Former Cooper Landing resident Greg Bernard Norris died Sept. 30, 2001, in Gardenerville, Nev. He was 23. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at the Cooper Landing Community Center. His ashes will be buried in the Cooper Landing Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Norris was born Oct. 31, 1977, in Seward. He lived in Cooper Landing for 21 years until he moved to Orcas Island, Wash., and then to South Lake, Nev.
He attended elementary school in Cooper Landing and Soldotna, and graduated from Skyview High School. In Cooper Landing, he worked as a carpenter and fishing guide. In Nevada, he worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker.
Mr. Norris received the American Legion award from the Cooper Landing Elementary School. He loved the wilderness and especially enjoyed fly fishing, as well as kayaking, snowboarding, cooking and baking.
"Greg will be greatly missed by all his family, many friends and the community of Cooper Landing. He had a warm and sensitive smile, as well as an ability to communicate with both young and old. He was wise and compassionate, lived his life without pretense and expected the world to be right and just," his family said.
He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Theresa Norris; siblings Jenny, Mark, Joel, Sarah and Sean; niece Hannah; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Greg Norris Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 664, Cooper Landing, AK 99572.
Local arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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