Published in The Morning Journal on Apr. 17, 2014)
Norman "Smokey" Stover
AMHERST – Norman "Smokey" Stover, 67 years of age, and a
resident of Amherst, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at New
Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain following a brief illness.
He was born September 25, 1946 in Washington, D.C. Norman
was raised in Washington D.C., graduating from St. Anthony's High
School (1964). He had made his home in Amherst since 1972.
Norman started his career with the Amherst Police Department and
continued serving with the Vermilion Police Department for thirty years. He also served with
the Amherst Fire Department, retiring after thirty years as the Assistant Chief. He also enjoyed
working in sales. Norman will be remembered for his quick whit, charm and his desire to help
others, as well as being an avid Washington Redskins fan.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of forty-six years Janet Stover (nee:
Franklin); his son and his wife Michael and Audrey Stover of Lorain; his daughter and her
husband Pamela and Tim Gates of Amherst; grandchildren Taylor Stover, Madelyne and Wyatt
Gates and his sister Jacqueline Teel of Winter Park, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his father Percy H. Stover in 1984.
Friends may call Friday, April 18, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at
7:00 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst.
The Rev. Fr. Michael Denk, Associate pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church will officiate.
Additional information and online register book are available at