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Harness owner Edward Norford dies

August 29, 2011
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Edward R. Norford, 82, of Camp Hill PA, a successful Harrisburg-area businessman, a friend of Hall of Famer Max C. Hempt and his son George, and a member of the U.S. Trotting Association for 40 years, died Friday, Aug. 26, at his home.
 
Norford was born in nearby Lemoyne PA, was a graduate of Penn State University, and served in the Marines.  He gave his time on countless prestigious boards in the Harrisburg area, including Holy Spirit Hospital, central Pennsylvania’s leading medical facility, and was a noted philanthropist.
 
Norford was in the quarry and contracting industries, which is where he undoubtedly met the late Max C. Hempt, whose familiar cream and green “Hempt Brothers Construction Company” trucks matched the colors Max wore in his many successes as an amateur driver. Norford came to own 42 horses in his lifetime, including Keystone Stetson, 1:58z, and bred 28. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, which was also a passion of Max C.’s late son George, who took over the Hempt Farms (“Keystone”) operation upon his father’s passing. The two Hempts, Norford, and several other local captains of industry would often gather socially, among other things playing “liar’s poker” with what one might believe was the very last dollar in their pockets.
 
Norford was preceded in death by his wife Helen. Surviving is a daughter, Debra; two sisters, Sandra Yetter and Helen Hall; and a brother, Millard.
 
Visitation will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill on Wednesday from 11 am-1 pm, with services following.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Cumberland River Rescue Building Fund, New Cumberland PA, or Community United Methodist Church, also of New Cumberland.
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