Condolence & Memory Journal

Norman, a gentle force of nature, displayed an utterly distinct manner while wielding his influence. The Christmas Tree lighting will not be the same; the quick (actually, not so quick!) political exchanges as he and neighbors crossed paths in the West End will be missed; his bearded rough-hewn panache will not be duplicated. Goodbye, friend. May you receive a proper reward in your new life for the enormous good - both recorded and anonymous - you achieved in your earthly lifetime.

Posted by jane wilson - Friend   June 17, 2021

Many times I would see Norman Herr approach our office or come directly to my desk at Boston City Hall's Rent Equity Board. My initial reaction was always, "Here comes trouble!" Norman's dogged persistence and focus on a particular issue never failed to impress me. I believe his advocacy for his neighbors and himself almost single-handedly preserved "his" building at 23-25 North Anderson Street, now Anderson St, from a Mass. General Hospital wrecking ball and undeserved evictions. Norman was a class act and we should all emulate his advocacy.

Posted by Jim Creamer - MA   June 17, 2021