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Gone too soon

Friday, 12th January, 2018

Sam Norman in front of the Miner’s Memorial on top of the Line of Lode last year. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Sam Norman in front of the Miner’s Memorial on top of the Line of Lode last year. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

A young man whose brief stint in the city last year sparked a massive fundraising campaign for the Silver City Cinema has died suddenly in Adelaide.

Samuel Norman, of Hallett Cove, South Australia, was found dead at a friend’s place in Morphett Vale on Sunday.

An autopsy was being performed to determine the cause of his death.

He was 23.

The Flinders University student, who was set to graduate in April, was remembered yesterday as an amiable and enthusiastic young man, someone who was very generous with his time, and always helping others through his volunteer work.

Sam leaves behind his mother Vanessa Norman, his grandparents Bev and Chris Norman, and his older brother, Benjamin.

He grew up in Hallett Cove living with his grandparents, and he attended school at St Martin’s Catholic School (Hallett Cove), Sacred Heart College in Adelaide and Marcellin College (Noarlunga), where he won the Archbishop’s Award for student excellence.

He had a one-year stint at Adelaide University studying music before moving to Flinders University to study for a Bachelor of International Tourism.

Sam spent many, many hours volunteering with various organisations.

He would help people in wheelchairs navigate around cruise-liners, and help them with their luggage.

He volunteered at fashion shows, music festivals, and tennis tournaments at Memorial Drive.

He even helped set up events for International Women’s Day.

“He was just always volunteering for something,” his grandmother Bev Norman said yesterday.

 

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