Old­est man dies

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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.

Gil­bert Norris.

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