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Obituary: William 'Bill' James Norman IV

Longtime Los Gatos resident remembered for his ownership of Cornucopia Fruit Stand on Capri Drive.

  • Deceased's name: William (Bill) James Norman IV
  • Age: 66
  • Date: Dec. 1, 2012

William (Bill) James Norman IV, 66, was born in San Francisco and was a longtime resident of Los Gatos. Bill passed away unexpectedly at his home on Dec. 1. 

Bill and his lovely wife, Connie Norman, own and operate Cornucopia Fruit Stand. For more than 35 years, Bill enjoyed serving his long-term customers and meeting new people who instantly became friends. 

His easy going way and his constant smile meant that first-time customers became customers for life. 

A visit to Cornucopia for a Halloween pumpkin or a Christmas tree became a family tradition for his customers, their children and grandchildren. 

Bill was dedicated to keeping alive the rich agricultural history of the valley honoring a kinder, gentler time when you could expect the best from a shop owner dedicated to providing wonderful products and a genuine heartfelt experience.

Bill’s greatest pleasures were spending time with family and friends, playing golf and his Island time.

In addition to his adoring wife of 35 years, Connie, Bill is survived by his loving children and treasured grandchildren: son William (Bill) Norman V and his wife DeAnna, their children Billy and Mateo Norman. Bill’s daughter, Heather Norman Pastorini and her husband Todd, their children Hayden and Shelby Pastorini. 

He is also survived by his two sisters and four brothers and their spouses, Tina and Ken Rulo, Mike and Marisin Norman, Paul and Anna Norman, Larry Norman, Tony and Anita Norman and Gina Hughes. Bill was also loved and is remembered by his many nieces and nephews. 

Services to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Lucy Catholic Church in Campbell.

Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 05, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Wow, very young! My Condolences to Family & Friends!
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. December 05, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Sorry to see you go, what a nice guy!
Esmée St James December 05, 2012 at 08:27 AM
I'm sorry I never got to meet Bill, my condolences to his family and friends.
Bobbina Dolen December 06, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Connie my condolences to you and your family. Bill was such a wonderful, sweet and kind man. He will be missed!!! My love, strength and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. Bo Dolen
Ray Nugent December 09, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Bill was one of the good guys of Silicon Valley. He was a business man with a strong sense of doing right by his customers and he was a steward of local agriculture. He helped folks when they were down and lived his life by a farm community philosophy of taking care of one another. The Cornucopia fruit stand he and Connie operate is a treasure of Silicon Valley. He will be sorely missed here in Campbell and Los Gatos but the fruit in heaven just got a whole lot better.
Kathy Forte December 10, 2012 at 06:33 AM
My sympathy to Connie and her family. Since my son was a small child (he is now in college) we would stop by to pick our Chirstmas tree. Bill would laugh as my young son would run through the forrest. He was so welcoming to all customers with his generosity and service. Please note that he made a difference in our family traditions

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