Norman Harrison was promoted to glory on 15 October 2018, a true Christian gentleman whom we shall all miss.
Diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2008, he had his spleen removed on 15.10.08 ten years prior to the day of his death.
Norman was born in Huddersfield in November 1936. In 1955 he was called for National Service and joined the British Military Hospital in Cyprus being mainly involved in radiography and anaesthetics.
On return to civilian life Norman became an apprentice at a local Public Analyst’s laboratory, this was the introduction to his long and successful career as a Public Analyst achieving many high accolades nationally. In 1970 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry moving to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire in 1974, then to Leicester in 1982. The pinnacle of his career was being awarded the Presidency role for The Association of Public Analysts.
Norman retired in 1997 and moved to Kibworth and was always grateful to God for having worthwhile things in life to do.
A devoted Christian man since teenage years thoroughly committed to his faith and church work in Huddersfield, Aylesbury and for the past 36 years at Oadby Evangelical Free Church (OEFC), Norman gave 101% to all tasks big or small; his attention to detail was impeccable.
A key wish of Norman’s was to mix with local people and be a Christian influence. He therefore embraced the role of Clerk to the Kibworth Joint Recreation Committee; he embraced this responsibility with enthusiasm and determination. He was instrumental in the introduction of the Skate Park and redevelopment and upkeep of the playgrounds.
Norman was interested in history and he joined the Kibworth History Society in 1998, becoming Chairman in 2006-2018. He interviewed older residents, recording their memories and then transcribed material for the Society’s webpage. Norman was always interested in finding out about the people and the way they lived not merely the facts of significant dates. He was also involved and featured in the BBC’s documentary ‘The Story of England’.
Norman married Patricia on 5th of the 9th 1959 and they were married for 59 years! They were a devout couple and were always grateful for their mutual love and their family of two daughters, Jill and Kate and five grandchildren, three of whom graduated this year; and the other two are still at University.
He was truly a husband, father, grandfather and friend whom we could all respect, treasure and adore. We hope his values and principles will continue in all who knew him. His life has set a high standard for each of us. We miss him terribly but are honoured to have shared his life and rejoice that he is now with the Lord he served so obediently.
We thank all friends for their condolences and support, and are grateful for those from Kibworth who attended the packed church service of thanksgiving for his life on Monday 29 October. Donations in memory of Norman have been collected and at Norman’s request will be split between The Bible Society and OEFC.