Norman Cyril Giddings
Nov 14 1926 - Jan 23 2018
On Jan 23 in the company of family and friends, Norman passed away peacefully after a brief illness.
Born in Southend on Sea, England, Norman‘s earliest memories are of being a magician’s helper to his father’s magic / ventriloquist show performing at parties and private events. However, the shows were cut short, at the onset of WW2 as he was evacuated to safer areas of England where he continued his schooling, worked on farms and practiced his magic.
Norman enlisted in the UK Army in 1944 and was accepted into officers training and achieved the rank of lieutenant in the “Sherwood Foresters” 2nd battalion and dispatched to Egypt and Palestine on peacekeeping missions from 1945-1947.
After his army discharge he immigrated to Canada in 1952 and found his niche as a manufacturer’s agent, settling in Ontario and selling kitchen and giftware products and building a successful business.
Norman (an avid sailor) sailed his sloop “the sea owl” up the St Lawrence and around the USA eastern sea board eventually settling in St Petersburg Florida and in 1968 worked for the Clearwater Time’s newspaper and later as harbour master of a local marina.
During the early 70’s he moved back to Canada (British Columbia) and returned to his “manufacturer’s agent” roots where he built another successful business selling kitchen and giftware items until his retirement in 1992.
After 20 years of Vancouver rain he opted back to the warm sunny climate of Florida for the winters, and the warm dry climate of London, Ontario for the summers, where he stayed happily for another 20 years.
Being a born entertainer he returned to his singing and storytelling roots with TNT and The Merry Makers, performing many shows and entertaining young and old alike.
Predeceased by his wife of 50 years Doreen (nee Payne), Norman is survived by 2 children, David and Russell, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
The family would like to thank the cordial and professional staff at London’s University Hospital for all their kindness in keeping Norman comfortable during his stay. Private family arrangements.
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