Graham passed quietly at Northumberland Hills Hospital on September 6, 2018, in his 79th year. He was predeceased by his parents, David Norcutt and Catherine Norcutt (nee Palmer), and his beloved wife, Carol (nee Black). Graham leaves one son, William Edward Norcutt, and a wide circle of friends, to mourn his passing.
Graham had a rich life and lived it ever as a gentleman. He was born in the Philippines, where his father was an RAF pilot during WWII. He and his mother fled the Japanese to Australia, where they ended up on an isolated sheep station. As a boy he took his schooling over the radio and began a life long love affair with books. He won a scholarship to Oxford, England. He began his career with IBM, and then worked in the computer industry for many years. Graham opened the first retail computer store in Cobourg, years ahead of his time.
Although he dated the daughter of an Earl, he met and married the love of his life in Canada. Graham’s final decades were spent in the “Old Oriental Hotel” in Castleton, which was converted from a bank into the family home.
Graham was passionate about community and heritage. He served as the Executive Director of the Cobourg Chamber of Commerce, and spent many years as a Rotarian and with Probus, as well as helping form the first Board of The Mill at Piper Creek Arts and Heritage Centre in Castleton. A generous man throughout his life, Graham has divided his entire estate amongst a number of charities, most of them local. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his name may be made to the Castleton Sports Club or Northumberland Hills Hospital.
A Celebration of Graham’s Life will be held at Castleton United Church, 1815 Percy Street, Castleton at 2:30 pm on Friday, September 28, 2018. Following the service, Graham’s ashes will be laid to rest beside Carol in Castleton Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Church. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.