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Sad news about a Society stalwart - the death of Norman Mountain

October 20, 2016 2:27 PM

BlossomIt is with sadness that we have to let members know of the unexpected death on 7 October 2016 of Norman Mountain of Newport, who was one of the Lloyd George Society's staunchest members and an assidous attender at our weekend schools for many years.

Norman said that he greatly enjoyed the occasion and good company at the weekend schools but his favourite part was always the panel session with MPs and peers answering questions from the floor because you had the politicians there and you could quiz them directly.

Norman was unable to come to the 2016 school because of illness. He was missed by his friends on that occasion but he will be more deeply next February. The Lloyd George Society wished to send its condolences to Norman's family on their sad loss.

The Society has received the following memorial to Norman published in the local party newsletter, the text of which we are pleased to reproduce.

Norman was a stalwart of the Newport Liberal Democrats, holding various committee posts over the last two decades. Generous in his time and donations. Most recently he was involved in the local election approval panel, interviewing would-be councillors.

He was a community councillor for Bassaleg on the Graig Community Council. Probably his best chance of becoming a Newport city council was in 2005 at the Graig by-election, when the LibDems were riding high in Newport, unfortunately his agent forgot to submit his nomination papers!

Born in Scotland but lived in Newport since childhood, attending Rhiwderin School. He joined the Merchant Navy in 1970, attaining the rank of Chief Engineer before retiring in 2000 due to ill health.

Norman liked bowling, cooking, organising dinners, quizzes and especially reciting Robbie Burns poems. He was a member of the South Wales branch of the International Friendship Force whose aim was to understand the ordinary citizens of other countries via arranged visits to members' homes.

Norman will be very missed by the Newport Liberal Democrats. Condolences to his family.

Funeral on Tuesday October 25th at 12noon at the Gwent Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to Royal National Lifeboat Institution, may be sent c/o Tovey Brothers, 9/11 Cardiff Road, Newport NP20 2EH.