Norman E. Smith of Amagansett Drive in East Hampton was a caretaker at Cedar Lawn Cemetery for 25 years, and he was known to friends and clients as a skilled handyman. He died on April 8 of heart failure after being bedridden for some years. He was 79.
Mr. Smith enjoyed working with stained glass, often on windows and lights. He built model ships as a hobby.
Born to Louis Smith and Martha Washington in Stonington, Conn., on Feb. 11, 1932, Mr. Smith served in the Navy during the Korean War. He met Leona F. King in 1969, and after a long friendship they married in 1980. After living for some time in Connecticut, the couple moved to the South Fork for good. The marriage produced three children, Joyce Coleman, Sharon King, and Maureen Smith, all of whom remain East Hampton residents.
He is also survived by his wife, a sister, Marion Bzibze of Warwick, R.I., 10 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Donations have been suggested to the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937.