Tribute to Norna Munson
By Alan Bullion
Norna Munson has sadly passed away. She was Chair of Sevenoaks District Council in 1998-9 just after David Coates.
Norna was a councillor for Kemsing, a former chair of Sevenoaks Liberal Democrats, and well known to many people in the communities of Kemsing and Sevenoaks which she served.
She contributed much to the Liberal Democrats, and to the many local organisations with which she was involved.
Norna was also a primary school teacher, much loved by her pupils, from whom she had a veritable fund of anecdotes.
She is much missed by all her former Council colleagues, by her husband Derek, and her family.
Cllr Merilyn Canet, Lib Dem group leader on Sevenoaks District council said:
"Norna was a much loved local member who represented her home village of Kemsing at Sevenoaks District Council.
As District Chairman she represented us with distinction. Her wonderful talent for telling stories and jokes appropriate for every occasion stopped any event or situation from becoming pompous. Norna was a kind and thoughtful person to all that came into contact with her, and funny too. Norna and Derek were generous with their time and their home, a great partnership. Their garden parties were such happy occasions when the sun always shone and the pool invited in the swimmers, Norna told stories while preparing salads and Derek barbequed sausages to perfection.
She was a true Liberal who wanted the best for all and who valued the contribution that each person brought with them.
Norna had a way of making each individual feel special and brought out the best in us too.
A lovely woman to know and to work and campaign alongside.
Deepest sympathies to Derek and their family.
Rest in Peace Norna , it was a privilege to know you."
Cllr. Merilyn Canet
Alan Bullion, parliamentary spokesman for Sevenoaks and Swanley said:
"Like Merilyn I have very fond memories of a kind and constantly cheerful person who was always was supportive and hospitable to everyone. And we shared a similar sense of humour which is very important in political life. My sincere thoughts to Derek and Norna's family and many friends and colleagues and former pupils."