Norrie Semple, well known and admired by all of us as WPSA UK Branch Treasurer for the last six years, died in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Wednesday 28 June after a brave battle with cancer. Robin Johnston, who worked with him for many years and who, within the poultry industry, perhaps knew him best of all, writes:
"Norrie was the son of a banker turned farmer and, while he also farmed in North East Scotland when he first married, he needed something more outgoing and which enabled him to meet more people, and soon we heard of this mythical chick salesman paid on commission with a Jaguar XK150. This early portrait would be recognisable to all who met him over later years where Norrie's enormous enthusiasm for everything that he did, his deep interest in people, his persistence and his attention to detail not only created a highly successful career but also a very wide range of friends. Until he retired Norrie worked for only one company as it went through its various phases from Sterling Poultry Products to Ross Poultry Ltd, rising through Sales Manager to Scottish Director. Following retirement he threw himself into desk top publishing, producing the Grampian Country Food Group training manuals, amongst other things. As befitted his enquiring mind he took a keen interest in the WPSA and its work and became its very efficient treasurer. While his main interests were always within the industry, he was a computer enthusiast, a gadget man, had a continuing interest in cars and a longstanding interest in recording and music. Few would forget a fast trip with Norrie in his Mini Cooper with the tape volume turned up! As with all great characters the stories are legion and kindly meant as Norrie was regarded with affection by all who met him. To his wife Ada and to his sons Willie, Jimmy and Duncan we would offer our deepest sympathy."