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Tom Norton
  • March 03, 1960
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  • July 28, 2019

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Obituary

“Every second of every day a memory is made. So live life like there is no tomorrow”

 

Tom Norton was born March 3, 1960. He passed away on July 28, 2019 after a 17 month fight with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.

Tom “Tommy” Norton had a good life, some think too good sometimes! He lived in Southwest Philadelphia for 10 years until his family settled in Lansdowne, PA in Delaware County. It was there where he lived until adulthood. First as a student at St, Charles Borromeo School then Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School. He made many friends and pursued many adventures. At age 11 he became a news carrier for The Evening Bulletin. After that he worked in an auto body shop as well as McDonalds.

All work and no play, Tom did not participate in school sports, although he was a member of the Lansdowne Boys Club. At the Boys Club he participated in basketball and soccer. Some of his best memories were when his father was the coach.

When Tom graduated from Bonner in 1978, he went on to continue his education at Westchester State College where he became a lifelong member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE). He made lifelong friends from his fraternity and saw and spoke to them often. Just a few months ago he traveled to attend their homecoming game with many brothers and friends.

Tom was one of the biggest Philly Fans there was.  No matter if it was the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers or 76’ers. His dream was to see the Eagles win the Superbowl, which he was able to do before he passed. He even proposed to his wife Theresa at a Phillies game while his proposal flashed across the screen for all to witness.

Tom moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 2013 where he started a successful DJ business. He was known around town as DJ TommyTom. His Trivia nights & high energy dance parties were held in numerous venues in Ft. Myers & the Cape Coral area. Some of those included Reds, Nauti Parrot, Anthony’s, Del Tura Country Club, Pine Lakes Country Club, Cactus Jacks and more. The patrons were not only clients they were his best friends. He lived for his work and making people happy through his music and Trivia games. DJing was not a job to DJTommyTom it was his life.  He touched peoples lives and he loved every moment, as well as being loved by so many.

Tom will always be remembered for his amazing personality, his charm, charisma, determination and fighting spirit. There was no one more positive than him. His witty sense of humor and one liners made everyone who knew him smile and laugh. He was truly unique.

Tom is survived by his mother Juanita Norton of Cape Coral, FL, wife Theresa Norton of N. Ft. Myers, FL, His children; Jason Norton of Chicago, IL, Kelly (Ben) McCoy of Lancaster, PA, Danielle (Steve) Scavone of Royersford, PA, Patrick Norton of Brooklyn, NY. His brothers; Michael Norton of Cape Coral, FL, Jim (Candy) Norton of Weston, FL, Joey Norton of Fairfax, VA. His grandchildren Emerson & Liam McCoy, His Step Children; Shane McKavanagh, Connor McKavanagh, Sarah McKavanagh & Taylor McKavanagh. His nephews; Devin Norton & Jonathan Norton. Tom was preceded in death by his father Thomas Francis Norton, Jr.

Memorials can be made in Tom Norton’s name to The Lustgarten Foundation at https://www.lustgarten.org/donate/ or 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY., 11797

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  1. 16 Aug 2019
    Teggy Smith says:
    I met this incredible human angel at Reds trivia and enjoyed his energy and kindness. You can go a whole lifetime and not see a person who can light up a room with just being there. I was alone one night with trying to get all the answers for my team and he was so wonderful to me I will not forget him as long as I live. My heart is sad and empty that I will not see his face again nor hug him. I will not say goodbye but enjoy the ride Tom I know there is a special place you are at.

  2. 09 Aug 2019
    Stan & Nancy lit a candle:
    Lit since August 9, 2019 at 8:21:19 AM

  3. 05 Aug 2019
    Linda & Gary Downs says:
    We met Tommy through trivia awhile back and we could all take a lesson from Tommy - he was kind, funny and upbeat all of the time, no matter what he faced in life. He loved his family and he loved life. He was courageous in his last battle and kept an amazing attitude through it all, and now he is at peace. It was our pleasure to know him and he has left a lasting impression on us, and we are sure many others, and he will be very much missed.

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  6. 03 Aug 2019
    Candy Norton posted an image:
    Tom with his brothers at Reds.
    Tom with his brothers at Reds.

