Oldest man dies
The man believed to be the oldest resident on Arran has died. Gilbert Norris, a D-Day veteran and recipient of the Légion d’Honneur, passed away peacefully at Cooriedoon Nursing Home on Thursday August 16, aged 102.
Gilbert who was born on May 29, 1916, was part of the D-Day landings during the war where, as an engineer, he played a valuable role in building and repairing bridges in France.
Following his military career, Gilbert returned to civilian life by becoming chief roads engineer with the Scottish Development Department in Edinburgh before moving to Arran in 1978.
In June this year, Gilbert received a special visit from the Consul General of France, Emmanuel Cocher, who presented him with the Légion d’Honneur in recognition of his help in liberating France during the Second World War.
Gilbert is survived by his son Geoff. His funeral service will take place at Lamlash Parish Church at 11.30am on Tuesday August 28.