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Norman Belding Lyons.

FITCHBURG Norman Belding Lyons passed from this life on September 25, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease Parkinson's disease or Parkinsonism, degenerative brain disorder first described by the English surgeon James Parkinson in 1817. When there is no known cause, the disease usually appears after age 40 and is referred to as Parkinson's disease. . Norman was born in Fitchburg on March 31, 1922 to William E. Lyons, Sr. and S. Maude (Belding) Lyons. The youngest of their three children (brother William E. Lyons, Jr., who died in 1985 and sister Martha L. Woodward, who died in 1999), Norman graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1940 and then enrolled in the Eastern Radio Institute in Boston, Massachusetts “Boston” redirects here. For other uses, see Boston (disambiguation).
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, where he studied electronics. After his graduation from Eastern Radio Institute in 1941, he worked for Gensea Corporation as a radio operator for lightship lightship, moored vessel bearing lights and other signal devices to guide ships and warn of hazards to navigation. Lightships are generally stationed at points where a lighthouse cannot be erected; they are given distinctive features (e.g.  communications. In March 1942, he accepted a position as the transmitter engineer for WWSR, a commercial broadcast radio station in St. Albans, Vermont Places named St. Albans, Vermont:
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. In March 1943, he joined the United States Army United States Army

Major branch of the U.S. military forces, charged with preserving peace and security and defending the nation. The first regular U.S. fighting force, the Continental Army, was organized by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, to supplement local
, and after engineering training at New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S).  State College, he served as a radio operator with the 97th Division, 303rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, HQ Company, until his discharge in 1946. After working for a short time as an engineer for WEIM in Fitchburg, Norman returned to the service of his country, working as a field engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1946 through 1959. On his return to private industry in 1960, Norman worked as a field engineer for several companies. He retired from full time work in 1977 but continued to work on a contract basis for several years.

Norman's love for radio and electronics began when he was a student in the Fitchburg public school system. He earned his amateur radio operator's license from the Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission (FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest.  in 1938. He was given the call sign W1LXE LXE Lightguide Express Entry (AT&T) , which he held until his death. He held the highest grade of amateur license, the Amateur Extra Class license. When his work took him to other countries, he often obtained amateur radio licenses in those countries so that he could continue to enjoy his hobby while away from the United States. He served as a friend and "elmer" (mentor) to many interested in the hobby, including his nephew, William Lyons. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL (American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT, A membership organization founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim that provided a sounding board for amateur radio operators in the U.S. ) and the Montachusett Amateur Radio Association (MARA). Until his health prevented him from doing so, he enjoyed attending the monthly MARA meetings and the monthly "old timers'" lunches sponsored by MARA. He particularly enjoyed going to ham radio flea markets. He took great pleasure in finding anything electronic that could be revived, reused, or incorporated into a project.

Norman was an avid reader. His interests included science fiction, books about railroads and trolleys, and about espionage. He particularly enjoyed the stories of New England author H. P. Lovecraft This article is about the author. For the rock group, see H. P. Lovecraft (band).

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. He shared with his family his love of British comedy, bad science fiction films, and most of all horrible puns.

Although he never married, family was very important to Norman. Sunday brunch with family members became a tradition, and nothing delighted Norman more than to find a new place to enjoy brunch. Among Norman's favorite places to have brunch were traditional New England diners.

After he retired, Norman lived with his brother and then, after his brother's death, with his niece Patricia Keller. Pat and her husband Bob were Norman's primary caregivers for many years. Norman often said that he could not adequately express how much it meant to him that Pat was there to help him as the Parkinson's Disease and macular degeneration macular degeneration, eye disorder causing loss of central vision. The affected area, the macula, lies at the back of the retina and is the part that produces the sharpest vision.  increasingly took their toll. The members of his family who could not be there to help recognize how important Pat was to Norman.

The family gratefully acknowledges the wonderful care Norman received during the last weeks of his life from Life Care Center of Leominster. Everyone associated with Life Care and Summit Elder Care provided compassionate care for Norman and the family.

Norman leaves two nieces, Patricia J. L. Keller and her spouse, Robert E. Keller, Jr. (Fitchburg, MA), and Norma Sue Belloli and her spouse Glenn L. Belloli (Petersham Pe´ter`sham

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, MA); four nephews, John A. Woodward and his spouse Nancy D. Woodward (Stafford, VA), William H. Lyons and his spouse Karen V. Lyons (Lincoln, NE), Robert B. Lyons (Palmdale, CA), and Gary E. Lyons and his spouse Jayne M. Squirrel (Madison, WI); two grandnieces, Tina M. Duguay, and her spouse, Marc E. Duguay (Petersham, MA) and Virginia L. Brown and her spouse Bradley D. Brown (Lake Bluff, IL); two grandnephews, Andrew P. Belloli and his spouse Tricia L. Belloli (Orange, MA) and Kevin M. Lyons and his spouse Megan M. Lyons (Lincoln, NE); as well as several great grandnieces and nephews.

When amateur radio operators end a conversation, they use a time honored shorthand, "SK," which means "silent key." When an amateur passes on, he is listed as a silent key. Norman has become a silent key but his family and his friends will always remember him as a friend, mentor and example.

Norman requested that no there be no formal funeral or memorial service. Those who wish to remember Norman could do so by making a gift in support of research on macular degeneration or Parkinson's Disease.

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. The Lavery Chartrand & Alario Funeral Home, 99 Summer St. is assisting the family with final arrangements.
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Date:Sep 30, 2009
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