Norman Edward Gage, 86, formerly of Camp Hill PA and longtime resident of Ridgefield CT, died peacefully Sunday, September 17 at Maplewood in Bethel, CT. He was born April 22, 1931 in New Cumberland, PA, a son of the late Arthur Norman of Williamsport PA and Mary (Klepper) Gage of Montoursville PA. Norman graduated from Camp Hill High School in 1949 and attended Pennsylvania State College where he studied agriculture and dairy husbandry.
During the Korean War, Norman enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator. He flew for years from Naval aircraft carriers. After completing his tour of duty, he continued to serve in the Navy Reserves. In 1956, he moved to New York City and began flying as a co-pilot for American Airlines and was soon promoted to the Captain’s seat. Shortly afterwards, he met his beloved wife, Victoria Zilli and they married in 1958. The couple moved to Long Island to start a family, then relocated to Ridgefield, CT, in 1967, where they resided for 48 years. Norman retired from American Airlines in 1991; on his final flight with American Airlines, Captain Gage took his family, flying from Dallas to Honolulu and then on to Sydney, Australia.