of Kingston Peace Council will be very sad to hear of the passing away on 20th
November of Norman Smith, for many years an active member.
worked for the Foreign Office and spent ten years in Japan. His visits to Hiroshima
where he met some of the Hibakusha – survivors of the
atomic bomb – were an experience which laid the foundations of his lifelong
passion for peace.
in 1972, Norman
co-founded Kingston Peace Council, which later amalgamated with the local CND
group. He was its Secretary and Chair by
turns for many years. He inaugurated the
Hiroshima Day commemoration in Canbury
and built 6 wooden model boats which we still launch on the Thames
every year at that event. He converted
an old pram into a mobile street stall (it was salmon pink in those days) and
later did the same with an old wheelchair!
He kept us on track and helped to make Kingston Peace Council one of the
most widely acclaimed peace groups in the country. Norman
worked tirelessly to raise awareness of what he regarded as the immorality of
all militarism, and nuclear weapons in particular. Having joined the Quakers,
the Peace Testimony was his guiding principle and his commitment was deeply
felt and evident in his dedicated witness for peace.
2001, Norman and his wife Myra
moved to Sheffield. He immediately and energetically joined up
with the peace movement there, giving the Quaker Peace Group, Sheffield Peace
Forum and Sheffield CND (and Sheffield U3A) his very active best.
dedication, consistency in the face of public and political opposition and
indifference was rooted in his uncompromising pacifism. He will long remain an example to us all.
(Thanks to Rosalie Huzzard)