Norman Tabor passed away suddenly, at a Tucson facility, after a five-month struggle with heat issues. Norman was part of our family for 20+ years. We will miss his stories that always led to another story that generally started with “the funny thing about that was.” He was a kind, gentle man who was friendly to everyone. He would visit with anyone who had the time. He fed the animals around his home, including snakes. There wasn’t a person or animal that he met that he wasn’t friends with. We want to take a minute to thank every person who sent him cards or asked about him before his passing. I read the cards to him and passed on the messages. It meant a lot him that he meant so much to others. He was such a humble man.
He lived a simple life the last 20 years. Norman was in the Army in his younger years. He then moved on to the Coast Guard and finally retired as a Purchasing Agent as a Civil Servant. Norm had a major heart attack in the mid-90’s and as a result his doctor instructed him that he needed to take it easy. After his heart surgery, he charted out places that would be good for him to be able to follow his passion, astronomy, and where he wouldn’t need to drive. He left Florida with a list of places to visit and a Greyhound Bus ticket. Benson, Arizona was his first stop. He fell in love with Benson immediately and never left. Before his heart issues started last year, he loved to ride his bike anywhere it would take him. He often would go on long bike trips with his camping gear and leave for days. He always let us know where he was going and when to expect him back so we could look for him if something went wrong. Thankfully, he never had issues. He was a VERY talented artist and we often suggested that he share his art with others via the Benson Museum, Cochise College or anywhere else he could think of. He would use colored ink pens to draw very detailed landscapes. For Christmas he would make us cards with a drawing of some area on our family property and then give us a chance to guess which part of the property it was from.
Life without him will not be the same. He was a part of our family almost my son’s whole life. The stars will forever be our memorial to him.
He is survived only by his “adopted” family: Gary & Diane Maluf, Daniel & Natalie Sabin & Ben Meyer.
Internment is planned for March 6th at 10am at Veterans Cemetery in Sierra Vista.