Norman, on his own initiative, established the Braehead Curling Development Group some 6 years ago, with many successful new initiatives to support curling development at Braehead.
It was an enormous privilege for all of us on the BCDG to work along side him, and his hard work and careful planning has given all the curlers at Braehead much to be thankful for.
He was someone who worked tirelessly for the sport, in developing new ideas, and the RCCC Ice Diamond Award was very well earned.
The Community of Curlers at Braehead, Greenacres and across Scotland, have lost a highly valued friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret, the family and their friends.
Gary Macfarlane – Chair of the BCDG
I have known Norman for all of 40 years, firstly as young man-about-town, and law apprentice serving his time at Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie, later through curling at Greenacres on Sunday mornings with the Pioneer Curling Club and for over 25 years in Drystanes.
I have also spent many happy, and occasionally fruitful days in Norman’s company with fishing rods in hand on various Scottish lochs with the Phoenix Angling Club and chasing the elusive salmon on the River Dee at Ballater.
Norman’s contribution to curling was immense. Past secretary of Drystanes Curling Club, he passed the brush to me around 10 years ago but was always thereafter a willing sounding board whenever I needed advice.
He was a qualified coach, former President of Glasgow Province Curling Club, former RCCC Area Representative for Glasgow Province, founding member of Braehead Curling Development Group, staunch supporter of Wheelchair Curling, winner of the Ice Diamond in 2013 etc. In the citation for the Ice Diamond Award, Norman was described as a quiet, unassuming and modest person, who ‘just gets on with things’ and makes things happen.
Perhaps Norman’s greatest claim to fame, and his legacy to curling, was that he was the driving force behind the development of the Virtual Clubs which is now the main route into curling for all novice curlers. Norman developed the idea during his time as Area Representative, organised and ran a successful trial at Braehead for 3 years, following which the concept was rolled out nationwide by the RCCC; there are now at least 15 Virtual Clubs the length and breadth of Scotland.
Norman will be greatly missed by us all. At Norman’s request, the Funeral Service is to be private for family only. It will be followed by a Memorial Service at St Columba Church, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm PA13 4AS at 12.30pm on Thursday 4th December 2014 to which all are invited.
Our thoughts and condolences go to Margaret at this time.