A long and happy life lived by family man Fred (85)

Fred Steele. (s)
Fred Steele. (s)
Share this article

A popular former Clitheroe estate agent and ex-serviceman has died at the age of 85.

Frederick William Lovat Steele founded FWL Steele Estate Agents in Castlegate, running the business for more than 30 years.

Born on April 21st, 1930, in Barnoldswick, Fred was the eldest of the three children of Fred and Elva Steele.

Boarding school in Kirkby Lonsdale was where Fred’s lifelong love of sport began, and he became an enthusiastic follower of cricket, rugby, cycling and running amongst many others. An avid fan of Burnley Football Club, Fred attended many hundreds of home and away games.

In later years, he completed his National Service with the Navy and spoke very fondly of his time as a mine sweeper in the Norwegian Fjords, often recalling the comradeship and discipline he had enjoyed.

On leaving the Navy, Fred worked in the cotton mills in Nelson and Burnley and around this time, met Elsie at a college dance. Not managing to get her address at the end of the evening, Fred employed some fine detective work and finally met up with her again at the Imperial in Nelson (known as the legendary Nelson Imp). After a short courtship, they married on July 28th, 1953. The union was to last more than 62 years.

Fred and Elsie’s long and happy marriage produced children Fred, Wendy and Shirley, along with seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.