William Elmer Norfolk
William Elmer Norfolk
  • May 24, 1941 - August 18, 2017
  • Crownsville, Maryland

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On August 18, 2017 Bill Norfolk, 76, of Annapolis Maryland, passed away quietly at home surrounded by his loving family. Bill is survived by his wife Patsy, daughters Allison (Beau) Laskey and Stacy (Shaun) Francis, stepdaughter Hilary (Jason) Von Rohr, brother Oliver (Shirley) Norfolk, 6 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. At the age of 19 Bill began a 40 year career at the US Census Bureau where he played a significant part in the digitization of the census. During his career, Bill worked on the 1960, 1970, 1990 and 2000 Decennial Censuses as well as the 1977, 1982 and 1987 Economic Censuses. His final position was Chief of the Processing Systems Branch in Decennial Management Division before he retired in 2000. Bill was an avid golfer and tennis player and played regularly with his dear friends who provided wonderful moments for him that he treasured enormously. He also enjoyed cooking, wine and reading. He was very well read and could have in-depth discussions on politics and all current events, not to mention he was a lethal competitor in Trivial Pursuit. One of his favorite past times was crossword puzzles (the NYTs in particular) which he could complete in record time priding himself on working in a clockwise fashion, considering anything else “cheating”. He was a devoted and supportive father who played an active role in his daughters’ sports and academic careers. One of his proudest memories was as coach for his daughter’s softball team. His philosophy was to play everyone at each game which earned him many adoring players not to mention multiple championships. His final years were spent with his devoted wife Patsy and spending time with his daughters, stepdaughter and grandchildren, golfing, traveling, and enjoying his lovely backyard with many different species of birds and much to his dismay, the “bird seed eating” squirrels. Our marathon long conversations about “nothing and everything” and his clever sense of humor will be sorely missed. But his many wise perspectives on life are indelibly imprinted on our psyche and his spirit will long live on in the shared values that he imbued in us. A private memorial will be held in October celebrating Bill’s life and sharing the many memories we have of him.