Norma E. Hardy
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Rockport - Norma E. Hardy, 71, of Rockport, MA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 with her family at her side following a long illness.
Norma was a life-long resident of Rockport and a graduate of Hamilton Wenham High School-Class of 1965. As part of her lifelong quest for learning, she attended North Adams State College and North Shore Community College as well as constantly pursuing her love of the arts and music. In addition, she loved to travel and spend time with family and friends.
She retired from NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service in 2015 after 32 years of service. Norma began her career in 1984 as an Administrative Assistant. Through the years, Norma became the Face of NOAA in Gloucester. Friendly, cheerful, capable and dependable, Norma was the "lady at the front desk” who enthusiastically helped thousands of fishermen, fish dealers, academia, the public and the press navigate through the paperwork and regulations, which at times could dwarf the challenges of the rugged North Atlantic. She broke the mold with her altruistic personality; never too busy to help fishermen with a logbook or fish dealers with their permit. She was known to hundreds along the eastern seaboard on a first-name basis and was a proud government employee. She was the grease that kept things moving and the glue that kept things together.
Norma was also the "go to" person for many NOAA employees seeking professional and personal advice. A sage in her own right, Norma always seemed to have the right answer or advice for those in need. She had an open ear, an open mind and a warm and gentle smile. She loved, and was loved in return by many. She very much enjoyed and embraced the holidays and was responsible for spreading holiday cheer to everyone around her as well as setting up the annual Mitten Tree at the office to help those in need.
Her love for her family and friends was evident in everything she did and they were no doubt the center of her universe and reason for being. She loved celebrations and would always contribute as much as possible to raise them to the next level. The holidays were a favorite but birthdays, graduations, and sporting events were always an excuse to get together and celebrate. If anyone around her, either family or friend, was working towards an accomplishment, she was the first person to offer a helping hand or emotional support. She was the person who would lift you up and make you feel that you could accomplish anything. She was proud of her family. Her sparkle and energy and free spirit will definitely live on in the hearts of everyone she touched.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Christopher Gelinas of Canterbury, NH and their children, Kyle and Ryan who adored their grandmother’s zest for life and enduring energy. She is also survived by her son, Scott Foley and his family of Weare, NH.
She was predeceased by her brother David Hardy of Port Coquitlam, CN and her parents Carolyn and Roger Hardy of Rockport, MA.

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Norma at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 4 Cleaves Street, Rockport, MA on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 am. Even as her health declined and as she began to plan her final journey, she was adamant that there would be a Celebration of Life after her service and that it would absolutely be a positive and cheerful gathering of her close friends and family. This will take place at the Gloucester House at 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com. The Pike-Newhall Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.
Published on January 22, 2019

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