Remembering Norman Spring
By Joe Siegel
Rehoboth is mourning the loss of Norman Spring, who was a staple at several town events through the years.
Spring was a photographer for the Reporter and captured the people and places in town with his camera. He was also a husband and father and had a deep love for his community.
Spring was born in Boston on December 6, 1941. He moved to Rehoboth more than 50 years ago. “He loved the people,” said Spring’s son Michael. “He loved the country part of it, he loved the history of it.”
Spring was employed at Texas Instruments as a mechanic and an engineer. “He would tweak the machines to make them work,” Spring said. “My Dad would just go in and change the design a little bit.”
A memorial service for Spring has not been scheduled.
Richard Georgia, Publisher of the Reporter, met Spring when he was serving as chairman of the town’s 350th Anniversary Committee. Spring had volunteered to shoot video and take photos of the various events happening for the celebration. Georgia said Spring was a “hard-working guy” who used all his own equipment. “He would help anybody who needed help,” Georgia added. “He helped the Council on Aging, he helped the Police Department, he helped everybody.” “Norm was a close friend and I will miss him.”
“Norm was always just a good guy, he was a great photographer,” said former selectman John Ferreira, who considered Spring a friend. “He made a lot of memories for a lot of people with his photos,” Fereira said. “It’s a great loss for the town.”
Spring also served on the Cable Television Advisory Committee.
Selectmen Chairman Skip Vadnais explained Spring was the head of RePAC (Rehoboth Public Access Corporation) for a period. “He did a lot of good work for us,” Vadnais noted. “He was a man who was everywhere, if there was something going on, Norm was there documenting it, he was a really good guy, he’s going to be missed a lot.”
Norman Loring Spring, 79, Passed away on January 20th At St Anne's hospital in Fall River. Born in Boston MA, on December 6th 1941. Norm was the son of Norman Loring Spring and his mother’s name was Rita Teresa Reynolds Spring. Norm was predeceased by his parents and his younger sister, Norma Spring Brayton.
After Boston high school, Norm was employed by Texas Instruments in Attleboro as an engineer and mechanic. Norm also worked for the town of Rehoboth as official photographer. He also served as Official photographer and Videographer for Rehoboth’s 350th Anniversary Celebration.
Norm is survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren: daughter Suzanne Spring Wilson, husband Richard and children, Samantha, and Richard Jr.; Daniel, son Akila Ravi Spring and daughter, Laila Nor Spring; Edward Spring, wife Paula, daughter Brittany and daughter Karissa; Michael L. Spring, wife Debbie, daughter Amanda and daughter Emily.
A Memorial service will be private with family only.