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Roland Henry Normand 1925-2023


Roland Henry Normand, 98, of Northampton, MA, passed away on July 16, 2023. Born on May 21, 1925, in Northampton, MA. He was a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.


Roland is survived by his son Mark Normand of Hatfield, his daughter Karen Normand of Sunderland along with her partner Margie Dow, his son Paul Normand of Agua Dulce, CA along with his wife Deborah, his granddaughter Erica (Matusiewicz) Jerome of Enfield, CT, along with her husband David Jerome and their sons Colby and Ethan Jerome, and his grandson Scott Matusiewicz of Whately along with his partner Jocelyn Rice. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva M. (Maspero) Normand.


Roland attended Northampton High School in Northampton, MA. Following his education, he proudly served in the U.S. Army from July 1943 to July 1946. His army years had an enormous impact on him.


He worked at S.K.Ames in Northampton, MA, from 1941 to 1943, and after his military stint served as an Army Attache in Belgium from 1946 to 1947. Roland then joined the U.S. V.A. Hospital in Leeds, MA, from 1947 to 1952. He continued his career at the Springfield Armory in Springfield, MA, from 1952 to 1968, and at General Electric in Springfield, MA, from 1968 to 1970. Roland concluded his professional journey at the University of MA Physical Plant in Amherst, MA, where he worked from 1970 to 1987.


In his free time, Roland pursued his passion for photography and hiking. He traveled the world extensively with the AMC and other hiking and travel groups. He found joy in capturing memorable moments through the lens of his camera and exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes. He was affectionately called "the papparazzi".


A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family to honor and remember Roland. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice at 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA 01060.


Roland will be deeply missed by his loved ones and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to us all.

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