Norman Frederick Dannatt
Norman Frederick Dannatt (reproduced from family announcement)
"On Sunday, 3rd September 2017 we lost our loving and much loved father, grandfather and great grandfather. He died peacefully in the night at the home where he has been living for the last six months. All those who knew him well, will recall what a full and active life he lived from his time in ENSA during the war, throughout his long career as a Music Teacher at West Hatch School in Chigwell and then as the Music Advisor in the London Borough of Havering. After retirement, he continued in the Music Industry travelling round the country enthusing, selling and demonstrating musical instruments. Latterly he was a consultant for Clarke’s Tin Whistles including researching and writing books. As a devoted father, he supported his own family, Gill, Wenda and Brian and extended his love and care to the many others that he and his wife Marjorie met on their extensive travels throughout the world. He was very talented and a wonderful craftsman being able to turn his hand to anything from composing and performing to wood work and a wide range of arts and crafts. Recently due to old age he found living on his own at the age of 97 too much and spent his last six months at Bowbridge Court Care Home Newark, near Gill.He gave us so much love, care and fun as a family and he gave his help and advice to everyone, selflessly throughout his life. We will all miss him greatly.We are so grateful to everyone for their sympathy and kind words which are a great comfort to the whole family.It was Norman’s wish that his body be left to medical science, so there will not be a funeral service."
We are fortunate that Norman committed his memories to "paper" in a most interesting and enjoyable history of his time during WW2!