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Tributes to beloved Hadleigh character

PUBLISHED: 10:52 08 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:18 03 March 2010

FRANK Willis-Betts, a well-known figure from Hadleigh and author of a book on memories of the town has died.

The 86-year-old worked for the Hadleigh office of law firm Gotelee and Goldsmith all his working life, retiring in the mid-1980s.

FRANK Willis-Betts, a well-known figure from Hadleigh and author of a book on memories of the town has died.

The 86-year-old worked for the Hadleigh office of law firm Gotelee and Goldsmith all his working life, retiring in the mid-1980s.

Peter Crix, a former colleague and now the group's managing partner, said he had fond memories of the man whose job he took over in Hadleigh.

"I worked with him for the best part of ten years. He was a real character and a loyal member of the firm for many years," he added

Mr Willis-Betts was born in Hadleigh in 1915 and he recorded his memories in the book he published last year, called Would You Believe It?.

Mr Bloomfield described Mr Willis-Betts as a stalwart of the St Mary's Church choir and a bellringer before he went on to become choirmaster at St Mary's Church in Bildeston.

Mr Willis-Betts leaves a wife Sylvia and children John, Hazel, Susan, Andrew and Michael.

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