Tribute to Norman Warner, former mayor of Sandown and community leader

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FORMER Mayor of Sandown and active figure in the Sandown community, Norman Warner, has died aged 86, following a short battle with cancer.

Norman was born in Kensington in 1935, spending his childhood in Twickenham with his parents and twin brother Ken.

He had a passion for art from an early age, but his mother told him he needed to find a “real job”. So, when he was offered a job at school in an accounting firm in London, he started his professional career.

He was called up for national service and spent three years at RAF Hendon.

After national service, Norman continued his career in accounting and began auditing across the country.

One of his audition trips took him to Cardiff, where he met Natalie at a ball.

They kept in touch and Norman proposed, Natalie accepted and they married in 1961, creating a home in the Twickenham area.

Their daughter Helen was born in 1962, followed by their son Paul in 1966.

In the early 1970s the area they lived in was getting busier and Heathrow Airport was getting bigger, so they looked to move further south.

The Isle of Wight became their destination of choice and they moved to Shanklin in 1971.

Norman and his wife became involved with the Savoyards where his talents were exploited in landscape painting.

Norman Warner.

A few years later they moved to Arreton where they became involved in the village community mainly through St. George’s Church.

When the opportunity arose, the couple opened an art shop in Sandown called ‘Warner Arts’.

The shop featured many styles of Norman art, including his fine line drawings, miniature figure portraits, miniature acrylic paintings, and larger works.

During this time Norman expanded his freelance bookkeeping business and closed the art shop to focus on exhibitions and commissions and started an art class at Sandown.

Norman soon became actively involved in the Sandown community and became mayor in 1989.

He also became President of Sandown Rotary in 1995 and has served as President of the Twinning Association, President of the Sandown Business Association, Governor of Sandham Middle and Sandown CE Primary and Vice President of the Carnival Association.

Norman leaves behind his wife Natalie, his children Helen and Paul, his daughter-in-law Karen and his grandchildren Rhiannon, Sam, Floraidh and Charlotte, as well as Rosie the dog.

The funeral will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday at the Isle of Wight Crematorium.

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