Passing of Club Member Norm Ports

By Don Fine

Recently PVFF lost another member of our club, Norman Lee Ports. Norm passed away from cancer on Saturday, October 3, at his home. Born on January 21, 1926, Norm was a proud veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, parishioner of Reisterstown United Methodist Church, member of the Reisterstown Lions Club, and the Reisterstown American Legion Post 116. Norm, along with his brother Charles (aka Charlie Ports), were already members of PVFF when Ruby and I joined in 1990. Needless to say, Norm has been a pillar in our club, generous with his time and through his attendance at club meetings, picnics, and at our annual banquet. Whenever he was in our presence, Norm displayed his affectionate smile, and the demeanor of a gentleman and proud American. But perhaps most club members got to know Norm via our banquet when he would invariably out bid all others in our silent auction, in order to win one of Ruby’s apple pies. But the rest of the story (as commentator Paul Harvey would say) is that Norm would take the pie home and share it with his family and friends. Truly an amazing man to emulate, he will be missed by all.