Council stalwart, football fan and caring father dies at 83

Just Regional
Jun 2, 2020 2 mins read

A well-known face around Sprowston, a familiar steward at Norwich City Football Club and the Royal Norfolk Show, and a Norfolk County Council stalwart, David Smith has died at the age of 83.

He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Born in September 1936 on the Larkman Estate, in Norwich, he was part of a large family, with four sisters, a brother and a half-brother who was killed during the Second World War.

He attended Norwich CNS School and met his future wife, Pamela, at St Mary’s Church in Hellesdon when he was around 13 years old. Their teenage years were happy, and they enjoyed going to the Firs Stadium to watch the Norwich Stars speedway team.

She said: “David will be remembered as a compassionate, kind, thoughtful, caring man, who loved to be with his family. He was so proud of his sons, grandchildren and will be missed by everyone who knew him.”

David was conscripted to National Service and spent two years at RAF West Kirby on Merseyside and studying RADAR systems at RAF Neatishead.

On returning to Norwich, he and Pamela married in September 1959 at St Mary’s Church, in Hellesdon, and then moved to Elizabeth Close, Sprowston, where they lived for more than 60 years, and where their two sons were born.

David with his wife, Pamela, and a Norwich City Football shirt signed by his much-loved team. He has died at the age of 83 and will be very much missed.

David spent his entire working career at Norfolk County Council, mainly as a local government officer, in a purchasing role and latterly as chief purchasing officer for the Highways Department. His dedication and long service was recognised when he was presented in 1992 with the British Empire Medal for services to local government – an enormously proud moment for all the family.

David was a passionate Norwich City supporter, attending most home games and all three cup finals at Wembley. From the late 1970s to early 1990s, David was employed as head gateman at Carrow Road and held a season ticket in the River End until 2013 when he continued following his club on the radio and TV. He was also a gateman at the Royal Norfolk Show for many years.

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