Norman Smith

We are sad to report the death of Norman Smith of Erpingham.

His funeral  will  be onThursday August 20th at 1pm but by invitation only as the family are only allowed 30  people at the crematorium. The service can  be seen online.

Everyone is welcome  to join the  family at the Spread Eagle in Erpingham at 3pm

A Samaritan, part of the Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support, someone who cared about carers, was instrumental in setting up the Federation of Small Businesses, the Bereavement Support Group, a District councillor, chair of the Parish Council up to his death. This and so much more is what Norman brought to our village of Erpingham.

A problem with pot holes in your road – ask Norman. Speeding traffic outside your house – ask Norman. Want to make your opinion known about a new housing development – ask Norman. Help setting up a MUGA (that’s a multi-use games area to you and me!) – ask Norman. Want a village sign – ask Norman. And as recently as the start of the lockdown and you are a senior citizen wanting help with shopping etc.  - ask Norman. His telephone number is on all the posters around the village.

This man who was passionate about injustice, and actually DID something about it. Who went out of his way to help those who needed it for whatever reason. Who spoke up for those who thought they had no voice. Who was good as a reconciler, a negotiator if things got tricky with differing opinions. Lesser men would have given up but not Norman. He fought for us and our village.

But as well as this kindness and passion he was fun!  In Erpingham who can forget his smiley face and his laughter at the Wednesday coffee mornings in the village hall or at the Harvest Suppers up at the church.

Thank you Norman for everything you have done for Erpingham and Calthorpe and way beyond. Our memories of you are ours to keep but you will be sorely missed.

H.B.


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