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.