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Norman C. VanderNoot

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Laconia ——- Norman C. VanderNoot, 66, of 45 Wildwood Rd, died on Saturday, May 25, 2002 at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y. on October 10, 1935, he was the son of Theodore and Elinor (Cox) VanderNoot.

He attended schools in New York, graduating from high school in Yonkers. He was a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in 1957 and, after working a year, he attended the Boston University School of Public Relations and Communications in 1958 and 1959. He worked at advertising agencies until he started in the newspaper business at the Laconia Evening Citizen in 1963. He left there and became general manager of weekly papers in Woodsville, NH and Hampton, NH, which were owned by former Governor S. Wesley Powell. He later worked for newspapers in Connecticut and Claremont, NH before returning as city editor at the Citizen in 1970.

In 1975, he joined the staff of Governor Meldrim Thomson in the Energy Office becoming acting head in1976. In 1978, he was appointed to head the Office of Vacation Travel and produced and scheduled thestate’s first TV ads for a few selective markets. In 1982, he joined the Mt. Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods Ski Area as vice-president of marketing, but returned to Concord as communications director for Governor John Sununu in 1983. He served as the governor’s staff representative to The National Governors Association and the New England Governors Conference. He left the staff in 1986 to become executive director of the New Hampshire Petroleum Council, a division of the American Petroleum Institute, and he represented major oil in the state for 11 years until he retired in 1998.

VanderNoot was past chairman and member of the Laconia School Board and chairman of the Supervisory Union. He was a past vice president of the Laconia Chamber, past vice president and coach of the Laconia Little League, and served on the boards of the Laconia United Way, the National Tour Brokers Association, The American Bus Association and the Travel Directors of New England. He was a life member of the Laconia Lodge of Elks, BPOE 876. He was associated with Big E (New England Exposition) for more than 18 years and was a past member of the board of directors and past chairman of the New Hampshire Trustees.

He loved well, and was well loved.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary M. (Morrison) VanderNoot; his son, Matthew, of Berkeley, CA; his son, Christopher and daughter-in-law Mary and granddaughters, Christine and Natalie and grandson, Parker of Lakeport. His daughter, Jennifer VanderNoot and son-in-law, James Heath and granddaughter, Abigail of Penacook; and his daughter Stacy (VanderNoot) and son-in-law, Timothy McNulty, and granddaughters, Caitlyn and Molly of Litchfield. A sister-in-law, Martha VanderNoot of Ottawa, CAN; Sister-in-law, Medora Morrison of Meredith; brothers-in-law Zane & wife, Betty Morrison of Laconia; and Randy & wife Mary Morrison of Chichester and 12 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Theodore and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Norman C. and Mary M. VanderNoot Scholarship Fund, Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2002 from 5-8pm at the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

The Laconia Lodge of Elks will conduct a Session of Sorrow Tuesday at 7:00 PM during Calling Hours at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 11:00 AM. at Our Lady Of The Lakes Church, 50 Washington Streeet, Lakeport. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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