Updated: Aug 27
Frank's funeral took place at the Forest of Dean Crematorium on Monday 28th July where many local bandsmen and women lined the road clapping as the Cortege arrived, led by Norman Cassells who carried the Salvation Army flag. Norman is the conductor of the South West Division Fellowship Band where Frank played Eb bass until just recently. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by Rojer Phelps.
"We lost our first love, Dad, aged 84. A true gentleman and family man and life long member of The Salvation Army. He dedicated his life to music, starting a 33 year career as a Bb bass player in the RAF Central Band and retiring as Warrant Officer and Bandmaster. He continued playing Eb bass and repairing brass and woodwind instruments right up until age 83. We are devastated, but so thankful to have had the love, influence and encouragement from such a fine man. Frank Fidler, you are loved beyond measure." - Carol Kear
Frank's wife, Maureen, and the rest of the family would like to thank everyone who attended and sent best wishes.
It is anticipated that a memorial concert will be held at a later date once we are able to go back to banding.
The GBBA offer our condolences to Frank's wife Maureen and all his family.