In Memorandum
Stretch Normandeau
June 29, 1922 - March 9, 2007
Stretch Normandeau

MONTPELIER ­ Conrad E. Normandeau passed away after prolonged congestive heart failure on March 9, 2007.

Born June 29, 1922, in New Richmond, Quebec, he moved to Montpelier at the age of three. He graduated from St. Michael's High School after giving the Sisters of Mercy a great challenge and playing a star role on their basketball team.

Humor and a huge smile played a major role in his successful 40-year career as a Prudential Insurance agent. His true love and avocation, however, was playing the drums. Stretch 'n' the Limits, his latest band, played extensively all over central Vermont. He played in many trios and quartets over 60 years. He put the swing in the Montpelier Senior Activity Center band, Swingin' Over Sixty. In a long retirement, he played weekly at local nursing homes. This volunteer band continues through his piano playing sister, Ronnie Fraser.

Two holes-in-one strokes at the Montpelier Country Club were the highlights of his second love, golf.

He served in France and Germany in the 100th Division and marched on foot from Marseille to Berlin. Upon his return he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Cheyene. They resided in Barre a short while and spent the rest of their lives on First Avenue in Montpelier.

After a long marriage, Barbara died in 2002. Two daughters, Linda of Montpelier and Jo Anne of Concord, N.H., carry on his name and spirit. His son-in-law, William Doelger, was a great source of kindness and comfort to him.

He is also survived by three sisters; Yvonne Lane; Rita McNulty; and Rollande Fraser. Four brothers and two sisters predeceased him.

There will be no funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Montpelier Senior Activity Center Scholarship Fund.