Aug. 10, 1931 – Oct. 6, 2016
NORTH TONAWANDA – Richard Allen Norris, a retired editorial artist at The Buffalo News, died Oct. 6 under hospice care in his North Tonawanda home after a battle with cancer. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, he learned art in classes as a student at North Tonawanda High School and from correspondence courses. He served in the Army Post Office in Korea during the Korean War.
Returning from service, Mr. Norris worked for Wurlitzer Corp. in North Tonawanda as a stock chaser and a foreman, then briefly had a job making architectural drawings before coming to The News in 1969.
In profiles of members of the newspaper’s artistic staff in 1979, it was noted, “When an art job calls for subtleness, thoughtfulness and minute realistic detail, the man for the job is Dick Norris.”
He retired in 1993. He won several Page One Awards from the Buffalo Newspaper Guild for his illustrations.
His hobbies included painting in acrylics, gardening, music and computers. A longtime member of the Buffalo Zoo, he regularly paid visits to see the animals.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Carol M. Breitenbach; four sons, Robert, Raymond, Mark and Richard Alan; a daughter, Pamela Wienke; two brothers, William and Edwin; two sisters, Barbara Parish and Susan Kehner; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.