Cropseyville- Norman Albert Van Der Voort, 97, a longtime resident of Cropseyville, died peacefully, September 18, 2023 at Albany Medical Center following a short illness.
Born in Troy, February 7, 1926, Norman was the son of the late Henry W. and Helen (Halse) Van Der Voort.
Mr. Van Der Voort was a graduate of Troy High School. After enrolling and in his second year of study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, he was drafted into the United States Army on January 8, 1945. Following basic training, he was shipped off to Hawaii and served in the Pacific Asiatic Theatre during the late stages of World War II. At the end of the war, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist on August 28, 1946 and returned to Troy. He continued his studies and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from RPI.
Soon after graduation he was employed by the Nashua Tape Company (formerly Behr-Manning) in Watervliet. He held several positions, beginning as a production worker and with hard work and dedication earned his way through the ranks of employees and friends made through years of service. At the time of his retirement, he had earned the title of Manager of Quality Control.
Norman was a member of the Grafton Volunteer Fire Company where he served as the Fire Company Treasurer for 28 years and a member of the VFW Post #6340 in Grafton.
In his younger years he was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing and hunting. More recently he appreciated the beauty of nature and watching the deer and birds in his yard and surrounding fields.
In addition to several nieces and nephews, Mr. Van Der Voort is survived his friends and caregivers, William “Bill” and Wendy Crandall of Cropseyville.
A graveside service with military honors for Mr. Van Der Voort will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. Relatives and friends planning to attend are invited to gather in front of the Gardner Earl Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. to form the procession to the burial site. At Mr. Van Der Voort’s request there will be no public calling.
Memorial contributions if desired, may be made to the Carner-Etman-Smith VFW Post #6340, PO Box 361, Grafton, NY 12082 in memory of Norman A. Van Der Voort.