I am sorry to announce the passing of one of the original on here NT, Norbert Thompson. Some of you may remember me Jeff, I used to camp and paddle with Norb at Kinzua and other places around us. Norb has been working for our family for many years 30+, I had the pleasure of growing up around him and he was my mentor into the paddling world. I know he has not been very active on here and has not paddled due to health reasons for the last few years. Norb has been battling cancer and some other ailments. Sadly he was admitted to the hospital last evening and passed away this morning 9-24-13. One of my favorite memories was having the "Menacing Duckhead" stickers made. Please post your favorite NT story of photo, I would like to give it to his wife Charlean. I will post Funeral info when it is available. Thanks Jeff Yocum
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Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Sep-06-13 10:40 AM (EST)
NT was one of the originals here on P.net. I had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions as well as paddling with him, as have many here. I have quite a few photo's of NT at Raystown, I'll have to dig them up and post a few.
Posted by: billinpa on Sep-06-13 11:24 AM (EST)
To Norbert's friends and family. Truly a sad day. I first met NT at the first Raystown we started 14 years ago and many since up to his health problems. He was a true paddler and woodsman. His way with wood and the paddles and things he made were art.
Posted by: mintjulep on Sep-06-13 1:02 PM (EST)
He sounds like someone I would |
Posted by: string on Sep-06-13 1:12 PM (EST)
have liked to know.
Condolences and thanks|
Posted by: booztalkin on Sep-06-13 2:43 PM (EST)
Thanks for posting, that must have been difficult. I wondered whatever happened to NT, so thanks for the news, though I wish it were not so sad.
Very Sad Day.|
Posted by: Joel-Beckwith on Sep-06-13 3:43 PM (EST)
He Will Be Missed|
Posted by: TOPHER on Sep-06-13 3:52 PM (EST)
I had the good fortune of paddling and camping with Norbert on several occasions. He was a solid character who was a pleasure to share a fire with. I still treasure the Wannigan box he made for me.
Posted by: dougd on Sep-06-13 4:05 PM (EST)
NT was a great man! My first visit to Raystown ended up with NT, Scottb and myself doing the first run of the Juniata! I remember him just enjoying the hell out of that day! He will be missed! This is a sad day!
Sorry to hear...|
Posted by: PJC on Sep-06-13 4:17 PM (EST)
NT was one of those who's posts I always read and always enjoyed. His personality always came through. You always had the feeling you were engaging with a real person and not some sort of goofy "on-line persona" with him.
Sad day indeed|
Posted by: clarion on Sep-06-13 4:28 PM (EST)
NT organized my two sons' first canoe camping trip. From Friday to Sunday we were on the Allegheny River. My boys were 5 and 7 at the time. We've done a lot of trips since then but that one is still their favorite, hands down. Thanks NT. Rest in Peace.
I am very sad to hear this. |
Posted by: scottb on Sep-06-13 4:45 PM (EST)
Norb was a great guy that I had to pleasure to meet and hang out with on several occasions. Wonderful sense of humor and give you the shirt off his back. I am glad to have known him and sorry to hear of his passing.
From Mike McCrea|
Posted by: dougd on Sep-06-13 4:57 PM (EST)
Doug, I no longer remember my P.net log in. Please post this for me, you can preface it by saying that I asked you to do so.
Sorry To Hear That|
Posted by: barracuda on Sep-06-13 5:06 PM (EST)
Being on different coasts, we never actually got to meet. I remember during the very early days of Paddling.net, about 1999, the group was much smaller and more active. He was a big part of it.
Sorry to hear it|
Posted by: c2g on Sep-06-13 5:47 PM (EST)
I met N.T. at the first Raystown. He was a good person and a pleasure to be around. He will be missed.
speaking of the walnut duckhead|
Posted by: jeffy0023 on Sep-06-13 6:45 PM (EST)
I still have a few of the original purple DuckHead decals and have had them on every car I own. I will never look at those stickers or the Independence that he found for me and helped me completely restore. I just wish I could have said goodbye, We were at a picnic together Saturday and I saw him at work Tuesday and Wednesday, I to look forward to the campfire on the other side.
Condolences to his family...|
Posted by: TexasLady on Sep-06-13 6:40 PM (EST)
N.T...may you rest in peace.
Posted by: FatElmo on Sep-06-13 7:52 PM (EST)
Found some photo's|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Sep-06-13 9:10 PM (EST)
Posted by: toesnorth on Sep-06-13 9:39 PM (EST)
I never had the pleasure to meet him in person but NT was one of the first PNet family members and his absence is our loss.
Sorry to hear!|
Posted by: lindabaron on Sep-07-13 9:30 AM (EST)
Always not the kind of news one wants but death is there for all of us. We emailed a few times in the past but never got to paddle with him...RIP NT...
So sorry to hear this|
Posted by: puffingin on Sep-07-13 10:20 AM (EST)
Not sure if I met him but I certainly recall reading and enjoying his posts on P-net. We did go to one Raystown gathering but I don't remember if he was there. Darryl would have remembered and enjoyed visiting with him.
Norbert was there|
Posted by: pblanc on Sep-09-13 6:59 PM (EST)
I remember that year when I first met you and Darryl. I am pretty sure NT was camping at "the point" that year.
Posted by: Conk on Sep-07-13 10:59 AM (EST)
Posted by: jeffy0023 on Sep-08-13 4:28 PM (EST)
Too soon, too sad|
Posted by: ness on Sep-09-13 6:23 AM (EST)
I met NT at a Middle Yough trip. He was not your average fellow - opinionated, and brutally honest. But, NT was very good to me and my husband Hopsing. We spent a couple summers camping with him and a few others at Pymo, Clendenning, Raystown, Kinzua, etc.
