March 18, 1941 ~ November 19, 2021

Born in: Erie, PA
Resided in: Arlington, TX

Bob was born March 18, 1941, in Erie, PA, to William “Red” and Ruth Norcross.  Bob leaves behind a great legacy of love for family, devotion to friends, and a combination of wisdom, laughter and wonderful memories for all those who knew him.  He was a proud graduate of Eastern High School in Louisville, KY, and earned a business degree from the University of Louisville. Bob was devoted to his lifelong high school sweetheart, Elaine, and he was inordinately proud of his three sons, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.  As an avid sports fan, Bob played, watched and coached sports for years, including his sons’ and grandkids’ teams.  If you met Bob, you became his friend.  He was fun, intuitive, personable, hard-working, wise and humble.  To his family, he was their greatest cheerleader — Bob never missed a game, a band concert, a performance, a graduation, a wedding, a new baby or any other life event in a child’s or grandchild’s or great-grandchild’s life.  He was a member of Lamar Baptist Church.  In the workforce, Bob was a hardworking, successful executive in the food service industry where he developed many endearing and lasting relationships.  He spent most of his career in sales and marketing at Sysco Dallas, where he leaves a large group of “Cronies” whom he met regularly for lunch and “chewing the fat.”  All will miss Bob’s larger-than-life presence, his quick wit and intuitive ability to make others laugh, his wisdom and insight, and his hilarious repertoire of “Bobisms”.

SURVIVORS:  Left to cherish his memory, with tears and laughter, are wife of 61 years, Patricia Elaine Keeling Norcross; children Robert W. Norcross, Jr., Thomas M. Norcross and wife, Melisa, and James D. Norcross and husband, Chuck; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; sister Carol Hepp of Louisville, KY, and her daughters; and many extended family members.

Bob will be greatly missed, but his legacy will be carried on by his beloved family and by the friends and acquaintances who had the privilege of being part of his life.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to –

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Private Memorial Service:

Wade Family Funeral Home
4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy.
Arlington, TX 76013

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  1. Oh Bob. We just had our November Cronies Lunch on the 10th and a week later we lose you. This has left me so sad. I’m thankful I got to work with you all those years. I learned so much from you. Your Region always had great success. You have touched so many of us , with your kindness and great humor. I already miss that. May God hold Elaine and your Family in his Loving , Compassionate hands. We will miss you forever. Our Love and Sympathy. Jerry & Barb Stout.

  2. Our sympathies for all the Norcross Clan. I spent 23 years working with Bob and spent thousands of miles traveling thru East Texas and further reaches West. It never took long before our conversations turned to family and kids, grandchildren and later great grandchildren and even recently great great grandchildren. Life lessons learned and saved. Thank you for sharing Robert Norcross.

  3. One of the nicest men I had ever met. Longtime family friend with our Perry family. He Followed my boys and grandsons sports career as well.
    Such good times eating out he did like Catfish Sam’s. Spent several weekends at Lake Whitney and always had pie at local cafe.
    You’ll be missed Mr. Bob but I can hear angels laughing now at your funny wit.

    Elaine, you are not alone you have raised a wonderful family. With all those little ones following you will never be alone.
    Glad to have been part of your life!

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