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Norman Lightfoot

Norman Roger Lightfoot

Friday, February 7th, 1936 - Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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NORMAN ROGER LIGHTFOOT
February 7, 1936- July 16, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Norman Lightfoot. He will be lovingly remembered by Sonia Lightfoot, his sons Liam (Jaunita), Eric and his wife Amy, grandchildren Alexander, Madison, Quinlan and Rebekah and great grandson Isaac.
Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews, colleagues and friends across Canada and the world.
Pre-deceased by his parents Thomas and Kathleen, his sister Enid and brothers Vernon and Rodney.

Norman was born in Dublin, Ireland, and grew up in South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and England before moving to Canada in 1953. From his earliest years Norman was keenly interested in wildlife and around the age 11, while living in Nairobi, Kenya, Norman’s parents would drive to the local National Park where he took his first, fuzzy, black and white “wildlife” photographs using the family box camera. It wasn’t until some years later in Canada that Norman, now in a strange world of ice, snow and colourful landscapes and “new” animals, started his long, slow climb, to becoming recognized as a wildlife photographer specializing in nature photography, and film/video documentaries. Norman’s early film footage (1968) was purchased by KEG productions for a series of TV programs featuring wildlife and wildlife art. As Norman was developing skills as a cinematographer, his interest in wildlife art was also growing and resulted in his first wildlife artist documentary (1978). “Images of the Wild” produced by the National Film Board of Canada, featured Robert Bateman. (Norman went on to produce 12 more artist documentaries).
Norman would return to Kenya and Tanzania many times over the years to lead Safari’s that would focus on Wildlife conservation and photography.
Norman would share his love of nature with his sons and his grandchildren, often taking them on photo walks with lessons on how to take pictures, he’d take camping trips to Algonquin, he’d teach them about butterflies, birds, raccoons and countless other animals.

If you wish, as expressions of sympathy, donations to the R.A.R.E Charitable Research Reserve Cambridge, Ontario or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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Elizabeth Wheeler

Posted at 09:33pm
We just now learned that our friend, Norm, has passed away. Norm was the Best Man at our wedding in 1968. He was also our wedding photographer, so we have only one or two photos of him from our wedding! We met Norm and Rodney through tennis, and shared many of the same interests. We remember a very long hike out to Long Point and another time we heated moose meat stew over a fire outside in the middle of winter. We had many good times. Brian was Best Man at Norm and Sonia’s wedding. We offer our sympathies for both Norm and Rod, and hope you have many good memories of happy times. Libby and Brian Wheeler
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Christine Zorn

Posted at 04:05pm
Norm and I shared similar careers and he was a mentor to me. He taught me that the beauty of nature can be best appreciated by pausing and taking it in with all the senses. I am grateful for this gift. I will remember you always Norm, I feel your presence in nature. Christine Zorn
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Liam Lightfoot

Posted at 05:50pm
Philip Gosling asked for this to be shared.
We were very saddened by the news of Norman`s passing. I remember him first as a tour guide and travelled with him to Africa. He addressed the local residents in Swahili -like he was fluent? I never knew?  He knew the wildlife and took beautiful pictures some of which we still  have now on disc. We have several framed photo`s of his.too.

He was very active in supporting naturalist groups and causes as you must know and will be forever remembered by his special films of artists like Bob Bateman..We miss his happy smile.

 

Hope you and family are keeping well and you remain with Lexus. (by now plant manager?

 

All the very best to you and Liam and all the Lightfoot`s

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Philip and Susan

 

ps can this be sent to the funeral home as a obituary..

 

 

 

 

 

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Kathy Gibney Owens

Posted at 08:37am
Our Uncle Norman was one of a kind. He loved sharing his love of animals and nature with all of us through his photographs and stories of his adventures. He kept us entertained with stories of growing up in different parts of the world and was always looking into our family tree and putting together information for us to look over. I will miss him popping over from time to time and hearing his interesting stories and his quirky sense of humour. Rest In Peace Uncle Norman.
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Liam Lightfoot

Posted at 11:42am
My Dad was a great father and loved nature. He taught me from the day i was born all i know about animals , plants in the forest , pond life and most of all how to appreciate it and to see it through his eyes with passion and a deeper understanding that i dont think most have a chance to see or feel. He was ALWAYS there for me when i deserved it or not and i tried to reward him in kind although i didnt always succeed growing up. I am Proud to call him Dad and i miss him every minute. Love you Dad.
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