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May 3, 2019 3:02 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Norman 'Ned' Kirsch Dies April 10

May 3, 2019 3:37 PM

Norman “Ned” Kirsch

Norman “Ned” Kirsch died on April 10, 2019.

Born in Southampton to Charles and Anne (Schwartz) Kirsch, he was a 1984 graduate of Westhampton Beach High School. In 1988, he graduated from the University of Maine and continued his studies at Vermont Law School, where he earned a Masters of Studies in environmental law and his Juris Doctor. At the University of Vermont, he furthered his commitment to education and earned a certification in advanced study in educational leadership.

Mr. Kirsch was a dedicated educator, serving as principal for the Milton Town and Essex Town school districts, and as a superintendent of the Franklin West Supervisory Union. He was recognized as Vermont Principal of the Year for his leadership at Essex Middle School. He was a strong advocate for the physical, social, emotional and educational well-being of all learners. Mr. Kirsch was often, and preferably, in classrooms engaging with students about their learning. He always encouraged people to work collaboratively in the ever-changing educational climate. As an innovator for change, he advocated for technology and was instrumental in championing ways to make the global environment accessible for students in rural Vermont.

Leadership qualities were evident early in his life—he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. In 2011, the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America awarded him the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit for using CPR to sustain the life of his eldest brother.

His vision for education, as well as life, was always evolving, survivors said. He was an active participant on multiple organizational boards and committees at the local, state and national levels.

Mr. Kirsch loved the mountains of Vermont and the beaches of Westhampton. He was an avid skier, creative cook, and world traveler. Among his passions were sports, politics, personal and professional beliefs, reading, storytelling and tradition. He loved letting go in the garden, kicking back with music, family, friends and pets. His infectious smile, humor, laughter and quick, witty ways brought energy to any room or space. His dynamic personality radiated confidence. He nurtured and inspired others to grow and never give up. He was dedicated to being a responsible and affectionate provider for his family. His most treasured roles in life were as husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, and friend, survivors said.

Mr. Kirsch was predeceased by his father, Charles Kirsch; and his brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Nancy Kirsch, just two weeks earlier.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Coree (Greenbaum) Kirsch; his children, Abigail, and Colby; his mother, Anne (Schwartz) Kirsch of Westhampton Beach; brother David (Joan) Kirsch of Connecticut; and his sister, Pam (Mike) Magnan of Pennsylvania; his in-laws, Art and Sue Greenbaum; sisters-in-law, Kari Greenbaum and Kaija Johnson; and nephews DJ Kirsch, Riley Kirsch, Jacob Magnan, Samuel Magnan; and niece Molly Magnan. He also leaves behind his favorite dog, Addison.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 1. Location to be announced on awrfh.com

Memorial donations may be made to Essex Rescue Inc., 1 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452.

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