Norman R. Cayer

Norman R. Cayer, 97 of Mattapoisett died July 16, 2019 peacefully at Sippican Health Care Center after a period of declining health.

            He was the husband of the late Claire F. (Fontaine) Cayer.

            Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Jules L. and Emma (Robitaille) Cayer, he lived in New Bedford for most of his life before moving to Mattapoisett in 2004.

            He was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett.

            Mr. Cayer was the proprietor of Fontaine Plumbing and Heating for many years until his retirement. He had also worked as a sales representative for the Fall River Herald News and a field executive for the Boys Scouts of America Fall River Council.

            He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korea. He was an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Master Plumbers and was chairman of the by-laws Committee. He was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus McMahon Council, and honorary life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Whaling City Post 3196.

            Survivors include his 2 sons, Robert N. Cayer, and his wife Joan, of Lunenburg, MA, and Paul A. Cayer, and his wife Eileen, of Mattapoisett; 2 daughters, Louise F. Cruz, and her husband Ronald, of Fairfax, VA, and Julie M. Cayer of Fairhaven; a brother, John Cayer of Fall River; 2 sisters, Therese Kavanaugh of Dartmouth and Gabrielle Deane of Exton, PA; 8 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

            He was the father of the late Charles A. Cayer, grandfather of the late Geofrey Cayer.

            His Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 3rd at 10 am at St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Charles A. Cayer Scholarship Fund, Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 or the Lcpl Geofrey R. Cayer Memorial Fund C/O Beth Slattery IC Credit Union, 300 Bemis Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Arrangements are with Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

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