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Norman Vance Cable

August 29, 1940 February 11, 2018
Norman Vance Cable
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A nearly finished didgeridoo made from the flower stalk of an Arizona agave leans in the corner of Norman's studio, the last beautiful thing to be made by his hands. Norman was happiest when he was listening to music and absorbed by the work of making - a canoe, a guitar, a gingerbread house with his grandson. When he painted, you might catch him dancing, unaware of himself, lost in the work, the music, the sheer joy of the process. He was an architect whose work stands in his own Five Points, Denver neighborhood, in Saudi Arabia, and many countries and states in between. He was a man who listened more than he talked, and who, when he did talk didn't ever go on about himself, for he was comfortable and easy in his own skin. He was a gentleman, like his father, who was his hero. Norman, too, was a hero who earned a Denver Police Department citation by saving his elderly neighbor whose life hung by a thread in the jaws of a pit bull. The person his father-in-law called a "tough S.O.B." was forged in Cheyenne, Wyoming and on the Medicine Bow dude ranch, he helped his Mamo run when he was just a boy. Tough, yes, at 76 he peddled his road bike more than 3,000 miles, much of it overpasses in the Rocky Mountains in 2017. Even so, he could be brought helplessly to tears by certain arias or by, say, walking into St. Mark's Square in Venice for the first time all those years ago when the bells rang and pigeons took flight. Norman and his wife spent many years of their lives together exploring the globe. He traveled lightly and independently, seeking always to leave as small a footprint as possible. They were in Aqaba, Jordan when he died by drowning in the Red Sea, leaving behind so much sorrow, but also the indelible tracks of his extraordinary, great big life. "Now he gets to see the universe. He will like that", were his bereaved mother's words upon learning the news. A memorial exhibit of Norman's paintings will be heldbythe Mary Martin Gallery in S.Carolina on March 9, 2018. In addition to his mother, Dorothy Wood Cable, Norman is survived by his wife of 29 years, Susan Dickson, three daughters, Leslie Clarke, Whitney Harris and Sommer Vincent, and their husbands and families; his sisters, Lana Cable, Janna Pijoan and Christie Kemp and their husbands and families, and brother, Jon and his wife and family, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and countless friends. He was predeceased by his father, Norman Vance Cable, Sr., and half-brother, Paul Wiseman. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Central Denver YMCA.

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