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Rest in peace Norman. Thanks for all of the laughter.

Posted by: Sharon McFarland - New York, NY - Acquaintance   Sep 09, 2021

Nervous and new to NYC in the 1980's Norman was my writing mentor and big brother. I grew as a writer and became comfortable in my artist skin. In his space with Tina's glow warming the room I wrote poems and short stories that later won awards while learning the nuances of jazz. He was an extraordinary teacher and genuine soul. The world was better for Norman Riley and today surely a bit dim. Let his love, rhythm and rhyme

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Posted by: Carol Lewis - Dobbs Ferry, NY - friend   Sep 09, 2021

I didn't know you for that long but you were a true inspiring person. Thanks that I was able to meet you

Posted by: philipp rohl - vienna - Friend   May 28, 2021

Haven't seen Norman for 50 years, but I have no doubt I would know him anywhere, at anytime with his arms and mouth open ready to share his passion and vision. So glad I had a chance to catch him in flight as he was just lifting off. Norman was trouble. Good trouble . . . full of energy, ready to shake things up and provide a voice that we desperately needed. To his family, please accept my condolences and

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Posted by: Otis Anderson - Milwaukee, WI - brother   May 17, 2021

Gentle soul, humble giant and a sweet, present spirit. That’s Norman! May you rest in great peace Brother Man,and eternal music be with you.You will be missed.

You blessed us in your own special way, and leave a mark in each book of those of us lucky enough to have walked this great journey of life even for awhile with you, that says lovingly “Norman Was Here!”

With Great Gratitude,
Tsidii Le Loka

Posted by: Tsidii Le Loka - New York, NY - friend   May 15, 2021


Posted by: Chas Miller - Rocky Hill, CT - Family Friend   May 12, 2021
Norman & I, November 2018

Posted by: Amanda Wood - New Milford, CT - friend   May 10, 2021

To Susan and family .. MY deepest condolences to you and family i feel the pain cause it just happen to me losing the one that you love is not easy. I will miss Norman dearly ,loved playing with him and taking his advice he always gave me...... R.I.P.


Posted by: james cobb - DANBURY, CT   May 10, 2021

To the family of Norman: I had the pleasure of touring with Norman and because it was Norman, we never had to worry about anything. He made sure at every venue we were safe and in good hands. He was professional, committed and even funny!! He is family. Blessings and God's peace to all of his loved ones. He leaves a beautiful legacy. In Love and Peace, Branice McKenzie

Posted by: Branice McKenzie - Oakland, CA - Friend   May 10, 2021

To Susan and family... My heart is deeply sad and hurting and i'am lost for words at this time, but sending my deepest heart felt condolences to you susan and family. I will always have Norman very close to my heart. BILL


Posted by: james cobb - DANBURY, CT - family   May 10, 2021