Norman Arthur Cousins ("Norm" or "Nub" and on occasion, "Stormin' Norman") passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family at the age of 94. As he was a life-long resident of Concord, he was rich in experiences and could share many stories that recalled "life as it was" over the changing years of Concord's history.
Born in Concord on November 25, 1926, Norman was the son of the late Robert Edmund and Ola Ethel (Kyes) Cousins. He is survived by those who carry on his spirit including his brother Robert Cousins, and Norman's four children: Richard Cousins, Cynthia Cousins-Martell, Carol Knox, Jonathan Cousins and his wife Christin. He was the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren: Bryan and Jocelyn "Nina" Cousins, Elizabeth and Abigail Martell, Amie Jenson and Christopher Knox and Brianna and Luke Cousins. He leaves two great grandchildren, Sydney and Taylor Jenson.
Growing up and as a young adult, Norman worked in the Cousins family-owned greenhouse business where they grew and sold carnations and lilies; a business that prospered over two generations. This land is now West Concord's Cousins Park and Cousins Community Gardens.
As a young man, Norman proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He found the love of his life, Marilyn Melvin ("Mel") and they were married January 19, 1952. They raised four children who now live in MA, MD and Florida. Norman was devoted to his family and his wife Marilyn. Norman often lovingly referred to her as his "treasure". Their unconditional love remained constant throughout their 60 years of marriage.
Over his lifetime, Norman worked for many years as a respected heavy-duty equipment machine operator. He and his family were long-standing members of the West Concord Union Church. He was fondly remembered for his dedicated maintenance of the property, especially keeping the old boiler running to ensure a warm service.
Norman's interests included an extensive collection of watch fobs related to the trucking industry, railroads and even Concord Junction. He took pride in maintaining his home, yard and car, loved all animals, and always enjoyed a home-cooked meal. It was not uncommon for him to be seen chatting with neighbors that passed while he worked in his yard or when he was out riding his bike. He also dearly loved his ocean-side beachfront property on Cape Cod where he spent nearly 70 summers.
Norman and his wife Marilyn enjoyed life-long friendships. Many friends have shared stories of fun, laughter, and love, recalling friendships that grew during Marriage Encounter gatherings, cook-outs, pot- luck events, holiday celebrations, Pinochle games, Trivial Pursuit, and visits to the cottage.
Wherever a Beautiful Soul Has Been There is a Trail of Beautiful Memories.
Message from the family --
Being mindful to keep everyone healthy and safe, the family held a private remembrance service to honor Norman on January 5, 2021 at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. For those who would like to view this service or share their thoughts with the family, we invite you to access the webcast link provided below.
Donations in Norman's memory may be made to the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main St., Concord, MA 01742 www.westconcordunionchurch.org or a charity of your choice.
We are grateful for the support of family, friends, and caregivers. Your prayers, encouragement, stories of remembrance, and the emotional support given now and through the past years has been a gift. We would like to express a special thank you to Celeste Lopes, who has been dad's caregiver and friend for many years. Your unselfish love and hard-working determination helped us through challenging and rewarding times. Kindness and love are truly immeasurable qualities we know our Dad valued and a blessing given to us that our family will always remember fondly.
For those who wish to view Norm's graveside service please activate the link below: