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TOUCHING WORDS: Family pay tribute to lifelong Watford resident 

 Published on: 18th August 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A beloved son, husband, father, son-in-law and friend from Watford, Ben Norcott sadly passed away last month. His friends and family gathered for a touching funeral service on Wednesday, August 11.

Ben was born to Jen and Derek Norcott on April 17, 1979, at Watford General Hospital. He grew up in the family home at Belgrave Avenue with his younger brother Tom. He had a love for Watford FC and attended countless matches at Vicarage Road with his father, brother and uncles.

He attended Holywell and Bushey Hall Schools and later worked at the Hilton Hotel in Watford, where he made many firm friendships, including life-long friends Chris and Dougie, and the love of his life, Anna. In 2012, Ben and Anna moved into their house on Benskin Road in Watford where they spent many happy years and the pair married in 2015 at All Saints Church.

Over the next few years, they settled down and became parents to two beautiful girls, Lily and Maisie and moved to a new home in Hemel Hempstead. Ben was an excellent father who always put his children first and taught them about the world around them. 

In a touching Eulogy, John Baldwin, Ben’s brother in law said: “It is never easy to say goodbye to someone who made such a huge impression on our lives. And even harder when that person has been taken away from us so suddenly. 

“Ben’s life was filled with so many wonderful friends and family and I know each of us will be feeling his heart-breaking loss today. His relationships with his friends held a special place in his heart. He was always interested in their welfare and genuinely concerned they were doing well. 

“Ben had the ability to make everyone he met laugh. Whether it was his silly antics or making silly faces or noises at the most awkward of times. Underneath Ben’s big persona he was a gentle and sensitive human being; his home was his haven and he adored the simple things in life. Although he loved going to gigs with his friends, he was most happy being at home with his family.  

“Ben had lots of hobbies and interests and put his heart into all of them; his Dad used to take him plane and train spotting when he was younger which continued into his recent years, later on, he became involved in metal detecting and he loved showing everyone the coins he found.

“But being a Dad to Lily and Maisie was what he enjoyed most, they are Ben’s lasting legacy.  One of the things they loved about him was his childlike wonder of the world, especially his love of autumn and winter and snow! He enjoyed revelling with his daughters outside building a snowman and following reports for possible weather storms.

“He was just such a kind, loyal and all-around good guy and we can take comfort in the fact that Ben enriched and blessed all of our lives. Ben, you will be so greatly missed.”

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