Norman Camille Ayotte

January 22, 1932 - August 15, 2011

Norman Camille Ayotte age 79 of Plano, Texas passed away August 15, 2011 in Plano. Norm was born January 22, 1932 in Massachusetts to Camille Joseph and Emelia (Casavant) Ayotte. Norm served in the United States Air Force for 26 years and achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. After serving in the Air Force, he was employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield from 1983-2007 as an Executive Director of Operations. Norm is survived by his daughter, Susan White Norman and husband Randy of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Emelia Norman and Alice White; sister, Loretta Dumont from Kennebunk, Maine; nieces Cheryl Vernick of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Aura Dumont of Brunswick, Maine; nephew, Commander Ray Dumont of Norfolk, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Michael Norman Ayotte. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 19, 2011, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas. Memorial donations may be made to the Blue Cross Blue Shield's Caring for Children Immunization Program, http://www.carevan.org/help.htm#donate or The Collin County Children's Advocacy Center, http://cacplano.org/. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry please visit www.tjmfuneral.com.

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What a great friend and neighbor. I will always remember Norm as a compassionate person that cared about BCBS, the people that worked there, family and his friends. We had a lot in common and had a lot of laughs together. He will be missed. Jim Pate, December 12, 2011 Norm was Norm. While that is a simple sentence, it conveys so much about what those that knew him appreciated about him. He cared deeply for all of us with both his words and actions. He made sure that everyone knew that it was a team effort when things went well, not just him. He would love to say "you guys make me look good". Norm moved seemlessly from one group of people to another and made each and every one feel as if he'd known them forever. What a special priveledge it's been knowing Norm and what he stood for and exemplified. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Russ Hudspeth, August 19, 2011 Norm was one of my favorite customers because he was fair and because he cared .....not only about his organization but about each of us who were key vendors for Blue Cross. He was also a voice of wisdom and calm when problems occurred. He was such a good judge of people that he knew who he could count on and who he couldn't and once he knew you were in the former category, he trusted you to do your job and didn't have to question you or 'look over your shoulder'. We will all miss Norm but we also are pleased to be able to celebrate a life well-lived!!! Don Don Pearce, August 19, 2011 I got to know Norm as my customer when I covered BC/BS as one of my accounts. All of the people I met there were professional, great to work with and genuinely cared about each other and their vendors. And then there was "Norm." Norm always had a clean desk and was on top of his job, composed and a leader by example. As we got to know each other, there are so many things I learned just by listening to him. He had so many experiences and could take the most complicated things and simplify them in minutes (thus is old adage, "KISS!"). During our team meetings each week, we were often treated to one of his stories about being tailed by a spy, or some other espionage story that entertained us all. In closing, Norm cared about the people under his leadership and the people he worked with and he was there for them. I loved our talks and to this day I have my memories of the things he taught me that I still use to this day. He will be missed by all that knew him and I considered him not only a customer, but a dear friend. Bruce Jennings, August 19, 2011 Norm was a true professional and a great friend. I will miss him and his sharpe humor. Norm was also a great patriot who served our country with honor. Crawford Guthrie, August 17, 2011 I dd not know Norm very well other then he was once my boss. I do know he worked very hard for Blue Cross Blue Shield and was passionate about his job. My prayers are with him and his family in this sorrowful time. Richard J Makos, August 17, 2011 Norm Ayotte is one of the few upstanding and fair men I have known. He was a man of his word and very respectful. He was straight forward and very concerned about his employees. Norm would smile and give you a hug whenever he saw you. He, also, loved to share jokes with you. Norm make a positive impact on my life and he will missed. Ella Dinkins, August 17, 2011 Being one of the fortunate people who had Norm as a customer, I knew Norm to be a man of his word. He was strongly convicted and fiercely principled, but soft and caring. As I search my mind in remembrance of a life well lived, I grieve a profound loss but also chuckle at some wonderful memories of this very special man. My sorrow is deep because I have lost a friend of many years. However, I rejoice that I was among the fortunate few who were allowed to feel the love of one who gave so freely to others. I laugh at the “issues” we once felt were so important. Now it all seems so inconsequential. God speed my friend, until we meet again. Dan Basso, August 17, 2011 What a gentleman. Worked with Norm for several years and cannot remember ever seeing him without a smile. He had a positive impact on all who knew him and will be missed greatly by his Blue Cross family. My sympathy goes to his family. Becky Taylor, August 17, 2011 Norm was truly an honorable man. I worked with Norm at Blue Cross Blue Shield for many years. You could always depend on him to exceed any and all commitments.He didn't seek the spotlight but instead went quietly about gettin the job done. He was truly a great asset to the company and to all that worked with him. Peace be with you Norm. Lelia Wright, August 16, 2011 What a great man! I worked with Norm many years at Blue Cross Blue Shield and benefited so much from our relationship. I left Blue Cross about 10 years ago and lost touch with Norm. It is sad that we do that. I know he cared very much for his family. He was one of the "good guys" and will be missed. Dan Jones, August 16, 2011