Norman Salkin died of cancer in Bethesda Hospital, Boynton Beach, FL, on Sept. 21, 2008. He was 84. Norm was born Aug. 23, 1924 in New York City. He grew up in the Bronx and met his beautiful wife Lorraine at Schiff Community Center when they were teenagers. They were an item while he attended Brooklyn College for two years before joining the Air Force in 1941. Norm flew 42 missions as a radio operator/side gunner in B-25 aircraft while stationed in Corsica. He often referred to those years as having lived Catch 22. He recently wrote a book of his experiences during the war years called Mutiny in the Air.
After the war, Norm married Lorraine Spier in 1946 in New York City. Firstborn, Caren, was followed by the birth of their son Andrew in 1953. During the early years of their marriage, Norm traveled to New England and resided in Upstate New York and Connecticut before moving to Port Washington in 1962. He worked for over 50 years in sales and food importing. Prior to owning his own business, Icelandic Waters, Inc., he represented products from Norway, Portugal, Israel and Iceland. He was an active member of Cancer Care.
Norm was always the center of attention, blurring the line between fact and fiction in most of his tales of life. He embellished the story lines with wonderful, weaving enhancements. Standing next to Norm meant having a good time, laughing and loving life. As he said recently, "I had a big mouth, but I meant well." Even as his body was failing, the joke was that he was good from the neck up." His eyesight was remarkable to the end, never needing glasses, his mind sharp and wit quick, able to finish off the crossword puzzles his family couldn't complete. And his hair. A full head in which gray intruded only in the last few years.
Norm is survived by his loving wife Lorraine; sister Dorothy Zelinsky; daughter Caren Shore; son-in-law Bernie Shore; son Andrew Salkin; daughter-in-law Barbara Salkin; and grandchildren, Sarah and Alex Salkin and Dara and Hailey.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407.