  7. 03 Aug 2019
    Debra Lilly says:
    Tom, I am heartbroken that you were taken from this world at such a young age. I met you 9 years ago and what a friend I found in you. You
    could always lift my sprits if I was having a bad day. What I learned about you were you were funny, a good listener, well spoken , you loved music and people, you were kind, caring and a gentle men, a good conversationalist. If you wanted to talk politics or sports you had his full ATTENTION. LOL He loved all the Philadelphia teams. I am so glad he got to see the Eagles win the Super Bowl. Tom reminded me of Norm from Cheers when he walked in a bar everyone knew his name. He had a lot of friends and touched a lot of hearts. He told me when he asked Theresa to marry him how he proposed to her. They had their ups and downs like any married couple but he really loved her. I will miss all the Wizard of Oz jokes and pictures he sent me ( as I am a collector).
    He touched so many peoples lives and hearts and he will live forever in all our memories. It's not goodbye my friend, it's until we meet again. R.I.P. TOMMYTOM

  8. 03 Aug 2019
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    Lit since August 3, 2019 at 8:33:36 AM

  9. 03 Aug 2019
    Candy Norton posted an image:


  10. 03 Aug 2019
    Candy Norton posted an image:
    A good friend & client asked to post some photos of Tom DJing Their New Years Eve party.
    A good friend & client asked to post some photos of Tom DJing Their New Years Eve party.

  11. 02 Aug 2019
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  14. 02 Aug 2019
    DOROTHY ZIEGLER says:
    R.I.P. TOM I WAS SO GLAD THAT I GOT TO SEE YOU AGAIN IN PA.AT TAYLORS GRADUATION. YOU WILL BE MISSED.

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  18. 01 Aug 2019
    Beth & Greg Wilkerson says:
    In the 8 months we have known Tommy, we have never seen him without a smile. A truly kind person with an optimistic outlook like we have never seen before. The way he dealt with his diagnosis was inspiring ... we could only hope to handle it with the same grace Tommy did. We will truly miss our neighbor and friend, Tommy Norton. R.I.P.

  19. 01 Aug 2019
    Beth & Greg Wilkerson lit a candle:
    Lit since August 1, 2019 at 8:16:30 PM

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  21. 01 Aug 2019
    Candy Norton says:
    So.... what did I learn in these past few days?
    One thing I learned is to never take your Family for granted.
    I knew that my brother in law was a fun loving guy. Always ready for a party. Actually, he was the life of the party.
    What I did not know, is how much he was loved and how much he loved back.
    He changed peoples lives, he saved marriages and helped people turn their lives around.
    He had a wonderful gift that I after knowing him for 30 years did not know. He touched people unlike anyone else and in his own way. He was a friend and a blessing to so many. RIP Tom. Will think of you daily. Love You.

  22. 01 Aug 2019
    Candy Norton lit a candle:
    Lit since August 1, 2019 at 8:26:38 PM

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  26. 01 Aug 2019
    Debbie Steele posted an image:
    This is the last pic of  of the dearest kindest man I had the pleasure to call a friend , Tommy you will be missed by many fly high with the angels and keep that music going up there we will never forget that smile
    This is the last pic of of the dearest kindest man I had the pleasure to call a friend , Tommy you will be missed by many fly high with the angels and keep that music going up there we will never forget that smile

  27. 01 Aug 2019
    Debbie Steele lit a candle:
    Lit since August 1, 2019 at 8:02:10 PM

  28. 01 Aug 2019
    Debbie Steele posted an image:
    Tommy you will be remembered & missed by so many , your spirit will live on thru your music I will forever remember the special talks we use to have my friend Fly high with the angels keep that music going
    Tommy you will be remembered & missed by so many , your spirit will live on thru your music I will forever remember the special talks we use to have my friend Fly high with the angels keep that music going

  29. 01 Aug 2019
    Theresa Norton says:
    My beautiful loving and wonderful husband....I miss you every minute of everyday. I hold your pillow so I can smell you and I do what you always did to make me sleep..I spray your cologne.. it's helped some but not the same. I will sign this the way you and I have said and signed everything for 15 years " I love you today coco" and I always will. Ty for all the love you gave and the beautiful memories we made I will treasure forever. Till we meet again....I love you

  30. 01 Aug 2019
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    Lit since August 1, 2019 at 8:06:25 PM