THE HONORABLE NORMAN A. BARRON

April 9, 1942 - February 13, 2018 Kennett Square, PA | Age 75 Loving Husband, Brother, Uncle and Friend..

Retired Delaware Superior Court Judge Norman A. Barron died on February 13, 2018, after a brief illness, with his wife and twin brother by his side. He was 75 years old.

Norm was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey and attended Hamilton College, graduating in 1964. After college, Norm served in the United States Navy, being honorably discharged in 1968 as a full Lieutenant.

Norm arrived in Delaware in 1971 after receiving his law degree from Emery University and was employed as a Deputy Attorney General in the DE Department of Justice and later served as Chief Deputy Attorney General. In 1980, Norm was appointed as Delaware’s first Chief Magistrate by then Governor Pierre S. du Pont and served with distinction for 8 years. After a brief period as Assistant Public Defender, Norm was nominated to serve as a Superior Court Judge by then Governor Michael N. Castle and, after confirmation, served on the court from 1989 until his retirement in 2001.  He presided over many high profile cases and earned the reputation as a law and order judge.  In 2000, he received the Chief Justice’s Annual Award for Outstanding Judicial Service.  Despite his stern demeanor on the bench, Norm was very kind and cared deeply about his family and friends.  His sense of humor was one of his greatest assets.

In his retirement, Norm and his wife, Alice, spent many winters in the Sarasota, Florida, area where they enjoyed innumerable rounds of golf, warm weather and friendships. Norm finally achieved a golfer’s ultimate goal by shooting a hole in one at the age of 71.

Norm was predeceased by his parents, Norman M. and Frances B. Barron, and his brother, Fraser. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Alice Bricker Barron, and his two brothers, Mortimer of Amarillo, Texas and his twin, Tim (Loren) of Kennett Square, PA. He is survived by nephews Christopher Barron (Tracy) of Annandale, VA and Rupert Barron (Eve) of Houston, Texas and nieces Allison Dunbar of Los Angeles, CA and Alexandra and Cecelia Barron of Kennett Square, PA.

A gathering with family and friends will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 2 to 4 PM at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, (610-444-4116) 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Norm’s name to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA PO Box 96929 Washington, DC 20090-6929. To view Norm’s online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com


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  1. How fast the years go by and one hears of a lost friend from so many years. The word “friend” for me lasted only in my high school years at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ. “Norm”…Homeroom Treasurer, Homeroom Chairman, Tennis Team, Intramural Basketball. We lost contact after Columbia and today I read of his passing and I cried. Goodbye my friend!

    Richard Davey | March 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM
  2. I remember Judge Barron from my days working at the old courthouse on Rodney square, he was a good and fair judge, and a friendly man off the bench, he will be missed. my deepest sympathy to the family.
    William Anderson
    Chief of Court Security, Court of Common Pleas, Retired.

    william anderson | March 9, 2018 at 2:56 PM
  3. Alice, you have my heartfelt sympathy. So many memories. But most of all, I’ll always remember the high esteem and great respect in which Norm was held by those who knew him.

    Priscilla Rakestraw | February 24, 2018 at 1:13 AM
  4. I wish that I could come to the service today. I wanted to pay my respects to Judge Barron in person. Unfortunately I just had my hip replaced and I am too vain to appear in public with a walker. When I first came to the DOJ I prosecuted DUIs in JP Court 14. Norman was still the Chief Magistrate. The staff in Court 14 did not want to change the way they had always done cases before I came. They did not even want to tell me what cases were coming in or when they were scheduled. It took a lot of intervention by Judge Barron to be able to set up a system that worked. He also issued some great advisory opinions on new case law regarding DUIs. In short he made the Justice of the Peace Courts a whole lot more professional. I was proud to be there to watch him do it. I am so sorry for Tim especially that you have all suffered such a deep loss.

    Cee Kelsey | February 23, 2018 at 11:30 AM
  5. I remember, as if it were yesterday, working with Norm at the Attorney General’s Office in the late ’70s. He invited me to be co-counsel prosecuting a capital murder trial, my first, and many things about working with Norm on that case stand out. As several comments have pointed out here, Norm took a genuine interest in mentoring others. I still recall with gratitude how he tutored me in that case and more generally helped advance my career. Unlike some other didacts, Norm’s instruction was laced with a sense of humor. Those of us who were privileged to hear him laugh – perhaps most prominently at his own jokes or comments – will never forget how boisterous it was, seeming to explode from his wide-open mouth as his entire body shook and leaned forward. But, by focusing on his humor, we run the risk of ignoring that, through Norm’s core, ran a strain of serious intensity and dedication. And that brings me to the most prominent memory I have of Norm from that murder trial, a memory that, in my mind, says volumes of his commitment to the public he served. Throughout his preparation for and presentation of the State’s case, as a reminder of the reason for his efforts, Norm carried with him a wallet-sized photo of the young victim.

