AMerican Veteran 11

Norman Leon Bishop

September 16, 1946 ~ February 1, 2020 (age 73)


Norman Leon Bishop, 73, of Cromwell, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 surrounded by family at his home.  Born on September 16, 1946 in Charleston, SC, he was the son of the late Samuel Leon and Mamie (Middleton) Bishop.

Since his father was in the U.S. Navy, his education took place in the public schools of South Carolina, California, Texas and New York City.  Following high school Norman enlisted in the Army and served as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War era.

Norman lived in Connecticut for over thirty years and was a member of Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church in Middletown.  Norman was a long time business owner, operating P.B.R. (Peoples Back Room Store) in the Main Street Market in Middletown; was Founder and President of the Board of Directors of Positive Solutions in Middletown serving individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and a proud thirty year member of the NA Community.

Norman is survived by his brother, Ray T. Bishop (Kathryn) of Middletown, CT; a sister Mitzi J. Lawrence of Charleston, SC; one niece, three nephews, four grandnieces; Kofi - his dedicated caregiver for 2 ½ years and a host of relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 17 at 11:00 am at Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church, 440 West Street, Middletown.  A private burial will be held in the State Veteran Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Norman’s memory may be made to AIDS Connecticut (ACT), 110 Bartholomew Avenue, Suite 3050, Hartford, CT 06106 or To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit




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Funeral Service
February 17, 2020

11:00 AM
Cross Street AME Zion Church
440 West Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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