Tributes paid after death of popular Chapel Allerton stalwart

Tributes have been paid after the death of a popular community stalwart.

By Daniel Sheridan
Friday, 24th December 2021, 4:45 am

Frank Whitelow was a long standing member of the Chapel Allerton community.

He lived in Chapel Allerton all of his life and is a former RAF and Yorkshire Evening Post employee.

Frank was adored by staff at the local Co-Op store which he frequented.

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Photo of Frank and staff at recent opening of refurbished Chapel Allerton Co-op: left to right: Lee Bayley (manager), Karen James, Frank Whitelow (official opener), Jennie Rawnsley, and Betty Korozs (deputy manager).

He was "the obvious choice" to be invited to officially open the refurbished store recently.

Frank met Sheila, the love of his life, on a bus from Chapel Allerton into Leeds city centre and they had 60 years of happy marriage.After being reunited during the Covid pandemic, Frank said holding her hand once more was like “winning the lottery”.

Sheila died in May of this year.

Another local co-op customer, Michael McGowan, who was Education Officer for the former Leeds Co-operative Society, said: "Frank has not been well for several months but struggled to get to the Co-op each day.

"The Co-op staff thought the world of Frank and he was regularly taken back home from the Co-op by Jennie Rawnsley, a young member of staff, who described him as her friend."

Frank's well attended funeral took place on December 22 in Lawnswood.

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