addition, he enjoyed gardening, playing golf, snowmobiling and watching NASCAR. He was always proud of his service in the Navy and was an active member of the American Legion while his health allowed.

Norman is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Judith; their daughter, Tanya Lowell, and her husband, John; grandson, Thomas Foster Lowell; sister, Barbara (Foster) Johnson; niece, Vanessa (Johnson) Barnard; a special aunt, Lahja (Peiju) DiBello; many cousins, nieces, nephews; and countless friends.

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Norman was predeceased by his parents, Stanley V. and Sylvia S. (Peiju) Foster; and a niece, Kimberly Johnson.

The family wishes to thank Beacon Hospice for making it possible for Norman to remain in his home and with his family in his final days.

Condolences may be expressed at https://www.facebook.com/AffordableCremationSoluton/.

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