Mr Frank Leslie

FRANK Leslie Shuttleworth Parker has died in Lincoln County Hospital.

He was 84.

Born at The Mill House, Redmile, he was the third of 10 children.

He attended Redmile School and later Melton Mowbray Grammar School.

A married man, he is survived by wife Barbara, and children Nigel, Martin, Julian and Sherry.

During his childhood, he helped around the house and collected milk each day from Plungar on his bike, helped with the newspaper business and also drove the Italian prisoners of war.

Mr Parker was in the Navy for a short time and then went to college at Colwyn Bay. His first full-time job was at the Nottingham Evening Post’s office in Boston and this is where he met Barbara, who he married in 1951 at Boston Stump.

In 1954, Mr Parker joined The Express newspaper and moved to the Lincoln area.

In 1960, the family lived above their confectionery shop and enjoyed family holidays. In the 1970s Mr Parker was promoted by The Express to their Fleet Street office as southern area circulation manager and the family moved to Camberley, in Surrey.

Later on, Mr Parker moved to be books manager at Express Books and during this time was invited to the Queen’s Garden Party and also to Ascot.

He retired, aged 63, but continued as a consultant and moved to Long Bennington, near Newark. Mr Parker played a large part in village life – he canvassed for the Conservative party, was a governor at the school and for many years worked devotedly for the Church.

When the Church magazine was in its infancy, Mr Parker spent many hours putting it together with his usual meticulous detail. Mr Parker was a devoted family man, and he and Barbara enjoyed holidays to Crete and Spain.

The funeral service took place at St. Swithun’s Church, Long Bennington and was followed by burial in the Churchyard. The service was conducted by the Rev Stella Langdon-Davies.

Chief family mourners were: Barbara Parker, Nigel, June and Rebecca Parker, Warren Gell, Julian, Katherine, Arthur and Alice Parker, Sherry, Richard, Lana and Sam Cackett, Bryan Parker, Trevor and Sylvia Parker, Prunella and Keith Simpson, Nicholas and Donna Simpson.

Ian and Clive Parker, Carla and David Bolus, Katie Pitts, Vivienne and Colin Jones.

Unable to attend: Lucy Parker, Maxwell Parker, Anita Parker, Sandra Duczek, Mrs Dorothy Parker and Patricia, Joan Maddison and family, Canada, Roberta and Geoffrey Leng.

Arrangements by William Roberts and Sons.