Memories of Dave Norman

I was greatly saddened by the news of Dave Norman's death, as will be many birders and others across the country. I knew Dave for over 40 years and though we did not get together much in recent times I always thought fondly of him and his soul-mate Karen.

I first met Dave when I was a teenager on the railway bank overlooking the Exe.  Dave was only a few years older than me and at University at the time, but he was quick to introduce himself and point out a few birds to us. That willingness to help was a feature of his life as long as I knew him.

Dave, as we all have, had a few faults, but his endeared people to him. He was never one to be hurtful or unkind and was sometimes a good moderating influence on me for one. His freinds will look back now and smile at some of his travelling tales as they always did, from dangerous bus trips in Morrocco, to a tale of boots stolen from the tent at night in Istanbul (Karen, if I remember correctly, ran after the thief and regained the boots while Dave found his glasses) to tales of arrest that nearly led to detainment.  Just the tip of the iceberg,his travels were always eventful.

Dave's great passions were his wife and daughter and birding. A great freind to this society he was influential as well as helpful, leading walks, giving talks and more.  He was a founder member of the South Devon Group of the Society and with his old freind Vic Tucker wrote Where to Watch Birds in Devon & Cornwall.

A fine birder and a fine freind to have.  I will miss him

Posted January 23rd, 2015 at 3:55 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News