Norman F. Breitner, former director of information services for the Maine State Housing Authority, died September 19, 2022 after living with lung cancer for more than four years. He was 77 years old.
Norm was born on August 22, 1945 in San Francisco, the eldest son of Marcelle and Fred Breitner.
Norm’s love for music started early: trumpet and bugle, followed by the trombone which he played in the Capuchino High School Band. Norm often spoke of the musical highlight of those formative years: the performance of the Capuchino Band as part of the 1961 inauguration festivities for President John F. Kennedy. Norm interrupted his college years to serve as a radar operator in the US Navy off the coast of Viet Nam. Subsequently, he received his BS in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. Norm then studied chemical oceanography at the University of Washington, Seattle, completing his master’s degree in 1978 while an assistant research at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor. . In 1980 he left Bigelow for Digital Equipment Corp. Over the next 14 years, Norm honed his skills in a wide range of operating systems; network hardware; system and network management and project/group leadership. For a time, Norm hung his shingle as Heron Cove Computing, Inc., consulting for profit and nonprofit organizations in coastal and central Maine. Norm ended his career with Maine State Housing Authority, Augusta as Director of Information Services, retiring in 2014.
During these years, Norm and I, his wife, Emily, found time to travel – Greece being a country we both loved to visit.
Of the many interests Norm enjoyed, music was paramount, ranging from classical, opera and folk to jazz, Gilbert & Sullivan and brass band. Norm has played in bands in the area including Boothbay Region Community Band, Harpswell Community Band but mainly with the Bath Municipal Band. He played trombone, euphonium and French horn. He enjoyed making music with others, the joys of rehearsal and performance, especially with others who also found their passion in making music together.
He touched many lives. All of us who loved him – family and friends – are deprived. We remember the kindness inherent in his nature, his spirit, his listening to others, his acceptance of people as he found them. Norm and his brother, Steve, shared an unbreakable bond. They were always there for each other. As for me, the half-century that Norm and I have lived together will never be enough. It was our great luck to have found and loved each other.
In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to: The Bath Municipal Band, or: The Dean Snell Cancer Foundation. See: www.deansnell.org
A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Hall Funeral Home, 975 Wiscasset Rd. Boothbay, ME 04537, on Friday, October 14, from 4-6 p.m. Phone: 207-633-2171. Everyone is welcome.