Two Who Quietly Left Their Mark on DC have Left Us Far Too Early – RIP Norm Ralston. RIP Brie Husted.

Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Norm Ralston and Brie Husted. While Norm had moved back to Ohio he was a familiar face to many in the Adams Morgan community. He bartended for years at Angles and was not only a friendly face but he was a genuine friend. It seems cliche to say but when I was going through tough times of my own – Norm was one of the few constants who always turned my mood around. I think those that knew him will always remember his smile and his laugh which fortunately for those who needed it, came frequently. I can hear it right now.

Norm Ralston courtesy Gunnar Larson

One of Norm’s last Facebook posts over the summer said:

Have you ever had one of those days where the bills are paid, the lawn is mowed and gas in the car. Today is my day off. I’m sitting on my porch, a woman walks by (probably 90) and says you look content, I tell her my day. She says “enjoy, your day you’re allowed to have good days in life”.

You brought so many of us good days Normie. May you be content and at peace.

Brie Husted courtesy ‘Memories of Brie Husted’

Brie I did not know as well. But what I do know is that whenever her name was mentioned the person talking about her always glowed. Brie lived in Petworth and was an incredible architect who’s work can be seen all over town. Most recently Brie was part of the team bringing Timber Pizza to Petworth. To Brie’s friends and family you have my deepest sympathies.

8 Comment

  • Anonynon

    She says “enjoy, your day you’re allowed to have good days in life”.

    Made me tear up a bit.

  • Two sad losses for the DC community. Brie was a highly talented architect and designer and it is a sad shock that she has died. Prayers for her family and friends.

  • I didn’t know Brie well, but have been shocked by her loss. I think everyone who knew Brie was a little in awe of her. She was beautiful and funny and creative and extremely talented. I hope she has found peace and that those who were close to her are able to find comfort in their memories.

  • Wow – so sad on both accounts. I used to see Norm all the time in the 90’s when he was tending bar at Angles, and before that at Perry’s, I think. Great guy.

  • Norm was my bartender, my confidant, and my friend. I wouldn’t have survived my divorce in the city without him those were the hard times. He was the definition of a good listener. Years later we went tailgating Nats games, making drinks in the early mornings during Adams Morgan days. Going out to Chief Ikes on Tuesdays with the girls, the list goes on.
    I can still hear his voice, we frequently would talk farm life and growing up in a rural areas and the strong character it helps mold.
    We used to talk Vonnegut, a quote I keep hearing:

    “Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt”

    One of the sweetest and most genuine people I’ve ever been blessed enough to call my friend. The world lost a giant, and heaven just got their sweetest angle.

  • Norm was a great dude with the sort of laid back, humble, manner that helped make Angles one of the city’s best places to pop in for a few fast beers. So sad to hear of his passing.

  • I only knew Norm through stories from his sister Pam. I know he was much loved by his family. Prayers for all.

  • justinbc

    IIRC Brie also designed all of Derek Brown’s bars (Columbia Room, Mockingbird Hill, etc).

Comments are closed.