Norman Douglas Ford Sr. affectionately known to many as Daddy, Pop, Papa, Grand Father and Mu was born February 26, 1936 in Barnwell South Carolina to the Late Robert Ford and the Late Florence GillisFord .Norman was the third of five siblings. He was preceded in death by his two brothers James and Thomas Ford, one sister Lillian Whaley. On February 25, 2019 Norman was called home from labor to reward.
Norman attended P.S. 14 Elementary School, he then moved on and attended The Manual Trading Boarding School in Bordentown, New Jersey, he Later attended and graduated from Lincoln High school in Jersey City ,New Jersey. He also attended Rutgers University in Both Newark and New Brunswick New Jersey. Norman later joined the U.S.Army.
Norman was employed in his earlier years as a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service. He later began his career as a insurance adjuster. In the later years Norman was the Owner/Proprietor of the Ford Agency LLC, in Orange, New Jersey where he worked as a tax preparer and a insurance agent until his health prevented him in his final days. Norman enjoyed and took pride in his work.
Norman was a active member at the Calvary CME Church in Jersey City, New Jersey where he held many different positions. Norman was very proud to be a part of the bricklaying of the foundation of the church. Norman served on the Trustee Board and enjoyed singing in the A.P. Porter Chorus and the Son’s of Calvary Choir. In 2017 Norman was crowned as "King of Mammoth Tea"and proudly served one year representing The A.P. Porter Chorus.
Norman enjoyed spending time with his family, he loved cooking and Grilling for his loved ones, he especially loved to share his famous “Barbeque Sauce”. Norman also in his earlier years enjoyed traveling different places to watch his son Norman Jr. play different sports especially football. He especially loved to share his special quote with his daughter Pam " That's what Daddies do" to make her smile. Norman enjoyed giving advice and sharing any information that could help anyone. He truly had a heart of gold. To know Norman was to love him.
Norman leaves to cherish his loving memory his children, Pamela Ford, Norman D. Ford Jr., Lizzette, Thressa ,Gerald J.R., Lamar, Warren, Charles and Richard. His grandchildren: Jacqueline ,Damali ,Brandon Hunter , Jeremy Dior and Lohgan Ford ,Keith Tisdale, Shamika and Shanelle Mintz, and Trent Paul,two great grand children ;Caiden and A'lahni, One Daughter in law;T.J. Ford. His loving sister: Vivian Grant, His Loving and Devoted Companion: Etta Chandler, and a host of other grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Norman was preceded in death by his daughter Jacqueline D.Ford.