Fine farewell to family man and veteran

Military Association Standards form a guard of honour for Frank Ketterick (below).
Military Association Standards form a guard of honour for Frank Ketterick (below).
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A war veteran was given a fitting farewell at his funeral as the Military Association Standards stood guard for his cortege.

Frank Ketterick died on July 29, just one month shy of his 99th birthday.

Frank Ketterick

Frank Ketterick

The Second World War veteran was honoured with a Union Jack flag over his coffin and a guard of honour from the Military Association Standards.

The last post was also played for the former member of the Royal Signals, during the service at Park Cemetry Chapel in Lytham yesterday.

His daughter Pat, 68, said: “It made us feel really proud to see [the Association Standards] and the coffin draped in the union flag.”

Mr Ketterick was born in Sheffield in August 1914 but he and his mother moved to Blackpool after his father was killed in the First World War.

He had a passion for motorcycles from a young age and took up a job with the Post Office, delivering telegrams on his motorbike.

When the war broke out Mr Ketterick volunteered to be in the Royal Signals, using his motorbike as a dispatch rider.

Pat added: “If you got dad talking about it he was happy to talk about his time in the army, it was wonderful to hear.”

It was at his second job, at what was Bee Bee Biscuits, now Burton’s biscuit factory on Devonshire Road, that he met his wife Doris.

The couple courted for five years before marrying in 1937, having children Pat and Colin, 67, enjoying nearly 75 years of happy marriage before Doris’s death in April 2012, aged 99.

The father-of-two also worked at Hawker Hunter aircraft factory and English Electric before returning to the biscuit factory as a maintenance man.

“He was a very, very capable man. He could do all sorts of DIY jobs around the house. He was a real homebird,” said Pat. Mr Ketterick was “fiercely independent”, said his daughter, and continued to live at his Weymouth Road home, near Stanley Park, after his wife’s death. Mr Ketterick will be remembered as a loving father and independent man by his children, two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two-year-old great-great-grandson.

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