Dad absolutely loved the Club and the people who were passionate about trains like he was.
-Ray’s daughter Pat
Ray was a fixture at the museum almost from the beginning and for some time has been the goodwill ambassador for the museum.
Norton, Raymond L., “Ray,” age 93, of Northeast Minneapolis, peacefully passed into eternal life on the 27th of February. Preceded in death by parents George and Maud Norton, and brother Herbert Norton.
Ray will be missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Ileen; son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Madonna Norton; daughter and son-in-law Patricia Norton and H. Curtis Pratt; grandchildren Robert Norton and Laura Pratt; great-grandchildren Desuma and Eiowynn Norton; sister-in-law Inez Clark; many dear friends.
Ray was an expert in all aspects of railroads, having a passion for transportation of all kinds. He was a member of the Twin Cities Model Railroad Club since the 1930s, continuing as an enthusiastic tour guide to the end, and was a charter member and motorman of the Minnesota Transportation Museum.
Ray played the trombone and baritone and sang bass in church and performed with the Engineers Band and the Honeywell Band as well as with the bands on his army posts during WWII. He loved to travel, piling his family into the station wagon every summer to see much of the United States and Canada, and visiting the British Isles.
He loved animals, especially his dogs and grand-dogs. Ray owned and operated Ray’s Train Shop in downtown Minneapolis in the 1950s and worked for Honeywell for more than 20 years.
A service celebrating Ray’s life will be held Thursday, March 1, 11:00 a.m. at Northeast United Methodist Church, Lowry Ave at Cleveland Street NE, Minneapolis. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. A lunch will be served immediately after the service, followed by graveside military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Washburn McReavey……
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Remembering Ray Norton
An Extended Night Trains Season Special Event: “A Night Trains Reprise – Remembering Raymond L. Norton”
A special fund-raiser benefit for the family of Ray Norton will be held Saturday March 3rd, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Bandana Square Location Only (The Toy Train Division at the Chimneys Building will not be open for the evening). In addition to regular night trains admission, your tax deductible gift in Memory of Ray will be welcomed.
Looking ahead, we plan to make National Train Day, May 12, 2012 another tribute to this special friend of the Museum!