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Ralph Lafayette Norton
Ralph Lafayette Norton of Essex Junction, age 72, passed away on April 29, 2018.
Ralph was born in Jericho, VT on July 10, 1945, at the Norton family home, the son of Douglas A. and Donna M. (Wendelburg) Norton.
Ralph was a graduate of Jericho High School class of 1963.
Ralph was fortunate enough to do what he loved more than anything and that was to own and operate trucks. Ralph, with his brother, Wayne, owned Norton Bros. Trucking and was able to work side by side with him for over 40 years building their business.
Ralph is survived by his son, Douglas (Kate) Norton and his children Ryan and Cody Norton. His daughter, Melissa (Joe) Barrett and their children Sam, Ben and Jordan Finkletsein and Chris and Courtney Barrett. Ralph is survived by his siblings Wayne (Peggy) Norton, Jody (Dennis) Plouffe, Rae (Steve) Atwood, Brenda (Mike) McKeown, Bruce (Brenda) Norton, Donna (Gerry Dumas) Norton as well as many nieces and nephews and very special friends.
Ralph was predeceased by his wife Mavis, his parents, Douglas A. and Donna M. Norton, his grandparents, Ralph L. and Josephine M. Norton as well as his very special niece, Chelsea (Rocky) O’Sullivan.
We would like to thank the VNA for their care and compassion as well as Ralph’s many family members that made his care and comfort their priority.
A service will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm at The Jericho Congregational Church, 3 Jericho Center Circle, Jericho. A private burial will follow for the family.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Humane Society of Chittenden County in memory of Ralph. www.chittenenhumane.org or Humane Society, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT 05403.