FITCHBURG - Dr. Norman H. Fredette, Ed.D., died on April 18th, 2023, at his home in Fitchburg surrounded by family. Norman was born on March 16th, 1935, in Fitchburg, MA to Arthur and Alphonsine Fredette. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Sheila (LaFortune) Fredette for almost 63 years. In addition to Sheila, he leaves three children: Andre Fredette and his wife, Nancy, Suzanne (Fredette) Lucas, and David Fredette. Norman also leaves four grandchildren, Jennifer, Ryan and Rae Fredette, and Sage (Lucas) Garcia and her husband, Chris.
Norman was a kind, generous, and compassionate man. He was devoted to his family and always put his loved ones first. He was a loving husband to Sheila, and a caring and involved father and grandfather. He cherished his family above all else and was always there to offer guidance, support, and a listening ear.
Norman was also accomplished in his professional career. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UMASS Amherst, he became a science teacher at Oakmont Regional High School. While at Oakmont, Norman was chosen to attend a special program for science educators at Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Education degree. He then joined the faculty at Fitchburg State University where he served as a Professor of Physics for 35 years. While at FSU, Norman also earned a Doctor of Education from UMASS Amherst. He dedicated his life to educating and inspiring young minds. He was a gifted teacher who had a talent for making complex concepts understandable and engaging to his students.
Even after retirement, Norman continued to pursue his passion for learning. He took courses himself and was active as a director and instructor in the Fitchburg State Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program.
Norman was also known for his selflessness and generosity. He had a big heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Norman and Sheila were instrumental in launching the Beacon of Hope, a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Norman also served as president of the board of directors of the Arc of Massachusetts.
Norman leaves behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, and dedication to education and community service. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. The world is a better place for having had Norman Fredette in it, and his memory will live on forever in the hearts of those who loved him.
A service will be held at Noon on Saturday, April 22, 2003, at St. Camillus Church, 333 Mechanic St, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Burial will be private at a later date. There are no calling hours. All attending are asked to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beacon of Hope, 62 West Street, P.O. Box 426, Leominster, MA 01453.
To send an online condolence please visit www.brandonfuneral.com.
Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg is directing arrangements.