Frank Nowel

It is with great sadness that Carlton Brass announce the death of Frank Nowel. He was one of the longest-standing members of the band organisation (66 years man and boy) and he will be greatly missed by everyone.

His good friend Fred Straw has written an eulogy:

Frank lived in Netherfield, Carlton and, finally, Gedling practically his whole life. He left school at 14 years of age and began a 7 year apprenticeship on the fitting staff at Colwick Motive Power Depot. Since 1902 men at Colwick had, in their spare time, formed a brass band called the Netherfield Railwaymen’s Silver Band.

In October 1947 Frank had been taking lessons with Mr Jack Baldwin, a well-known and respected music teacher in Netherfield. He was welcomed into the band which had been reformed in 1946 after WWII. Quite a number of bandsmen had been lost in the conflict.

Frank developed and became a typical bandsman. He wold do anything asked of him and many jobs without being asked. He had a lovely nature, always ready to laugh. He would move onto any Bb valve instrument if required, from cornet down to BBb bass. He was a Trustee and a life member – otherwise he shied away from holding any other official positions.

Frank was very generous, especially to his friends. For example, if anyone needed a small washer or perhaps a vacuum cleaner part his response was usually “do you know, I might just have one of those”. He nearly always had and would give it to you.

When Colwick Motive Power was closed down in the late 1960s Frank obtained a position at the Colwick Sugar Beet factory and became a foreman responsible for the ladies working on the machines. He also repaired and maintained the machines when required. This just suited him as he always got on well with the ladies.

Eventually the sugar factory closed and Frank found another job at Broadbents, a company based in Colwick who supplied and maintained steam washing and cleaning equipment. Soon after getting familiar with the machines Frank was supplied with a small van and became a travelling trouble shooter, visiting farms, garages and businesses throughout a large area of the country.

Finally, Frank was also a very private person and although he was in pain at times he never made a big issue of it. His only comment would be: “I don’t know what I would have done without Sonia [his only child] – she’s been so good to me.”

Towards the end we believe he died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Tues 9th March

Fred Straw, friend for 66 years

Posted in Band News.

5 Comments

  1. It is very sad to hear Frank has passed away, he was one of the nicest people I had pleasure to meet during my time at Carlton Brass. He was always so happy and cheerful with that cheeky glint in his eye.
    I have fond memories of him accompanying Carlton and NCT bands on Whit Friday march contests, helping me whilst I struggled with my Bass strap, yet never spilling his pint of beer. My sincerest condolences to Franks family and to Fred and Ken his lifelong friends (The Three Omigo’s. John Wilson_

  2. Very sad to hear this news. We have very fond memories of Frank. He was always there to help. Nothing was too much trouble for him.

    Frank: Rest in peace! we will never forget you. We will have a beer to toast on you!

    Wouter & Pauline

  3. This is dreadful news and very sad indeed. Frank was a class act and committed to the cause. I remember the mass decoration of the NCT/Carlton bandroom and Frank was the first there with his brush in his hand.

    He will be missed by all in the Carlton organisation I am sure

  4. It’s always sad when you lose a friend. Frank must have worked in the packeting plant at the sugar factory. I joined the sugar factory in 1961 and became a shift chemist and stayed until it closed. I used to visit the packeting plant on a regular basis and pretty sure i would have known him. RIP Frank

    Regards Roy

  5. Me and Frank, since 1936 when my family moved to Ramsdale road we becamme friends, went to school together,played together and as teenagers hung out together only seperated by my time in the Navy , ondemob the friendship continued untill Frank met Mavis but we still maintained a good and reliable best pal situation brokenwhen I left to work on power stations,although we only met occasionaly after that my feeling of loss is very personal and deep.
    Goodbye my Friend
    John

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