They made their mark on Norfolk - some obituaries of 2010

A revolutionary approach to practical environmental management was steered to success by a man with a huge vision for the Broads, Aitken Clark, who died aged 74, in April.

His strategy of paying incentives for conservation was accepted by Whitehall and led to the greening of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy as he also effectively defused the 'Halvergate Marshes' issue.

A tireless campaigner on the perils of radon gas, Dennis Papworth, who had a family home at Sheringham for more than 70 years, died six days after his 89th birthday. As president of the Radon Council, he fought for decades to prevent about 2,000 deaths a year from a naturally-occurring radioactive substance.

Stained-glass artist Paul Quail died aged 82 in July. A specialist in ecclesiastical work, he moved to Norfolk in 1971. His notable works can be seen at Poringland and Tasburgh parish church and also at the Lady Chapel of St John's Church, Harleston, and at Hunstanton.

A painter of traditional orthodox icons, Norwich-born Leon Liddament, died aged 67, at his north Norfolk home.


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One of the most important Roman towns in Norfolk was unearthed by a Norwich GP, Keith Knowles, who died aged 82.The first medical officer at the University of East Anglia, he spent 25 years excavating at Brampton, near Aylsham.

Great Yarmouth GP John Cowan, who died aged 85, was one of the first doctors to be lowered from a helicopter to tend a casualty on a ship at sea.

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Farmer Mike Buckingham, MBE, who died aged 70, created the Bucking-ham Emergency Food Appeal (Bepa) to help feed homeless people. Born in Aylsham, he farmed at Swafield, near North Walsham, for more than 40 years and opened one of the country's first pick your own ventures.

Soldier and pioneering farmer Harry Schulman died a fortnight after his 100th birthday at his north Norfolk home. A peal of 5,040 changes was rung on November 3 at St Mary's Church, North Creake, where he had been churchwarden for more than 50 years. He commanded the rearguard of the 5th battalion the Royal Norfolk Regiment in Malaya and survived three years on the railway of death in Burma.

David Crowe, who died aged 78, was principal of Norfolk School of Agriculture at Easton and the Norfolk School of Horticulture at Burlingham, near Acle, for 13 years from 1973.

Pioneering turkey farmer Ray Le Grys died aged 88, at his north Suffolk home, last month. He died three days before Bernard Matthews and had started breeding turkeys more or less by accident in 1947.

North Norfolk landowner and businessman Benjamin Bulwer-Long died suddenly aged 40. He gave a new lease of life to the family's Heydon estate, which has been owned by the family for more than 500 years.

Two auctioneers also made their mark. Bill King, who died aged 90, ran the North Walsham office of Ireland, Hall and Palmer. He was decorated for his part in the raid at Nazaire in France when HMS Campbeltown in March 1942 attempted to destroy the gates of Europe's largest dry dock.

And Hubert Sheringham, who died aged 88 in January, also of Irelands, sold the first farm in Norfolk to break the �100-an-acre barrier in September 1958. He had a role in the 1970 film of the Go-Between.

Industrialist Bryan Basset, who farmed at Quarles on the Holkham estate in north Norfolk, died aged 78. As chairman of Royal Ordnance, he oversaw the sale of the state-owned business, which had 16 factories and employed 19,000 people, to British Aerospace in April 1987 for �188.5m. His marriage at St Withburga, Holkham, to Lady Carey Coke, second daughter of the former Earl and Countess of Leicester, on April 30, 1960, was described as 'the wedding of the year'.

Former Anglia TV weather forecaster David Brooks died aged 71 after a long illness this month. From 1972 until 1993, he was Anglia's Mr Weather and developed a further career managing golf courses. Hotelier Paul Whittome, of the Hoste Arms, Burnham Market, died aged 55 in July. In a 20-year career, the former potato merchant helped to establish north Norfolk as a magnet for film stars and celebrities.

A senior Norwich Union executive, Charles Moore, died aged 91 in July. He retired as deputy chief general manager of the Norwich Union (now Aviva) in 1979 and had joined the head office at Surrey Street in 1935, directly from school. And for gener-ations of customers in Great Yar-mouth, Leslie Rivett, who died aged 99, was the 'The Man from the Pru.' He was the last of a line of six in his family who had worked for 200 years for the Prudential Assurance Company.

Outspoken but compassionate coroner James Hipwell, who died aged 85 in March, had become the country's youngest clerk to the magistrates at the age of 29. His most celebrated exploit, the so-called 'dressing-gown' inquest made headlines around the world in June 1991 when in slippers and pyjamas, he opened a two-minute inquest at 8.30am in the study of his Town Close home one Saturday.

Skipper Frank Dye, who died aged 82, in his native Norfolk, sailed the Atlantic in a small dinghy. His Norfolk-built 15ft 10in Wayfarer logged tens of thousands of miles and is now displayed at the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth, Devon. A traditional sailmaker with an international reputation, Yarmouth born and bred Jack Cockrill, died aged 86.

Aviation historian Francis Mason died four days before his 82nd birthday. A top designer for Hawker Aircraft, he even named the 'Harrier' before embarking on a career as a publisher and author of 80 books. It took 12 years to write the definitive account, Battle over Britain.

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