Norman’s long service is honoured

Past president Donny Chisholm presents Norman Cooper with his certificate
Past president Donny Chisholm presents Norman Cooper with his certificate

Ellon Rotary was the venue for a presentation to a local Rotarian with 50 years’ service.

Past president Donny Chisholm paid tribute to Norman Cooper, of Tarves, at a large gathering of Rotarians from Ellon, Aberdeen and Oldmeldrum, and guests.

He spoke of Norman’s early years in his native Wales, moving to music school in London and his diversion to National Service from which he joined the RAF photographic intelligence service.

Leaving the services, he set up his own consultancy business which took him all over the world estbalishing photographic investigation laboratories and then in the 1970s he moved to Aberdeen joining Charles P Skene in business.

He became managing director of the Skene Group, finally retiring at the age of 68 in 1998. Norman joined Rotary in 1965 as a member of the Edgbaston club in Birmingham.

He transferred to Aberdeen St Fitticks when he moved to Aberdeen in 1974 and maintained an active Rotary life, becoming president of St Fitticks in 1985 then serving at district level which led to his elevation to District Governor in 1992. T

He then progressed to serve in various Rotary roles, both national and international. He transferred to the Ellon club following his move to Tarves in 1998.

A proud family man, Norman was also a keen sportsman - qualified cricket umpire, passionate Welsh rugby fan and successful curler.

He also followed his love of music to become director of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and chairman of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

Norman received his certificate to a standing ovation.