Frank Coombes sadly passed away on Tuesday, August 13, with his loving family by his side – Liz, Matt and Ben – after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
He lived in Barford St Martin, and from diagnosis, he managed an amazing 13 months. He saw his son Matthew become a father, and he had the chance to see his granddaughter, Amberli, reach one year old, start walking and say ‘Grandad’.
Frank had the thrill of Ben receiving his cricket awards and watching England win the Cricket World Cup.
Frank had many roles in the local community: Dinton cricket club player for more than 40 years and chairman for 15 years. He was Dinton’s RFC President, committee member of Dinton Recreational Ground and Barford Fete: Royal British Legion member, and chairman of Barford Parish Council for many years. Frank also helped raise thousands of pounds for charity by organising cricket matches.
In 2008, Frank won an award for ‘outstanding service to cricket lifetime achiever’, and for his dedicated community work ‘Wiltshire Life Local Hero 2019’.Described by many as a kind, generous man and the definition of a true gentleman, he will missed by many.