Sir Timothy Colman (1929-2021)

In addition to a whole host of other appointments, and to his wide-ranging interests both in the county and elsewhere (as amply recorded in his obituary in the Eastern Daily Press for 10 September 2021), Sir Timothy was president of the Norfolk Record Society from 1978 until his retirement as Lord-Lieutenant of the county in 2004, to be succeeded in both offices by Richard (from 2019 Sir Richard) Jewson. This has maintained an established tradition for the society since all but one of our six presidents have been Lord-Lieutenant.

Sir Timothy was always far more than a figurehead president. He regularly chaired our triennial general meetings and conducted the business of the agenda with remarkable efficiency and panache – his record may have been 17 minutes! He also attended the bi-annual meetings of the council whenever he could and made telling contributions to our deliberations. When Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, died in 2002 he was very active in securing the continuation of royal patronage through the appointment of HRH the Duke of Gloucester as our new patron. It was fitting that the duke was able to attend the 2004 general meeting in King’s Lynn at which Sir Timothy retired as our president and made a presentation to him on behalf of the members.

We mourn his loss and send our condolences to his family.