Norman D. Irving



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Irondequoit: Suddenly on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, peacefully in his sleep. Predeceased by his parents, Harold & Dorothy Irving. Survived by his brother, William(Carol)Irving; several nieces and nephews; his beloved partner, Marie Tortarella; step-children, Michael(Courtney), Mark(Catie Giambrone), Angela(Scott Dublin); his adopitive parents, Arnold & Erina Gerardi; his faithful companion, Peanut. Norm was a graduate of Gates-Chili High School and studied trumpet performance at the Eastman School of Music. He was an accomplished musician and performed with several local bands from the time he was 13 years old, including ‘JUST US’ in the 1970’s. Norm was a local business entrepreneur and was committed to developing and enhancing the Charlotte community. During his life, he owned several bars and restaurants in the area including the Turning Point Lounge, Doc’s and the Latta Grill He will be sadly missed by many lifelong friends in the community. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and loyalty to all who knew him. Friends may call at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Rd, Saturday 10:00-11:00 followed by his Funeral Service in the funeral home chapel at 11:00AM. Interment at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make contributions to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 in his memory.


  1. Gap & Janet Mangione on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    ~~~~~~~~ Janet and I are shocked to hear of Norm’s passing. He was always smiling and fun to be with. I remember sitting in and playing together at his Latta Grill sessions. How very sad that he’s gone. We will certainly miss him. Gap & Janet Mangione (Rochester, NY) ~~~~~~~~

  2. Bonnie Kinney on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Norm- How sad we were to learn of your passing. You were a friend for a lot of years, and our best man when we were married. Many people called you ‘friend’, and you will be deeply missed by all. Paul and Bonnie

  3. Christy on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Norm, I am so sorry I did not get to talk to you when you tried on monday to reach me reguarding my fathers passing…I am shocked that you too are gone and that you and dad are even at the same funeral home how strange..I will miss you..we had quite a few laughs while I worked for you at Docs…dad even cooked for you there…I guess maybe the too of you can start a resteraunt up in heaven….mom said when you were younger you were the one all the girls wanted…she also said you were one of the best at selling realistate…I feel somehow we will meet again hold the doors to heaven open for all of us who cared for you…until we meet again know you are missed by and loved by many…Christy

  4. Donna Tenney on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Norm: We go back a few years, my family and I will miss you. We have our memories and pictures from our funny moments, like the day you shaved off your beard. I will always appreciate your help & advice especially with selling High St. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love always, Donna & Roger

  5. Jane Stets on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dearest Marie, I am so sad about your beloved, Norm. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet him that day at the airport when your brother arrived. His wonderful personality and loving ways were so much fun to see and hear. He is someone I will remember always. You and your family are in my heart and prayers today and always. God truly picked the best this time. Love, Jane Stets

  6. Joseph Battaglia on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I didn’t know Norm very well but I met him when my girlfriend was looking for a place to live and we were looking at one of his apartments. What I got out of Norm was a genuine people person who was easy going and down to earth. Norm will be missed and may God bless him and his family

  7. Ruth Hogan on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I first met Norm oh so many years ago, when we were in the Youth Fellowship group of Bethany Presbyterian Church. I attended Greece Olympia, and Norm went to Charlotte. I couldn’t help but love him…his smile, his warm and caring personality and his charm at such a young age! I was fortunate to meet up with him a few years ago at GYC during our annual Hospice Regatta. It was wonderful to catch up with a friend from my teen years. Norm and Marie were gracious and invited several Hospice volunteers to view the Regatta from out on the lake, in his beautiful boat. My memories of Norm bring me smiles and I am so fortunate to have called him my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Marie.

  8. Larry Embling on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    It was with sadness I heard of Norm’s passing and just wanted to first correct the obituary by saying that he graduated from Charlotte High School in 1964. I have been away from the Charlotte community for years, but remember it and Norm with great memories of times spent at Charlotte dances on friday nights, trips to Abbot’s Custard, the beach, O’lauglin’s, Cinelli’s and many other landmarks. We had some great times and it sounds like Norm continued to play a very important part in maintaining and contributing to the uniqueness of the Lakeside landmarks the helped make Charlotte a great place to live and grow. He will be missed I am sure.

