Victor – Norman Cardwell Cary, born March 28, 1947, passed away January 23, 2015 at 67 years. Norm was predeceased by loving parents Vernon Cary and Patricia Cary and good friends Jim Seppel, Newt Roberts and Penny Lambert.
Born in Southern California, Norman enjoyed a young life of sailing and motor cycling, igniting his passion for mechanics. Norman spent hours working on his outrageously beautiful, custom chopped Triumph, and over the years his many cars and trucks, as well as countless hours on friends’ wheels. He ingested service manuals like comic books–manuals for every type of engine or motor. He needed to know and succeeded in knowing the ‘how and why’ in everything mechanical and much of the natural world.
Norman lived in Sacramento and in Nevada City before building his dream home outside of Victor, Montana. If you were lucky enough to visit ‘Norm’s World’, you are unlikely to ever forget his big heart and quick, wicked sense of humor. Norman relished the best in audio/visual technologies, fishing the Big Hole, Dr. Marcie, movies that make you think, German engineering, Judge Judy, first morning coffee, the love of a good woman, all things of nature, hot showers, efficiency and good tools.
Norman was interested and analytical about world politics and social change, and via satellite dish he chose to keep up with the outside world, as well as choosing not to participate in it.
In his own way, Norman expressed everlasting gratitude for his few precious friendships. Evident was his sincere appreciation for their unconditional assistance which ensured his well-being during times of illness, particularly during the past several years. Norm loved his friends very much and we returned that love tenfold, which may just have pushed him beyond his comfort zone on occasion. As good and caring as Norman was, he kept true to himself with his ‘don’t give a…’ attitude, as reflected in this poem:
When I die
My atoms will come undone,
I’ll be space dust once again.
The wind will carry me and scatter me everywhere
Like dandelions in springtime.
I’ll visit worlds and alien moons.
It will be so damn poetic
Until I land on your sandwich.
Legends are never forgotten and you will be missed very much, dearest friend. Rest in peace, brother Norman, you deserve it.
Cremation has occurred per Norman’s request.
Due to seasonal conditions, there will be a celebration of Norman’s life in the spring. Those interested may contact Jay Seppel at (406) 777-2558 or Stan Roberts at (406) 207-5002, [email protected] Condolences and memories may be shared with family and friends at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.