Remembering a Belmont Brother: Kevin’s Memorial Ride Begins in Hometown Oct. 4

If you lived in Belmont from the 1960s to the 1980s in Belmont, you likely knew one of Muriel and Jack Normile’s kids. There were 11 brothers and sisters in total, so running into any one of them in the halls of Belmont schools or around town as they were growing up was simply unavoidable.And one of the brothers was Kevin, who played football and ice hockey for his family’s hometown high school – he and 31 members of his extended family are Belmont High graduates. But he was much more than simply an athlete or a member of the class of 1979.”Kevin was the type of guy who lit up a room, he had a very outgoing personality and had a lot of friends,” said his brother, Patrick Normile.

Eventually, Kevin left Belmont for Dedham, living there with his wife, Stacey, their sons; Kevin Jr. and Jake, and his dog, Chance, while working at National Grid for 17 years. He also had a passion for riding his Harley Davidson that stayed with him even after being diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

Last year in August, Kevin, a person his brother Patrick said had “a very big heart, and would do anything for anyone,” lost his battle with cancer.

Next week, Kevin’s loved ones and friends will remember the man who always had “a smile on his face and made people laugh” with an early autumn motorcycle ride beginning in his old hometown.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, “Kevin’s Memorial Ride” will start at “Skip” Viglirolo Skating Rink on Concord Avenue before riding through several communities. The ride will finish at Arlington’s Sons of Italy, 19 Prentiss Rd. just off Mass. Ave. where a celebration of Kevin’s life will be held beginning at 3 p.m.

Registration for the ride will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lot next to the Skating Rink.

Donations may be made payable to “Kevin’s Memorial Ride” and can be sent to 53 Trowbridge Street, Belmont, MA 02478

Proceeds from the Ride will be used to establish a scholarship in Kevin’s name at his alma mater Belmont High School.

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