Hundreds gather to celebrate the life of Webbs Norman

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) --- A tribute was held at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two to honor the legacy of Webbs Norman.

Norman was the Rockford Park District Executive Director for 34 years. Norman planned his memorial service in advanced and referred to is as his life "graduation".

"Just like a graduation from high school or college, he left earth, he's graduated to heaven. That was his way and he always called it his graduation for the last 25 years," said John Cook, Norman's longtime friend.

Webbs touched the lives of many and those close to him say he brought people together.

"People from every walk of life, every ethnicity, every neighborhood, everyone loved Webbs because he treated everybody equally," said current Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine.

Norman's legacy was one that will continue beyond his life.