THE DALLES Norman Norm Bloomgarden, 82, died Jan. 7, 2011, at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore. He was born Oct. 11, 1928, in Portland to Lawrence and Vivian (Verhage) Bloomgarden.
He attended Ockley Green Elementary School and graduated from Siuslaw High School in Florence, Ore. He was in the Merchant Marines from 1946 to 1951 and then the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. Once finished with his military service, in 1955 he went to work for the phone company first Pacific Northwest Bell, then U.S. West and finally Qwest retiring in 1990 after 35 years.
In 1971, he and Maggie McNeil Mahoney were married and they made their home in Milwaukie, Ore., for many years before moving to Long Beach about 15 years ago. They enjoyed spending winters in Yuma, Ariz., and returning to the Peninsula each spring.
Mr. Bloomgarden was a wonderful man who was generous with his time in helping friends and family, was an inveterate putterer, and was known for his dry wit and great sense of humor, as well as for his outstanding dry martinis.
Survivors include his wife, Maggie of Long Beach; sons, Matthew Mahoney and Brian Mahoney of Portland and Dan Hahoney of Roseburg, Ore.; two daughters, Deirdre Clark and Siobhan Marrone both of Portland; six grandchildren, Aaron Mahoney, James Mahoney, Jessica Upton, Amber Hall, Marianne Mahoney and Jason Jordan; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and son, Dennis Bloomgarden, preceded him in death.
Cremation was by Neptune Crematory in Portland. A memorial service will be set at a later date.