  9. Paul Kuchman on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Marie, as you know, Norm will be greatly missed here at George & Bob’s. I personally will miss all the great conversations we had in the office and sharing a candy bar or crackers that neither one of us should have had. He was the type of friend that everyone wishes they had. He would do just about anything he could to help someone. He never even had a chance to enjoy the Mustang this year. Norm’s presence will always be felt here. Take care and may God bless you and your family. Paul

  10. Sandy Smith on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Marie, I am so sorry. Norm was a very special person. Geoff and I will be sending in a contribution to Lollipop Farm. Although we won’t be with you on Saturday, we will be praying for comfort for you and his family and friends as you celebrate his life and grieve. Take care. love, Sandy

  11. Joanne Pierce Zirilli on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your brother.

  12. Doug Bailey on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  13. DON MULLIGER on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am


  14. lucille rabideau on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    norm charlotte will not be the same without you i will remember all the fun and kidding around we had you will always be very special to me i will keep you close to my heart you taught me to be wise thank you for that i will miss you love lucille.

  15. Charyll Monk on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Norm Irving was a great friend of the Greece radio station–90.1 WGMC–the station that plays the jazz. In the 90’s, I worked behind-the-scenes at WGMC as development manager and at some point met Norm. He offered to host a holiday party for the station at his place–Doc’s Latta Grill. Norm was very generous and put out a great spread of food for station staff, volunteers, and guests. For several years the station party was held at Doc’s and there was always a good turn out. Every year we would invite a different local jazz group to play at our party and, of course, invite Norm to sit in and play his trumpet. Over the years, many of the great jazz musicians have passed on. I like to think that Norm Irving is in heaven playing his trumpet with many of them.

  16. Don & Mary Vail on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Norm was a good friend of many people including muscians as we were. our sympathy to the family and may he rest in peace God Bless

  17. Lorie Goff on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Norm will be sadly missed! He was a wonderful, kind friend. The world has lost a good man.

  18. Bev on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Norm(a), Who am I going to spend hours on the phone with now. Who am I going to call for advice. Who will call ‘just because’. I am waiting for you to visit me and tell me everything is better now. I will miss you my dear friend ‘Norma’. You had such a kind, huge heart and it just couldn’t give anymore and needed to rest. So glad I got to see you one last time. It made it easier to accept. Thank you for that. I know you had a hand in it. I know you are in a better place, but it isn’t going to be the same without you here. I will miss you so much. You were one in a million and then some. Sleep in peace gentle Norm. God has gained a truly remarkable angel. Love ya, Bev and Tom

  19. Bob & Julie Blakley on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Norm, Thanks for your smile, you’ll be in our thoughts. When we have a nice day on the water, we’ll think of you. When we get together Up the River, we’ll think of you. Thanks for all the good things you did to make this a better place for all of us. Bob and Julie

  20. scott spencer on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Norm: I am deeply saddened on your passing. i will always remember you for giving me my first job in the restaraunt business at your place when it was Doc’s and then The Latta Grille. You gave me a whole bunch of new friends who have lasted thru the years. Thurdays nights were the best when the bands would play and what talent there was. you always ended the night with your favorite tune ‘ Preacher ‘ and now you are with THE preacher. I will miss you my friend but i take comfort in knowing you are happy and no more problems with that big heart of yours. God Bless 🙂

  21. Tom Shay on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Norm: Needless to say we were shocked to see you name listed in the obits. You no doubt have left your positive imprint in the community and for that we thank you. See you again, friend, just have a table set. Thanks for your contributions to the neighborhood.

  22. Laurie and Tom on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear about Norm. Met him

  23. Patricia Craig Slagle on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Sorry to hear about your brother> I saw the notice in this mornings paper. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Patti Craig Slagle

  24. Thomas Newton and Annette Gruber on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We both were very lucky to meet Norm. The first time at Doc’s drinking out of a urinal. From there we met our good friends Pat and Barb and enjoyed numerous Christmas’s and evenings at Doc’s listenening to jazz. Norm we love you and always will, you were the heart of Charlotte and you will always remain in our heart. We will miss you tremendously.

  25. Mike & Peg Paradise on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We were saddened to hear of your passing, We’ll always remember you coming to our home to give our son Ron Trumpet lessons. You were a great teacher. You always had a welcoming smile.

  26. Danet and Rich on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We will miss badly Norm. I will always remember the 4 of us sitting around your bar. Rich and I would bring your sweetheart Cindy and have a fun night. After 25 years, being with the same sweetheart, show you warmth, love and compasion you always had. We will all be together in passing. Sitting at the bar talking about old times.

  27. Chapell and Dorothy Peake on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We will miss Norm an old time friend.

  28. Dave Mitchell on April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I was saddened to recently find out Norm had passed on. I had known him as a former customer of Ferguson’s Hardware & business owner of Doc’s Thirst Aid Station (Doc’s).

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