    John Polk | February 23, 2018 at 9:38 AM
  6. My sympathy to Alice on the loss of your wonderful husband. Thinking of you and Norman’s family.

    Sally (Tapert) Forrest | February 22, 2018 at 10:33 PM
  7. My sympathy to Alice on the loss of your husband. Thinking of you and Norman’s family.

    Sally (Tapert) Forrest | February 22, 2018 at 10:30 PM
  8. Long ago, Judge Barron became Chief Magistrate when I was a Justice of the Peace. He whipped us into shape; produced Legal Memos by the dozens, nay the hundreds, made us into respectable spokespeople for Delaware’s lowest court. And he did it with humor and good grace. I still have a fount of warm recollections – not to mention all those memos. What memories his family and close friends must have! How lucky you all are to have them. Warmest of thoughts,

    Vicky Kleinman | February 22, 2018 at 12:21 AM
  9. It is with great sadness that I have learned of Judge Barron’s passing. I have many memories of working with him. My first “grown-up” job was working in the Prothonotary’s Office and I was a court clerk. I had many trials with Judge Barron and we shared many conversations in the robing room and in chambers. He taught me about the law and when things would get tense in the courtroom, he always made sure “his clerk’s” were ok. I will cherish my memories and most of all his incredible humor, and the “wink” he would give me.

    To the Barron family – May you find peace and healing in the coming days. God bless you all.

    Debbie Camponelli (Wilson) | February 21, 2018 at 11:23 AM
  10. We feel fortunate to have known Norm. We shared so many fun times in South Bethany. The world has lost a great man! We held Norm with respect and affection. Our deepest sympathy to Alice and family. Mary Ann and Roland.

    Mary Ann Hoffman | February 21, 2018 at 9:58 AM
  11. As a State Police detective, I had the privilege of having the tag-team of Barron & Barron prosecute several of my cases in Superior Court. My most memorial case was State V. John Stephen Lamborn. The three of us met each morning before trial and the Barron brothers would plan out their various examinations for the day. To say that these reviews were hilarious is an understatement. Needless to say, the actual examinations were much tamer than those enacted pre-trial. But the case preparation by both brothers was exceptional and this case as well as all of the other cases resulted in convictions. Judge Barron was a well-schooled and effective prosecutor who I genuinely admired and respected and his passing is a sad event. My sincere condolences to the family – especially Tim.

    Bob Gouge | February 21, 2018 at 9:11 AM
  12. I am very sorry to hear of Judge Barron’s passing. I have one memory of him which stands out .
    At the time, I would like to say I was a young lawyer but really just clumsy and inexperienced . I had a defendant accused of killing his friend by beating him and then driving him home without getting medical attention. Opposing counsel for the State were two very experienced and powerful Deputies – James Ropp , Esq and Thomas Stevens , Esq. Judge Barron had the case and I was intimidated – Here were 3 highly competent individuals and me.
    Trial was about a week , ten days. My direct and cross exams were riddled with so many errors and my opponents were quick to point them out ( as they should). It was the end of an extremely rough day and the Judge said we had time for one more witness if I was quick about it. For some reason the exam went well , no sioppy newbie mistakes. I finished , sat down , the courtroom was dismissed and amid the bustle ( after the jury retired) Judge Barron turned , looked at me and mouthed “very good”.
    That was my proudest moment as a lawyer.
    Judge Barron was kind , considerate and a Gentleman with a sense of fair play. I am indebted to him .
    Again my condolences , upon hearing of his passing I felt a loss. Thank you , Victor Battaglia Jr

    Victor Battaglia Jr | February 20, 2018 at 2:36 PM
  13. Norm was a friend, associate and a looming figure of inspiration and guidance to me. His sense of humor was only exceeded by his kindness. My sympathy to Alice, Tim and his family and friends.

    Carl Goldstein | February 19, 2018 at 5:34 PM
  14. Norm was my mentor and friend from my days in the Attorney General’s office. He was blessed with a keen mind, a cool head and remarkable sense of natural humor. He will be remembered by all who were fortunate to have known him. Alice, you are in my prayers. Vincent Poppiti

    Vincent Poppiti | February 19, 2018 at 4:51 PM
  15. Great Guy. Great Judge. Great Stories. Great Memories.

    Jerry Capone | February 19, 2018 at 2:45 PM
  16. One of Delaware’s best and brightest. Honored to have been his colleague and to have tried cases with him many years ago.

    Myron Steele | February 19, 2018 at 12:55 PM
  17. Norm was a mentor and guide for me when I first went on the bench in 1999. He was a true gentlemen and a great friend. We will miss him greatly.

    William L. Witham, Jr | February 19, 2018 at 12:02 PM
  18. Much love and sympathy to my dear friend Alice, who loved Norm deeply.

    Christine Hannafin | February 19, 2018 at 1:35 AM

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