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In loving memory of Frank Walker who sadly passed away on 17th February 2021 after a fall from a step ladder in his home.
Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather (Dadda), great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Frank’s early years were spent in Alfreton, with holidays visiting relations in Stamford.
On leaving school he had a variety of jobs including Butterley Company, farm work and repairing motorcycles for Frank Raynes in Alfreton.
Frank’s love of cars called and he gained an apprenticeship at Kennings in Alfreton.
During his time at Kennings he obtained his National Craftsman Certificate. He also became a volunteer firefighter, another role he loved.
In 1960 Frank attended a dance at the Drill Hall in Alfreton and met his wife to be Joan.
In 1962 they married and set up home in Somercotes, Frank’s role in the fire service progressed to a full time position, unfortunately after the birth of Janet in 1964, due to poor wages, Frank had to make the decision to leave the service and return to the role of a mechanic.
The family moved to Codnor and in 1967 Bryan was born. Frank’s career in the motor industry progressed until in 1970 he purchased Somercotes Hill Service Station, a year later the family moved back to Somercotes to live. Over the next 20 years the garage was to become a successful business. In 1990 the garage was sold due to Frank’s ill health.
After a short time lecturing Frank became a partner in another new business ‘Bincleaned’
Frank and Joan moved to Swanwick and retired.
Frank was an active member of the community and was part of the following organisations all of which he loved, Somercotes Men’s Group, Somercotes Pantomime Group (remember the fairy!), Alfreton and Ripley Operatic Society, Musical Dimensions, and was also a Mason
His hobbies included singing, dancing, fishing, DIY, gardening and caravaning. During these activities he made many good friends.
Frank’s funeral will take place on Friday 19th March, unfortunately due to the current COVID restrictions it will be by invitation only, with respect to the family please do not attend the crematorium grounds without an invite since other guests are not allowed.
However we would like you to join us virtually if you are able as the service will be broadcast and the details are as follows :-
Service Date 19th March 2021 at 2pm
Service Chapel Chapel – Amber Valley
So please feel free to join the family in the celebration of Frank’s life
The family have asked for family flowers only but donations to our chosen charities can be made via the Just Giving link on this site.
Please do take the time and opportunity to share with the family your messages, stories and memories of Frank below.
The family would like to thank everyone for their messages of condolence, cards, flowers and donations received as at 10.03.2021 £500 has been donated to the firefighters Charity and £110 to QMC leaque of Friends.
Thanks also go to all who were able to attend the funeral either in person or virtually.