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Thursday, December 4, 2008

God's Peace Be With Him

In Memory of Robert Nortz
Former Assembyman and beloved public servant H. Robert Nortz has passed away.

May he rest in peace. He was respected and love by many!

Please leave your condolence messages.

He was an avid reader and a joy to visit with and talk politics. He will undoubtedly be missed by so many people on both sides of the aisle. PIV had to post early in the morning, because he repeatedly told me that he got up at 5:30 and logged on to read, therefore we always attempted to have morning reading ready for Bob. Bob attended Lowville Academy school with my mother. As a child, I always looked forward to the Nortz Christmas card that faithfully arrived annually. The Nortz family has deep roots with my family, back to his days when he was referred to as Tubber.

R.I.P. Bob     


Mike Gillette said...

He always invited me on his Fall boat cruise and I don't think I missed very many over all the years - maybe 1 or 2, and I always visited with him when I was in Albany. I last spoke with him the end of September during Dave Renzi's campaign. We had a nice, long conversation.

I have many photographs and many happy memories. He was a true gentleman, and the true patriarch of the North Country GOP, IMO. There are few like him today.

From a "thank you" note from Bob 10/27/2000:

"Think where man's glory most begins and ends. And say my glory was I had such friends"

Wm. Yeats

Rest in peace, my friend.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know him personally, but had met him a few times. He always impressed as a guy who didn't speak differently to "important" people than he did to just the regular folk. That's a pretty nice thing, and increasingly uncommon.

Dan Francis said...

I knew Bob Nortz quite well - but from the opposite political aisle.

Many times I was around him and others when "candidates or incumbents spoke in public."

He always had a joke that warmed up the crowd.

I last met and spoke to Bob and his bride at the NSIL in October when McHugh debated Oot - we spoke for a few minutes and I asked him how he was and he flashed that smile and said, "I'm fine, thanks for asking." He hid his illness quite well -- he'll be missed.

RIP - Bob Nortz.

A friend from the other side of the political who always respected you.

~ dmf

Bobby Cantwell said...

I met Mr. Nortz for the first time when I was in my late teens. He took a couple of minutes to talk to a teenage kid about politics and how important it was to belong to a party. That really hit home with me, not so much the politics but the time he gave me. He was a man that would shake your hand and look you in the eyes. The last six months Mr. Nortz was deeply involved in my campaign for State Assembly. He never missed a meeting and always instilled passion and dedication. I had the pleasure of introducing Mr. Nortz at the Jefferson County Annual Dinner at Bonnie Castle in October. He took the podium and stole the show. I will cherish that honor for the rest of my life. It’s not so much that the North Country has lost a great Leader, but the North Country has lost a True Friend……..Farewell Mentor …God bless you and your family.
Bobby Cantwell

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