A funeral service was held at the East Riding Crematorium on Monday, 28th January 28 for Mr Frank Blakey, who died peacefully at Glenfield Rest Home, Driffield, on January 17. He was 93.
The service was conducted by the Rev Robert Amos (Frank’s son in law) & the organist was Mr Raymond Smith (family friend).
Frank was born in Crigglestone near Wakefield on 28th December, 1919 where he grew up as one of seven children. After leaving school he became an apprentice joiner, but at the start of World War 2 was called up to serve in the Royal Engineers, where he was pleased to serve with lads from Hull and the East Riding. He served in North Africa, El Alamein and Italy.
On His return he married his childhood sweetheart Catherine Wilkinson on September 5th, 1945. They were married for 49 years until Catherine’s death in 1995. Frank then went to live with his daughter Catherine & son in law Robert for 13 years until he moved into Glenfield Care Home.
Frank became a well known Funeral Director in the Wakefield Area.
Family mourners: Mrs Kathryn Amos & Revd Robert Amos (daughter & son in law), James Amos (grandson), Charlotte & Ian Payne (granddaughter & husband).
Extended family: Stuart & Alice Blakey,Peter Blakey, Nicky Blakey, John White, Brian White, Alan & Sylvia Thomas,Jeff Rhodes,Diane Rhodes, Ashley & ClaireWard rep Joyce & David Ward & Stan & Jennifer Holey,Doreen & Michael Nuttall, Irene Wilkinson, June Whittaker, John Sandall, Pat & Trevor Hughes, Val & Ray Illingworth, Steven & Maureen Amos, Clare & Roger Cheetham, Natasha Cheetham, Joanne Hayes, Sarah-Jayne Amos, Tom Gladwinfield.
Others present: Harry & Pat Chaplin, Mr & Mrs Wilfred Train rep Beeford Chapel, Christine Rookes & Tina McRitchie, Maurice & Heather Young, Richard & Lesley Mole, Mrs Ann Bricklebank, Malcolm Craggs rep Grace Craggs, George Buck rep Kathleen Buck & Elizabeth Bentley, Mary & Keith Russell rep Angela Train, Eric Littlefair, Ann & William Wilkinson, Olga Ewbank rep Sarah Atkin & Rita Walker, Alison Carroll & Tony Backhouse rep Staff at Glenfield Nursing Home & Mr & Mrs Birmingham, Peter & Margaret Grant, Dorothy Mountain, Mr & Mrs B Wilson rep Wetwang Chapel, Raymond Moseley rep Diana Mosley & Elsie Lomax, Denise Waddington, Trish Smith, Mike Oxtoby rep Anita Oxtoby, Diane Newlove & Paul Medforth, Ross Weekes, Tom & Eileen Walker, Philip & Diana Dews, Keith & Beverley Wainwright, Emma Rogers and Jeremy Sykes.