Norman Licata, Sr.
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Norman Licata Sr. while surrounded by his loving family. He passed comfortably on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the age of 81.
Born on Sept. 9, 1929 at Windham Community Memorial Hospital, he was the sixth of nine children born to the late Joseph P. Licata Sr. and Lily (Salveggio) Licata.
Norman was an avid supporter of both community and country.
He graduated in 1947 from Windham Technical School.
While proudly serving his country from 1950-52 in the Korean War he was decorated twice with a bronze star.
Soon after returning, he began working as a machinist at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT. In 1993, he retired after 41 years of hard work and dedication to his craft.
From 1996-99, he was the custodian for the Coventry School System where children, teachers and administrators loved his joviality and work ethic.
From the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Norman was very active in local community programs where he helped coach, teach and prepare young athletes for the next level of sports and life.
Members of the Willimantic Youth Baseball Farm Teams, and especially the VFW Midget Football Program from that era, will remember Coach Licata as hard nosed, patient and dedicated to teaching, but most of all, their biggest fan.
He was an active member of several cultural and community organizations including: since 1980, the Ella T. Grasso Lodge #2538 O.S.I.A. of Hartford, CT; in 1983, he joined the Veterans of Foreign War Home in Willimantic, CT where he served terms as both Post Commander and Chaplin while becoming a Life Member; he became a 3rd-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #14 of Windham, CT and for 27 years, BPO Elks #1311 in Willimantic, CT.
Norman was baptized and a devoted parishioner at St. Joseph Church, and a member of their Men’s Prayer Club.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years Elizabeth (Thompson) Licata, and two sons Norman Licata, Jr. and his wife Maryann of Beacon Falls, CT and Samuel A. Licata and his wife Pamela of East Hampton, CT.
He was predeceased by his sisters Mary and Josephine, and brothers Paul and Joseph Jr.
He is survived by his sisters Rose Bodino of Shreveport, LA. and Lillian Cohen of Coventry, CT and brothers Samuel Licata of Willimantic, CT and Angelo Licata of East Hartford, CT, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
His family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect St., Willimantic www.baconfh.com
Friday July 15, calling will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Church at 10 a.m.
Burial, with full military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Windham, CT.
In lieu of flowers, Norman and the family ask that you consider a donation to either of these two worthy causes: the St. Joseph Church Renovation Fund, 99 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT, 06226 or the Veterans of Foreign War Home Building Fund, 1415 West Main Street, Willimantic, CT, 06226.
Posted July 14, 2011
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