Born in Liverpool, graduated BSc from Durham University and worked as a scientist with Shell at Thornton Research Centre.
He was a councillor for over 45 years, first on Neston Urban District Council (of which he was twice Chairman) and on Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council, representing Neston ward 1974 – 2003 (where he was Mayor 1983 – 1984).
He was made an Honorary Alderman for outstanding contributions to local government. Neston had no secondary school, and Norman Angel led the campaign that resulted in a secondary modern school in 1958, which became a comprehensive in 1974.
He was for 20 years Secretary of the Neston Female Friendly Society, and for his work with the Annual Fair was made a Life Member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Showman’s Guild.