Norman Bede 1929 - 2010.


A tribute to Norman by Cliff Mooney.
Norman Bede was a popular and much respected senior lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department. For many years he was Dennis Rothwells right hand man and involved in many of the major developments in the Department. He joined Openshaw Technical College c Sept.1960 as a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Norman could be described as a true all rounder. He was equally at home teaching maths and science to Technician and ONC students as well as using his tool making expertise to teach practical machine shop skills to students in the Departments workshops. He also equipped and taught in the metrology lab in LG 21, now part of College Bistro, and developed Quality Control courses for local industrial organisations. When Norman retired c1992 the Department lost a valued lecturer respected throughout the College. Members of staff lost a valued friend and studentís a dedicated and supportive teacher. Norman was a devoted family man and was involved in many local activities in the Salford area where he lived. He loved Scotland and most years during the summer holidays he would pack his car and set off to explore the highlands and glens of that beautiful country. Norman died on the 31st.Dec 2010 and leaves a wife, Ida and two sons. Peter and Chris. A celebration of his life was held on January 6 2011 at the United Reform Church, Chapel Street Salford followed by committal at Agecroft Crematorium.



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