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