I write this post with great sadness and a sense of personal loss. Norman died last night at the Halifax Infirmary. Norman had been ill for some time, but still found time to phone us daily to keep up with what was going on at the School. The official announcements have been made; this is an opportunity for all of us to express our personal sentiments and memories.
Norman was a truly remarkable person; he’s the kind of person I’ve always wanted to be. Words and phrases that come to mind when I think of Norman are: Gentleman, kind, funny, sweet, caring, patient, generous, sensitive, empathetic, classy, brilliant, absolutely phenomenal and scary memory, soccer crazy. I could go on and on. I never heard an impatient or unkind word from Norman, and I’m sure he was more patient and understanding with me than I deserved. Norman’s contributions to the Information Management profession are legion and legendary; the people he touched and affected impossible to count. I can’t imagine the School without him.
My fondest memories of Norman revolve around soccer, a passion for which we both shared. Norman was an avid Manchester United fan, while I’m a Gunner (Arsenal) girl to the core. Norman and I would never fail to remind each other of our respective team’s victories, and commiserate or rejoice at the results of the World Cup, UEFA Cup, Euro Cup, and so forth. When it came to international competitions, Norman and I shared a common bond in our ever-optimistic support of England. I shall always picture Norman smiling down at me whenever I watch a Man U match, particularly if they beat Arsenal.
Norman left this world a far better place than he found it. We miss you, Norman.
“We are United.” Manchester United.