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RIP Norman Brown, a South Street fixture with his Viking helmet

A candle lit vigil was held Sunday night to celebrate the life of Norman Brown, a fixture to the South Street area for more than 30 years.


Pic comes from Thirsty Fish

If you ever saw a man with a viking helmet making friends on South Street , that was Norman, who died of natural causes. He lived on the streets but also in the hearts of many that frequented South Street over the year.

People of all sorts came out to show their love and respect for a man who would often be seen posing for pictures with people.

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RIP Norman. Photos by K. Lambing.


8 Responses to RIP Norman Brown, a South Street fixture with his Viking helmet

  1. tm March 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    are you kidding me? this guy was a menace and a thief. not only did he steal any bike in the QV area that was easily accessible, but he also would courier drugs from the projects to South St.

  2. Drew March 28, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Norman Brown was a kind, soulful man who always had a kind word and a smile for all…
    I knew him for twenty years and never heard of him screwing anyone over…
    quite the contrary…he may have had his issues but those were his and this was not and is not the place to promote any kind of hate.
    This was a tribute to a man’s life and if you don’t have anything nice to say please keep your unkind words to yourself…

  3. lisa March 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I’m completely with Drew on this also knew Norman for over 20 years. How pathetic are you to not only post hate crap on the man’s article but to start s blog? You need lives seriously and a conscience this makes you worse than your claims about him. You are obviously not real south street ppl who lived, worked and played there… likely you are the posers who only visit and somehow think your cool. You may need your a** kicked old school punk rock style…. things are things lives are way more important than things some of us get that… you however need to learn these lessons…. seriously pathetic!

  4. Db March 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    I knew Norman for almost 20 years. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to Philadelphia. While it is true that he was a street guy who drank and used drugs, he was also a gentleman. He was funny, smart, charming, kind, peaceful and dignified. He was a survivor who slept in the street nearly every night. I saw Norman almost every day. Even in the freezing winter weather, Norman had a smile on his face and had a kind word to say to me or my young children. Unlike so many of us, Norman had no attachment to things or money. A lot of people who frequent South St. and Philadelphians in general could learn a lot from a guy like Norman. Norman was a bright spot in a landscape that seems to be getting more and more negative, materialistic, ignorant and violent by the day. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Thirsty Fish April 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    Photos by K. Lambing? I’m quite sure the first photo is not by K. Lambing!
    Norman’s New Viking Helmet

    • Albert Stumm April 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      Our apologies, Thirsty Fish. I updated with a link to your site.


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