Andrew M. Norkin, son of the late Paul and Florence Norkin, brother of the late Peter Norkin, all of Connecticut, was born in 1963 and resided for the last 22 years in Denmark, Maine.
He is survived by his lovely caring wife, Joy; his wonderful children, and his dear sister, Mary Kate. More than anything in his life is how much he enjoyed his family.
Coming home to see his wife and children: Irina, Jonah, Noelle, and dear stepdaughters Mae and Sophia meant the most to him. Enjoying the outdoors with his family at the ocean, on mountain trails, paddling the ponds and rivers, and attending their sporting events, was all awesome. The smell of the ice at Ham Arena was one of his treasured memories with his youngest children.
A graduate of Wethersfield High School he attended Saint Bonaventure University, and Clarkson University before earning a degree at Central Connecticut State University. His years playing hockey at Wethersfield High and Saint Bonaventure U. were pure happiness.
Andrew had a passion for the outdoors and after college, he volunteered for the National Parks Service in Katmai National Park Alaska. While in Alaska, he learned the mushing life. Wonderful friends taught him trapping, hunting and so much more. Andrew took a job with the U.S. Forest Service in the Chugach National Forest.
In the lower 48, Andrew joined the Appalachian Mountain Club as the Director of the Trails where he’s been with them for the past 21+ years. He’s always enjoyed working for the AMC. It was a gift to work alongside such passionate people.
There will be a graveside burial in Denmark Maine in spring 2021.
I always enjoyed seeing Andrew on a project or meeting him at Pinkham. Quiet and thoughtful, with a great sense of humor especially when things were not going as we hoped. A great leader, teacher and friend. We will miss you on the trails and your support.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with Joy and his children.
From Mike Zlogar