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Frank Whitehead

Obituary – 1922~2014

It is often said that if you want a job done, ask a busy man. To so many clubs and societies in the Henfield area, Frank Whitehead was that man.

Frank was born in 1922 and was the eldest of six children.

He spent his working life with the GPO, later to become British Telecom, and was Services Manager. He was an active member of the trades union SPOE (Society of Post Office Executives) and travelled as far as Japan as a union representative. He remained a loyal supporter of the Labour party for over 60 years.

After he retired in 1963, he and his wife Josephine decided to move nearer their daughter, Sheila, and settled in Small Dole in 1985. Sadly his wife died in 1990. Frank immersed himself in village life, both in Small Dole and Henfield, bringing boundless enthusiasm and organisational skills to many lucky societies.

He joined Henfield Camera Club and became Secretary in May 1988, only relinquishing the post more than 20 years later due to failing eyesight and increasing deafness. He applied the same enthusiasm, reliability and support to the Small Dole Horticultural Society, where once again he was Secretary. He was a driving force, not only organising committee meetings, issuing check lists and coordinating exhibitors for the society’s main event – ‘The Summer Show’, but would spend up to ten hours attending the show even in his eighties. His stamina was amazing.

For many years Frank was Treasurer for Henfield Hall, working with the same dedication and reliability which he exhibited with all he did. Once again deafness was a major factor which made him give up a job he loved. Other interests included the Fine Arts and Music societies.

Frank was highly independent, only moving from his Small Dole home that he had shared with his beloved Jo when he was no longer able to drive. He moved to Spring Hills in 2009. He continued to look after himself but enjoyed spending time with his daughter Sheila, son in law Roger and his four grand children – Sarah, Nick, Georgina and Harriet.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Frank for his tireless work and support for so many local clubs and societies. We will also miss the friendship of a very caring man.

Franks funeral will be held on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at Findon Crematorium. It was Frank’s wish that any donations be made to the Henfield Lions, c/o Radmalls, High Street, Henfield.


(Frank’s obituary was kindly provided by David Barrett)



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