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PREECE, Norman Alfred, 85, of Spring Hill, Florida, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at his home.
He was born June 23, 1933 in Melrose, Massachusetts and came to this area 29 years ago from Georgia. After graduating high school, Norman joined the Navy and as a Seabee stationed in Japan he was engaged in underwater demolition during the Korean conflict. After leaving the Navy, he joined the Air Force where upon retiring in 1993 he worked for Western Union and General Electric where he received the G.E. Idea Man of 1975 award which he also won in 1970 for submitting the most money-saving ideas and inventions. He later worked for Data General until shortly before it closed. He opened the B&P Cycle shop which catered to the over 40 and disabled and ran it for seven years until his stroke in 1996. Norman was a member of the VFW in Spring Hill.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alice Preece of Spring Hill, Florida; sons, Thom Preece of Spring Hill, Florida and Raymond Preece of Brooklyn, Connecticut; daughters, Theresa Maze of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Frances Rollinson of Pomfret, Connecticut and Patricia Watkins of Flowery Branch, Georgia; sister, Joan Goldsmith of Booth Bay Maine; five grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.