Norman 'Norm' F. Secker

Obituary for 4/18/13 edition of the Sierra Star

April 17, 2013 

Norman "Norm" F. Secker died March 2, 2013, at the age of 85.

Mr. Secker was a resident of Coarsegold for 12 years, formerly a resident of Southern California for more than 30 years.

He was born April 21, 1927 in Salford, England to James and Edith Secker.

Mr. Secker enjoyed music and singing, living in the mountains and spending time outdoors, supporting the community, soccer, long-distance cycling, and woodworking.

He first worked as an apprentice machine-fitter and toolmaker for Charles Hill & Sons in Bristol, England from 1942 to 1949.

In the Mountain Area, he sang in and narrated various community arts performances, and was a founding member of the Morning Glory adult choir at New Community United Methodist Church in Oakhurst. He was also active in musical groups in the U.K. and Southern California, singing with the Bristol Operatic Society in England, the San Fernando Valley Male Chorus and the San Fernando Valley Chorale.

Mr. Secker volunteered as a teacher for Mountain Area Literacy Council and did community outreach for New Community United Methodist Church, and was also a member of Toastmasters and Central Sierra Woodcarvers.

He was preceded in death by daughter Jane.

Mr. Secker is survived by wife of more than 30 years, Judy of Coarsegold; granddaughter Jillian; grandson Nikoles of Castaic; stepsons Roy Kemp and wife Alla of Burbank, and Jim Kemp and wife KC of Santa Barbara; step-grandchildren Matthew, Christopher, Brittany, Erin, and Alex and wife Danie; and step-niece Tina Richter of Fresno.

A celebration of life service was held April 13 at New Community United Methodist Church in Oakhurst.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Community Music Ministry or the Backpack Ministry.