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30 FRIDAY, MAY 29- MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015 NEWS cape Gazette Obituaries )) Gary Jay Norris, award- winning city planner Gary lay Norris, 68, died at his home in Milton, Friday, May 22, 2015. Gary, a loving friend, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, is survived by his devoted fam- ily: Barbara Rankin of Milton; Holly (Norris), Calvin, Olivia and Camryn Shearer, all of Cham- bersburg, Pa.; Mary, Glen, Adam and Anna Birmingham of Avon- dale, Pa.; Laura Robson, Tam, Andrew and Silje Rankin, and Charles Rankin, all of Portland, Ore. Born in Tarentum, Pa., July 20, 1946, he was preceded in death by his parents, Roberta and ]ames Norris. Tall and handsome, Gary was a caring, affectionate, depend- able and unassuming man whose quiet but confident manner en- deared him to all of his friends. He was well read on a variety of subjects; he loved history, poli- tics, geography, sports, the arts, and enjoyed his role as neighbor- hood weatherman. Gary loved life at the beach and took advantage of any op- j OmrtUnity to indulge his passion good food, drink, music and araderie. | Gary gyjoyed entertaining and acting as the sous chef and host for dinner parties. Grill mas- ter extraordinaire was his title among friends. Among his many, many other interests and avocations were traveling, playing the guitar, read- ing, yoga, watercolor painting and bridge. Gary retired from a 40-year career in urban and regional planning in late 2013. He served as city planner of Milford from May 2006. Here he planned and devel- oped significant aspects of the town center and riverfront, and adjacent developments. During his tenure the city received the Great Places in America: Streets award from the American Plan- ning Association. Unique Tile & Stone, Granite & Quartz Countertops tions in the City of Surprise, Ariz., Maricopa County, Ariz., Chambersburg, Pa., and Franklin County, Pa. His 1997 comprehensive plan for Chambersburg was named "Outstanding Plan for Small Jurisdictions" by the Pennsyl- vania Planning Association. Publications include "Popula- Gary Norris tion Growth along the 1-81 Corridor," Pennsylva- nian, May 1989. He also de- signed and taught a stu- dio course in urban planning at Salisbury (Md.) University and was an instructor of planning at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College. Gary earned his master's degree in Urban Regional Plan- ning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Thesis ".Statistical Variations in the Amount of Soil Conservation Practiced in Penn- sylvania." He was a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a bach- elor's degree in economics and Tarentum (Pa.) High School. Both an athlete and a sports fan, Gary enthusiastically rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pi- rates and Penguins. Gary's real passion, however, was golf. He golfed locally with his many friends and enjoyed the challenges of courses across the country and abroad. Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, Bandon Dunes, Adare Manor Golf Club in Ire- land and the storied St. Andrews Links in Scotland are just a few of the courses he played. Gary was a life member of the American Planning Association. Other affiliations included The American Institute of Certified Planners, the Delaware Planning Association, the Urban Land Use Institute, the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, and the George Washington Lodge 143, Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. A memorial service and cele- bration of Gary's life will be held at Penn National Golf Club and Inn in Fayetteville, Pa., Saturday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m. Tee times are available before- hand. In honor of Gary, please con- sider donations to The First Tee land, DE 19732, an organization devoted to youth, teaching life skills and leadership through golf. Gary's smile, laugh, giggle, and infectious sense of humor will be missed and always remembered. Arrangements by Parsell Fu- neral Homes & Crematorium, Afldns-Lodge Chapel, Lewes. OF D E LAWARE Lewes tilem Since 192