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by AlanBray » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:06 pm

It is with great sadness that I share the news that Dr Norman Paskin (NormanP) passed away suddenly on Sunday at his home in Oxford.

Norman wasn't just my customer but a dear friend. It's tragic that his untimely passing comes just as we are close to completing his CV8 restoration to his exacting requirements and just as he had acquired a 541. Norman was a real Jensen enthusiast and passionate about about the mark. His thirst for knowledge, his interest in Jensen history and in particularly CV8 & 541 was extra ordinary. Just last week I spent a day with him visiting other 541 owners to refine his own plans for his latest acquisition.

Decent, honourable, warm, intelligent, witty, these are all adjectives that I could use to describe Norman but somehow they still don’t do justice to the man. I consider it my privilege to have known him.

I know he was an active contributor to the forum and had many friends here. He will be missed.
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by Keith » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:39 pm

I don't know what to say Alan.

How unexpected.

Norman and I became friendly when he first joined the forum and was looking for his ideal C-V8. I invited him to one of our "Classic Virgins" days at work (in conjunction the then Heritage Centre, now British Motor Museum), and Norman was very enthusiastic. Even in these early days he had amassed a great deal of knowledge about "what to look for" when considering a C-V8.

Once he had bought "his" C-V8 he agonised over who to send it to for its refurbishment and restoration. His research was thorough and he made his decision. And as we know, it didn't finish there, he really had got the Jensen bug!

What sad news, but thank you Alan for bringing it to our attention.


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by shaun » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:01 pm

This is a very great shock.

The last time I saw Norman, we were talking about when his car was going to come out and be seen. Very soon he said. And of course the Italian 541.

I don't quite know what to add.

Condolences to all.

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by felixkk » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:25 pm

Very sorry to hear this.
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by Martin R » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:22 pm

I am totally shocked to hear this news.
We both attended Churchill Car show two years ago, plus was present when the Scandinavian's visited at my home - so Norman came to my house a couple of times.
I just can't believe it.
Please pass our condolences to his family/friends.
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by Grant » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:55 pm

How terrible and shocking, I didnt even know the man but have read his post's.. recently as well and I feel so shocked that things like this happen so suddenly and now NormanP will no longer been on here ... you never know what is around the corner :shock:
It's the poor people like his family that suffer for evermore.... if he was like me and most of us on here there is so much stuff that us avid collectors also leave behind for other's to sort through and try to work out what to do with it all ....
My condolences to his poor sad family :(
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by VFK44 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:09 pm

Norman and I had been communicating a lot this year about his new toy - the silver and red Italian restored 541R he has just imported. I had never met him until I went to the Excel show in February, and he introduced himself for the first time. Sadly, that will now also be the last time and I will never get the chance to properly know him. I do know that he was looking forward to his first ride in the 541R (I was able to allay his fears that 541s have a harsh ride), and I hope he achieved this. He was full of so many plans for the future.
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by Frankoid » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:03 am

Very sad news. I last heard from Norman only 2 weeks ago. He was a keen enthusiast and looking forward to being able to show his cars this summer. Condolences to his family
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by AlanBray » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:46 am

Sadly Norman didn't get to drive his 541, which only adds to the tragedy.

Norman being Norman he wanted it just so before using it, so was waiting for us to get it up to scratch.
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by John Staddon » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:59 am

Very sad news indeed. I felt I knew Norman long before I first met him as he kept me up to date with his search for a car then on his acquisition of 2393 and his subsequent realisation that it's condition wasn't as good as it first appeared to be, not that Norman was put off by that, he just saw it as an opportunity to create the perfect C-V8. I did my best to help Norman with info for his restoration but he soon knew more than me! Norman was on fine form when I met him at the London Classic Car Show and looking forward to showing 2393 off in all it's glory, such a shame that he will never be able to do that.


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by Joerg » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:27 pm

I'm shocked. We have only meet once but had quiet some communication about CV8 and I was very much looking forward to see him and his extraordinary car.

We have again lost an enthusiastic Jensen owner and what a tragedy that he wasn't able to drive them.

I'm feeling with his family and friends.

RIP Norman

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by Chris_R » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:49 pm

I am also saddened by this news, I had been looking forward to seeing him and his car having corresponded from time to time since he got it.
I first met Norman at the Classic Virgins day mentioned earlier by Keith when he was right at the beginning of his journey with Jensens and after introducing himself as I got out of my Interceptor his words to me were "Technically, I'm not a Virgin now". To explain this comment, the Classic Virgins day was intended for people who were thinking of buying a classic car. Norman had in fact bought his C-V8 just a few days earlier so was no longer thinking about owning a classic. He also got his wish that day which was to have a run out in a big engined Jensen and as my Interceptor was the only Jensen there on the day an Interceptor it had to be. I made sure he saw what one could do when pushed (just a bit). We had a bit of fun on the drive.
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by PaulMcElhinney » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:27 am

At the end of my magazine report on the NEC show last year I appealed to anyone in the club who would like to either show their car at future NEC shows or work on the stand for the four days, representing the club and engaging with the public. Norman replied to me saying that he would very much like to do both, display his CV8 and talk to the public about the marque. I was very much looking forward to that. How very sad that it will never happen. He is a loss not just to his family but to the JOC.
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