Frank McManus has died in hospital at the age of 93, after a short illness. Though a Tuddy and until recently on the Todmorden Town Council, he loved to catch the bus and hang out in the cafes and the library in Hebden. He had a huge circle of friends and an equally large number of causes and interests.
Independent and opinionated to the last, he suffered with his deafness and also in this last year with the lockdowns which he hated as they increased his feelings of isolation.
He was a devout Christian, Anglican, and had been a passionate advocate for women's ordination. When feeling crotchety with his church he'd flee to Hebden Quakers on a Sunday morning.
His death is a great loss to the Valley.
Sunday, 3 January 2021
Frank was a very familiar character around the valley. He lived not far from me and I will always remember him walking up and down the road in his shorts and famous red socks in the summer. He would always greet in a gentlemany fashion, with a slight bow and polite smile. He liked his trips out on the trains and buses and when he was in good health, he was seldom to be found at home. He was funny and very knowledgeable about many things. One of the old school who will be missed by many - a real character.
Sunday, 31 January 2021