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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Norman Edgar Partridge 1925 - 2003





Norman was born at Billesdon, Leicestershire on 3rd November 1925. Son of Charles William and Gladys (nee Ford) Partridge, brother to Hilda and Jim (picture above; Jim, Hilda and Norman)

At the age of 24, Norman married Catherine Margaret Dunne (30)known as Kay, on September 30th 1950. Kay originated from Kilmeaague, Co.Kildare in Ireland. Kay unfortunately died in childbirth and the baby died also.

On the marriage certificate at this time Norman's listed occupation is a builder, living at 1 Scotland Lane, Houghton on the Hill.

Kay left Ireland to find work, and worked at the Imperial Typewriter factory. Her father and brother were innocents that had been violently killed in Ireland by the Black and Tans.

In 1953 Norman than 28 married Jean Margaret Phillips (18) a Laundry Packer. Norman was living at 3 Mere Cottages, Houghton on the Hill, and Jean at 31 Wayne Way, Leicester. Norman and Jean had three children - Victor, Linda and Helen (this is where I come in the picture)

Norman was widowed on 14th November 1970 when Jean died of cancer.

Norman married Kath in 1979 and gained a lovely step-daughter Pat.

Most of his working life was spent on the farm, his happiest times spent at Rodhill Farm, Tilton, and Whatborough Farm, Tilton.

He was an expert sheepdog handler and trainer.

He died at home in Ridlington in December 2003.

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