Obituary: Frank Hall 1927 – 2008
“A safe pair of hands”
(Rollestonian Article - Summer 2008)

Frank was born in Bolton but spent his early life in Shrewsbury where he went to the Priory Grammar School. As the 7th child in a large family he left school after matriculation to become articled to a chartered accountant.

Like many of his generation, Frank was called-up for National Service but on becoming diabetic returned to his studies and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1950

Frank had a life-long love of singing and was a chorister from the age of 7. He met his wife Ann through a church choir; they moved to Burton in 1955 and then to Rolleston, with their 3 children – Christopher, Susan and Beverley, in 1963.

Frank and Ann were immediately immersed in the local community. Frank joined Rolleston Choral Society where he was Treasurer for many years and one time, President. He was a Rotarian, member of the Conservative Club, and a founder member, Treasurer and President of Burton Wine Society.

For over 60 years Frank was a diabetic. He played a key part in founding the Burton branch of the Diabetic Association, also taking on the role of Treasurer. He also acted as an unofficial helpline; newly diagnosed diabetics and parents in the village would call on him for advice freely given.

Within Rolleston, Frank was a Parish Councillor for over 30 years including time as Chairman. He was an Almshouse trustee and member of the Church choir.

Frank also became either treasurer or auditor of almost everything that happened in the village. As he courageously faced increasing infirmity he regarded these duties as the best way that he could participate in village affairs and maintain contact with friends and village activities. There was always someone walking in or out of 45 Church Road with a clutch of ledgers (many were what Ann called “Frank’s Ladies”!). But Frank was no soft touch! With his genuine patience and friendly advice for any poor, co-opted book-keeper, Rolleston organisations must have had the best sets of accounts in the County.

Frank was Rolleston’s “safe pair of hands” and will be missed by many.

We send our sympathy to Frank’s wife, Ann and family

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