Frank Neaves

The following obituary first appeared in the March 1998 issue of the Orwell Bulletin

Mr Neaves, whose funeral took place on February 20th, is believed to have been the oldest native Orwell man still living in the village.   Born in Well Cottage, High Street, the son of another native Orwellian, he spent his whole life here, apart from the war years.   

Frank attended the local school, going on to work for Cyril Miller at Grove Farm.   He served right through the Second World War as ground crew in the RAF and, after being “demobbed”, found like many others here that agricultural wages were inadequate for maintaining a large family. He therefore went to work for the Atlas Stone Company at Whaddon and remained there until retirement.  

In the 1930s Frank was a keen footballer and his face appears on many Orwell Football team photos of those years.   After the war he kept up his involvement with the team as a linesman, until ill health ended his footballing days.  He nevertheless maintained a keen interest in sport.   Frank’s wife, Eva, predeceased him in August 1995, but he leaves behind a large family, many of whom still live locally.   Our sympathies are with them at this time.

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