TRIBUTES have been paid to the former chief executive of the old Northavon District Council. 

Frank Maude sadly died aged 88 in Southmead Hospital on Wednesday, May 8 after months of poor health. 

Fondly known as “Mr Northavon”, Frank was the one and only chief executive officer during the entire lifespan of the once Northavon District Council.

Frank served in the position from 1974 until his retirement in 1996 when the council was abolished and replaced with South Gloucestershire Council. 

During his career Frank was honorary secretary of the Avon branch of the Association of District Councils and was also awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. 

Frank also received the Rhodesia Medal in 1981 after serving with the British contingent supervising the first democratic elections in Zimbabwe.

He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of the West of England in November 1995 for his record of service in local government and for his concern for the people of Northavon and charity work.

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He worked with young people through the scout movement, music and sport for the disabled.  

Frank was also involved with the Rotary Club for many years and Olveston Bowls Club.

Two years after Frank’s wife Brenda died he married Jackie Galloway and they set up home in North Yate. 

He became a member of Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church where he was involved in outreach work and conducted the choir and produced five Christian musicals.

He joined Yate bowls club where they had a successful run and won the League Championship.  

He also bowled for Gloucestershire and was president of the City & County of Bristol Bowls club in 2000 and again in 2014.

During his retirement Frank took the opportunity to travel and enjoyed safaris in Africa and India and visits to Australia to see his daughters Lorraine and Jane and grandson Max.  

Frank’s funeral took place at Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 29.

Frank is survived by his wife Jackie, brother Stan, sons Craig (wife Sarah) and David (wife Gemma), his daughters, grandchildren - Dan, Lucy, Max, Ciara and Kerenza.  

The family say they are very grateful for all the love and support they have received following Frank’s death.