Norman Wheeler, 87, formerly of Meriden and Clinton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He was the husband of the late Shirley (Harrison) Wheeler, his first wife and mother of his children, and the late Alice (Beauchamp) Wheeler. Born May 5, 1918 in Meriden, he was the son of the late Edward and Evangeline (Pomeroy) Wheeler. He taught Tool & Die at Wilcox Technical School in Meriden until his retirement. After retiring he still kept very busy, he collected environmental samples for the government and became a lobsterman. He loved nature and gardening. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Mr. Wheeler was a 28 year member of the Westbrook Elks Lodge #1784, a member of the Meriden Grange for over 50 Years, the Masonic-Center Lodge #98, A.F. & A.M., and a member of the Meriden Rod & Gun Club. He is survived by three children and their spouses, Nancy and James Finnance of Granby, CT, Bruce and Anna Wheeler of Concord, MA and Randy and Tameria Wheeler of Alamo, CA and seven grandchildren; Chris and Mike Finnance, Jennifer, Brian and Ashley Wheeler, and Harrison and Erika Wheeler. He was predeceased by a brother Gordon Wheeler. A celebration to Mr. Wheeler, who had a full life will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 with a funeral service at 10:30 AM at Center Congregational Church, 474 Broad St., Meriden. Relatives and friends may call at the BEECHER & BENNETT- FLATOW Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6-8 PM. To send a condolence please see obituaries at: www.beecherandbennett.com.

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  1. Bruce, Nancy & Randy (Peanuts as my dad always called you), Your parents were wonderful people and will be remembered fondly by our family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and them now.

  2. Dear Randy, Tammy, Bruce, Anna, Nancy & Jimmy, It was so sad today, to receive the news of Norm’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember the celebrated day when Randy & Tammy became husband and wife. The day Norm and family became a part of our family. It has been a gift to have known him. My love and prayers are with you. God’s Speed! Love, Debbie Clark

  3. Dearest Nancy and Jim; I am so sorry to hear of your loss. This evening, I received a call from my best friend since 5th grade, who currently lives in Florida. He told me he is on his way to CT to attend the funeral of his brother in law. Bobby died Tuesday at age 58. He lived down the street from me when I was growing up in White Plains, NY. His wake is also Thursday with the funeral on friday. I hope that I can be in two places at once, but if I can not, please rest assured that I am with you and Jim in spirit. God Bless us all. Pete Rocco

  4. I wish to express my condolences to Bruce, Nancy and Randy on the loss of their father. My husband, Donald Fritz, (now deceased) was a lifelong friend of Norm and his brother, Gordon. They were fishing buddies in their ‘teens and Don and .Gordy. graduated from high school together. The friendship between Don and Norm continued into their retirement years and we enjoyed many visits with them at our home and theirs, in Meriden and Clinton. As a matter of fact, our son, Donn, and our daughter, Margaret, attended Wilcox Technical School and remember Norm as .a really nice guy.. He will be missed by many and I only hope there are some .projects. for Norm and Don to take care of in Heaven – that will please them both.

  5. It is a fortunate man who has three children, seven grandchildren and can have .lobsterman. listed amongst his passions and pursuits. To have also taught countless students and lived with dignity is at least as great. I have the privilege of knowing very well Norman’s son Randy and his family. From my view, Norman Wheeler’s legacy is golden.

  6. Norm, We always loved having you share in our family times. The girls in California will miss you, you were a true ladies man. Rest in Peace. Love, Marilyn

  7. Our deepest sympathy is with all of you today. Norm was a wonderful friend and neighbor, he will be greatly missed. With Sincere Sympathy, Marie and Joe Levasseur

  8. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of Norm’s family and friends as you remember him today. Love Bonnie,Scott & Sean Wheeler Vaughan

  9. Randy & Tammy and Family: My heart and prayers are with you while you say your final good-byes to Norm. He was so much fun and I loved shaking my booty with him on the dance floor at Marilyn’s wedding. He had a wonderful, long life and a wonderful family. May he rest in peace now with Shirley. Love, Phyllis

  10. Sorry about the passing of your Dad. I was out of town and missed the service at Center Church. Very sorry. Bud

  11. To the Wheeler Family, Please accept my sincerest condolences at this most difficult time. Mr. Wheeler was the most patient instructor and the one of the best teachers at Wilcox Tech. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these trying times. God Bless you all.

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