TRIBUTES have been paid to Norman Barrett, a well-known Chichester figure, who died last week.
Mr Barrett lived in the city his entire life and died on Thursday, February 12, two days short of his 80th birthday.
As well as playing cricket and football in the area he was a popular local singer, musician and entertainer during the 1970s.
In 2002, Mr Barrett was handed a civic award for services to the young and elderly by Chichester City Council, which he then served on for four years.
He leaves behind brother Michael, two sons Douglas and Franklin, five grandchildren and friend and companion Rosemary.
His son Franklin said: “The two main things people will remember him for are his singing and cricket.
“He was an incredibly warm, friendly and generous man who didn’t have an enemy in the world.
“He is already sorely missed.”
Mr Barrett was born in Tower Street on Valentine’s Day in 1935.
At the age of 18, he joined the RAF.
For most of his working life he was employed as a signwriter for the Army as a civilian, and had the distinction of playing cricket for both the Army and RAF and football for the RAF.
He married Carole in 1961 and moved to Cherry Orchard Road, where they had three sons, Douglas, Ashley and Franklin. Ashley sadly passed away in 2008.
During the 1970s, Mr Barrett was a well-known local singer, performing for the Ronnie Day Show Band regularly at the Embassy Ballroom in Selsey.
He also sang at local social clubs for a number of years and wrote music with close friend David Russell.
Cricket was one of his major passions and he was a founder member of the Gilbertian Cricket Club, which ran for about 50 years, and was also an active member of Chichester Priory Park Cricket Club, where he remained a patron until his death.
He was chairman of the Chichester City Club between 1998 and 2000 and then served on Chichester City Council between 2003 and 2007, after winning a civic award in 2002.
Mr Barrett’s funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium on March 6, at 2.45pm. Family flowers only with all donations going to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.