Remembering our friend Norman Thompson
The 2011 Residents Association asks you to pause a moment and join us in remembering Norman Thompson, a dear friend, neighbour and irreplaceable member of our organisation. Norman worked with 2011RA on many neighborhood campaigns over the years, and always bought organisational energy, ideas and methods born of many years experience working in and around government. He was also an active member of our neighbouring organisation DRAG (Darlinghurst Residents Action Group) and was instrumental in saving the sensitive site next to St John’s Church in Darlinghurst Road from becoming a massive high rise. Norman was a fount of first-hand knowledge about politics, whether local, State or Federal. We regularly sought his help and guidance when government proposals impacted our community, and Norman always took the time to explain the history and background of the parties he had so closely studied for years: the ever-changing cast of characters, how they related to one another in the so-called ‘corridors of power’, and of course the back-room clashes and intrigues. He could also demolish those who deserved it with a succinct and withering one-liner, accompanied by that devilish and lovable smile of his, a smile as wide as Taylor Square, that could light up a dinner table as well as a crowded public meeting. We have lost a dear and much-loved friend; the ongoing struggle for what is good and just has lost a fighter; and our community has lost a respected colleague and comrade. Norman passed away peacefully on Monday morning March 22nd 2021 at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. We send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Andrew, Norman’s partner of 36 years.