Norman Cleaves

November 21, 1940 - March 25, 2020
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Norman Ray Cleaves, age 79, passed away unexpectedly at home in Venice, Florida on March 25th, 2020. He was born in Portland, Maine on November 21st, 1940.

Norman attended Portland High School in Portland, Maine and is a graduate of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He was a track athlete and won the New England High School championship in high hurdles. He went on to become a physical education teacher and track coach in Augusta, Maine for 32 years. In addition to being a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he was an avid stamp and postcard collector and dealer.  He was physically active throughout his life through tennis, volleyball and running.


He is survived by his wife Claudette Cleaves of Venice, Florida; his daughter, Kristin Klemann and son-in-law Michael; son Gary Cleaves and daughter-in-law Cecile;  step daughter Michelle McKenna and son-in-law Joseph; grandchildren Devon Fournier and her husband Benjamin, Kelsey Phillips and her husband Brian, Ariel Beach and her husband Kyle, Casey Cleaves, Connor Klemann and Cora Klemann; sister Winona Sommer; as well as 8 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his mother Meda (Hamilton) Cleaves and father Raymond Cleaves.


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Born: November 21, 1940
Died: March 25, 2020

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Jeff Sanborn Cony 1972 posted on 4/2/20

In the early days of Coach Cleaves at Cony, I was one of the very fortunate runners to have the honor of running for the young eager expert. He was caring, supportive, knowledgeable and dedicated. He brought with him distance workouts he had watched at Kent State and, I know, contacted some of those runners for special workouts. It worked for many of us at Cony and we had some incredible teams in those early days. Personally he instilled in me both the love of running and coaching. I had success at Cony, winning several state titles and then went on to Bowdoin and continued to run and excel. I have gone on to coach cross-country and track for over 40 years and enjoyed every moment. I do wish I had reached out earlier to share with Mr. Cleaves what he meant to me and many of my team mates. Please know that his impact lives. Thanks to him and family, (it does take a family to support a coach's passion) and I wish you all the best in these trying times.


Paul & Edna Grexa posted on 3/30/20

Knew Norm from volleyball and Claudette from our occasional lunches with both of them. Norm was always a very kind man, a good sport and a true gentleman. In addition, he was very considerate of others. He will be missed by many. Our condolences to Claudette and the rest of his of his family.


Gary L Runkle posted on 3/30/20

I've played volleyball with Norm for quite a number of years and always enjoyed his friendly demeanor and companionship. Norm helped me when I first started out playing volleyball. I will always remember Norm. He was a very good person. Rest in peace Norm and my condolences to all his family!


Tom Gwin posted on 3/29/20

Played volleyball with Norm the last 5 years. He was always a kind man, a good sport and easy to get along with. He will be missed. Another person I was lucky to know. Condolences to his family.


Virginia Cleaves posted on 3/28/20

Norm and I were married 35 years and although not married now we shared our family and always cared for each other. We will all miss you and never forget the good times and wish there were more to come. So glad you and Claudette found each other, she's been a wonderful wife and friend. Friends forever, Ginny


Pete Foley posted on 3/28/20

Although I was a swimmer not a runner,Norm was a mentor to me when I arrived at Kent State from Portland in the Fall of '63. There were about 7 - 8 Mainiacs there during this time. I too went on to be a Physical Education teacher/coach also in Massachusetts. Great sense of humor and always looking out for his greater Portland brothers. Provided rides home during breaks. My condolences to the family. RIP Norm. Pete Foley '67


Pat Guimond posted on 3/28/20

Claudette and family I am so sorry to hear of Normans passing. It was a shock to see his name. He just was on Facebook and replied to me. I went to high school with Norman and once out we use to hang out with him . He was an awesome, kind and considerate man! Again, my condolences! May Our Lord fill all of you with His peace at this time!


Brad Brown posted on 3/26/20

Sorry to hear about Norm's passing. Norm was my indoor and outdoor track coach throughout high school and helped prepare me to compete at the collegiate level. I was pleased to reconnect with Norm via e-mail and Facebook in the last few years and catch up. My condolences to his family. Norm was a very good man.


Grace Ouimet posted on 3/26/20

We are so sorry Ginny! Love, Al and Grace


Cappy Mann posted on 3/26/20

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Cappy Mann posted on 3/26/20

I just read the death announcement and am shocked and sorry to hear. For many years Norm was one of the closest best friends. We met every Friday night for pizza, we sailed, we played wally ball. Never a cross word between us. Recent years we lived far apart , but regularly exchanged e-mail. I will miss you Norm, more than I can express.


Lee Hilton posted on 3/26/20

We read that Norm has passed. A long time since we were neighbors..Love to Kristen and sorry for the loss of your Dad... Lee & Frank Hilton


Robert Stinson posted on 3/26/20

So sorry to hear of Norms passing Didn’t know him well but have memories of him on Chebeague when I was a kid hanging out with my cousin Judy Bucklin and Harold Cleaves. Bob Stinson


Doreen cropper posted on 3/26/20

Miss you uncle norman . You were a wonderful uncle have alot nice memories about you when I was a kid.. love you Doreen