Frank Walter Cordell

THE funeral service for Frank Walter Cordell, of South Street Caistor, was held at the parish church.

The Rev Canon Ian Robinson officiated at the service and arrangements were by J W Varlow and Son.

Frank was born at Dunkirk Farm, Wootton, the youngest of nine children.

Frank was educated at North Kelsey School until he was 14, when he joined his father on the farm.

During the Second World War Frank worked on another farm for a man named Knapton. He was also a member of the Home Guard, the Observer Corps and, later, a volunteer fireman at Caistor.

In 1940 Frank married Edith, and they enjoyed more than 72 years together and had four children, three daughters Joyce (known as Jodith), Mary and Margaret (known as Ann) and the youngest, a son Robert.

Their four children have produced 11 grandchildren, Alison, Mark, Neil, Nigel, Ian, Hayley, Tracey, Mathew, Gary, Sharon and Dawn.

Frank also had 12 great-grandchildren: Tyler, twins Emma and Sarah, Harry, Ross, Billy, Brandon, Ethan, Owen, Katie, Emily and Libby.

Frank was a great family man and loved to spend time playing games with them.

He was also a keen sportsman and his interests included bowling, golfing, darts, snooker, football, shooting, karting, motorbikes, tractors, cars and property repairs.

Apart from being a farmer, Frank had been a shopkeeper and a landlord.

He’d spent many happy holidays caravanning and his pancakes were famous within the family.

Frank assisted in watering, cutting and fertilising Caistor’s newly-laid bowling green many years ago and was very proud to be a life member of the club.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbours.

Frank died at Ladysmith Care Home.

Immediate mourners at the service were: Edith Cordell (wife); Joyce (daughter); Ann and Richard, Mary and Arthur (daughters and sons-in-law); Robert and Lynda (son and daughter-in-law); Neil Smith (grandson); Gary and Barbara Smith, Ian and Beccy Smith, Mark and Angela Smith, Matthew and Clare Wright (grandsons and wives); Dawn Cordell, Sharon Cordell, Tracey Blackburn, Alison Andrews (granddaughters); David and Hayley Matthews (granddaughter and husband); Billy Barnett, Brandon Barnett, Ross Barnett, Ethan Matthews, Owen Matthews, Harry Smith (great-grandsons); Libby Jagger (great-granddaughter); Reg Tomlinson (nephew); Terry and Kathleen Tomlinson (nephew and wife); Freda Dixon (née Cordell, niece, rep Ken Cordell.

Others present in the congregation were: Mike and Ivy Corbey, (neighbours, rep David and Marion Barrow); Jamie Linton; Sandra Atha; Christine Pinchbeck; Valerie Tenby; Jonathan Piekuss; Jim Corken; Don Morgan (rep Cath Morgan); Mr Cockerton (rep Mrs Cockerton); Irene West (Ladysmith Care Home, rep Julie Swallow); Liam Kay, Susan Smith, Andrew Reynolds (Ladysmith Care Home); Mrs L Brumby (rep Mr C Brumby); Mrs J Garner (rep Wells Family); Harry Mins; Bob Heath; Horace Heath; David and Judith Redfern; Chris and Pauline Atkin; Jane Volland; Pauline Parkinson (rep Edith Wright); John and Norma Radcliffe; Jeff Wood, Alwyn and Alma Marriott (rep Caistor Hillside Bowls Club); Gwen Wilson (rep family); Don and Gwen Bontoft (rep Tom and Anne Searle); Robina King (rep Louis); David King; Denise Crowe; Ron Buffham; Phyllis Hollings (rep Terry and Pat Vann); Robert Hollings; David and Jill Naylor.