Posted by: riverman69 on Sep-09-13 6:55 AM (EST)
I had the pleasure of paddling and camping with NT. He was great to have around and a fine woodworker.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-09-13 11:48 AM (EST)
I remember getting to "Know" Norbert in e-mails and a few phone calls we exchanged back and forth when he was battling cancer years ago. Having been through chemo and radiation myself years ago we mad a connection.
On this note....|
Posted by: lindabaron on Sep-09-13 2:44 PM (EST)
I am gonna try to come here more often...my paddling roots are deep.Just don`t get to the river much these days as I have no car ...you peeps are just as much friends as are physically-close peeps here....
Posted by: PlacidPaddler on Sep-09-13 12:17 PM (EST)
On Sunday morning I just happened to be thinking about NT. I was remembering how sad it was when he started selling his boats. As we get older we understand the need for lifestyle adjustments and transitions; but it still isn't easy seeing our friends let go of activities that gave them pleasure and satisfaction. Let's hope he is in a happy place without pain where he can bike and paddle at will.
Remembering all the good times!|
Posted by: Nightswimmer on Sep-09-13 9:42 PM (EST)
I heard the sad news on Sunday afternoon and I've been delaying my post because the right words haven't been coming to mind. I met NT 10 years ago and we hit it off right away. We spent many nights staying up too late around a campfire on various lakes and rivers drinking beers, Black Russians and smoking those nasty Grenadiers he loved so much. He welcomed me into his home on more than one occasion and I met his lovely wife. Sometimes I would call his house and ask her if "NT could come out and play". NT was a wealth of knowledge, a talented photographer and even better wood worker. He made me one of the most beautiful canoe paddles I have hanging on my rack, I use it often and will make it a point to use more.
A sad smile on my face|
Posted by: wesd on Sep-10-13 8:06 AM (EST)
I met NT in 2001. He helped me with buying my first cane, the old MRX. He helped me and advised me in buying my first solo canoe the Shearwater which I still own. He helped me in buying my first Magic.
Sorry to Hear|
Posted by: McYak on Sep-10-13 8:38 AM (EST)
Ness let me know NT had passed. (the shoulders went and I sold the artic tern 4 years back)
Posted by: Pyker on Sep-10-13 10:04 AM (EST)
As many have said I shared a number of nights at various campsites with NT and always enjoyed his comradeship. Pymatuning, Yough River and Raystown are all memorable, but my favorite mind's eye picture was on an Allegheny River overnighter and we were all sitting about camp and we caught Norb sharing his sandwich with ole Greydog. He was hunched over nose to nose and carrying on a conversation like she could talk back. Priceless!
Posted by: whitegs on Sep-10-13 10:52 AM (EST)
At my advanced age, when contemporaries are passing away, it always saddens me to hear about someone who is much younger than me dying. I met NT at my first Raystown. I had taken up canoeing almost as therapy after my first wife died. I met a wonderful group of friends and NT was always an important part of our outings. I knew that NT's health problems were serious, but he never seemed to let them spoil his enjoyment of life.
Nice to hear from you Doc!|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Sep-10-13 11:31 AM (EST)
I agree, too young! I was surprised to see that NT was actually younger than I am. Recently I've had a close friend pass away, my age and the big shocker was when I found out an old girl friend (my first serious relationship) had passed. Just doesn't seem fair! Buy life is not fair!
Posted by: jeffy0023 on Sep-10-13 1:48 PM (EST)
Thank you so much for the kind words. I have printed this thread and will give them to Norbs wife tonight. Hopefully I can see some of you guys before the water gets hard. JEff
A Couple More Pics|
Posted by: dougd on Sep-10-13 2:50 PM (EST)
Saddened to learn of NT's Passing|
Posted by: ret603 on Sep-10-13 7:14 PM (EST)
Just returned from a long weekend in Maine. Watched my grandson play in his first HS Soccer game and joined my wonderful daughter-in-law in celebrating her birthday. When I returned home today and looked at the internet I was slammed by the news of Norb's passing.
My kindest tribute to NT is that |
Posted by: Jsaults on Sep-10-13 8:49 PM (EST)
I always looked forward to sitting around a campfire with him. Love you Norb!
NT was always|
Posted by: fwalburg on Sep-10-13 9:34 PM (EST)
generous and giving. He made and then installed thwarts in my first Prism at his workshop. He'd help others with their boats especially when he'd meet friends, camp and paddle at Pymatuning just north of where he lived. For a while his Xterra could be seen on Google Maps of the Linesville beach campsite. During Prism 'tween times I paddled the Wildfire I got from NT. He even made thwarts for my second Prism, though giving me a side glance with lifted eyebrow. I installed those. They are still on it, I still have the Wildfire, and a combination lighter/light he gave me before a trip to the BWCA. As a challenge NT shortened my bentshaft paddle with a new custom grip. All this finally for a bottle of his favorite. Conversation was never dull around the campfire when NT was there. If there is a testament for our having been here it is that we have left a challenge for others to be better. NT so challenged me. Frank
Sorry to hear that|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Sep-18-13 12:48 PM (EST)
I never met him, but he was a regular on P-net when I first got here. I never found out until after he was mostly gone from the message boards what a nice guy he was in-person, and that a few people that I knew had been keeping in touch with him regularly via direct email about all sorts of things. He seemed to have a quirky sense of humor, and I remember one of his posts, titled "Okay, who drags their boats?", in which he said that when someone drags their boat instead of carrying it, they give the impression that they are angry with it and trying to teach it a lesson.