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Robert Norman Alday

Robert Norman Alday

May 5, 1915 - July 3, 2017     Age: 102

Robert Norman Alday passed away peacefully on Monday July 3, 2017 in Fernandina Beach, Florida, after 102 years of life. Born on May 5, 1915 in Burnt Mill Creek, Florida, to James Calhoun Alday and Wortley Dare Holland Alday, he was the 7th of the families 8 children.

Raised in Gainesville, Florida, Norman later attended Central Florida Business School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry in 1942, landing on the beaches of Normandy on June 8th, 1944. He was captured weeks later in central France and survived the remainder of the war as a prisoner in Poland. He ascended to the rank of Major before his retirement.  On December 29, 1948, Norman married Martha Barrett Williams in Elkins, WV. They were a devoted couple and happily married for 64 years.

In 1954 Norman relocated his family to Fernandina Beach where he joined Container Corporation of America. He retired from Container Corporation as General Manager. He was a very devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach where he faithfully served as a Deacon, Elder and member of the finance and planning committees.  For many years Norman served on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Bank of West Virginia and the local Elks Club, in his adopted home of Elkins. Growing up in Gainesville Norman was a lifelong fan and supporter of his Florida Gators, and was a member of the Gator Boosters for over 65 years. While his health allowed, he never missed a Gator football home game! In his life, he found pleasure on the water, boating and fishing, on the golf course with friends and family, and in the garden tending his beautiful vegetables and citrus trees.

“Norm”, “Dad”, “Poppa”, “Granddaddy”, was greatly loved and admired by his 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, who respected his dignity, strength of character, humility and discipline. He dearly loved his wife and family and is survived by Phil Holland Alday (Cathy), Valdosta, Ga. Judith Barrett Hardwick (Jim), Jacksonville, Florida. Elizabeth Dare Bartelt (Ted), Raleigh, North Carolina. Grandchildren: Dr. Holland (Dr. Angela), Robert Norman, II (Rachel), Truitt, John (Ashley) Alday. Barrett (Judson Oswald), James Osburn, Parker Hardwick, and Elizabeth Dare Bartelt. 7 Great Grandchildren: Martha Barrett, James Barrett, Judson Wynn, Robert Norman, III, Malcolm, Annabel and Catherine. Norman was predeceased by his wife Martha Barrett Alday in 2012.

A service of interment will take place at Maplewood Cemetery in Elkins WV on July 14, 2017 at 12:30pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday July 31, 2017 at 11:00am, First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach.  Dr. Wain Westberry of First Presbyterian Church, Dr. M. McCoy Gibbs of Leesburg, Florida, Norman’s brother-in-law, and his nephew Rev. Robert Gibbs of Tallahassee, Florida will officiate the service.

In lieu flowers, donations may be made to The Alday Cottage – First Presbyterian Church, 9 N 6th Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034, Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, 450 Randolph Avenue, Elkins, West Virginia 26241, or donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Memory of Robert Norman Alday.







6 Condolences

  • Charles Harwood Ray Posted July 3, 2017 1:30 pm

    A long life with a journey few men ever knew. Judy Ray and Charlie express are deepest sympothys to the Alday Family

  • Charles Harwood Ray Posted July 3, 2017 1:33 pm

    Family and fellow Vetran

  • Dee Chaplin Posted July 4, 2017 8:58 am

    Phil, Judi and Beth, we send our love to you and the family. Your dad was so thoughtful and I always loved our chats when he would visit the office. What a life to celebrate! Dee & Davis

  • Gail Galphin Cook Posted July 5, 2017 11:33 am

    Judy, Phil and Beth I was so sorry to hear about your dad. I have so many special memories of time at your house with both of your parents. Both of your parents were patient and kind with us, but your dad was totally invaded by teen-age females and he graciously let us come. I called my parents in NC to let them know and they wanted me to send you their condolences.

  • Susan Markiw, PT Posted July 6, 2017 10:57 am

    To his family- although I only had the pleasure of meeting Mr.and Mrs. Alday through their rehabilitation sessions, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mr. Alday’s stories of his love for your mother and family, his faith in God, and his love of the community. He was a very special man and he will always be one of my favorite patients I cared for during my career. May sweet memories sustain you during periods of sorrow.

  • Fred Adams Posted July 12, 2017 8:58 am

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I remember your father being a good influence around us and other young men growing up. Best wishes to you and your family at this time.

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