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Obituary: Freda Tweedale (née Smith)

Article Date: 2016-11-09

Obituary, 9th November 2016

Freda Tweedale (née Smith)

9thDecember 1938 – 24th October 2016


Freda Tweedale (née Smith), who was founder and co-director of The Elite Fish & Chip Company, passed away peacefully on Monday 24th October.

Born in Ripponden, West Yorkshire to Fred and Maud Smith, Freda grew up in the village and nearby Halifax.

She was married to David Edward Tweedale in 1959 at Thornfield Methodist Church in Greetland. Freda was an integral part of the Elite and started the company with her husband in 1972. After beginning in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, the family firm subsequently moved to Lincolnshire, expanded to three restaurants and four takeaways and is now overseen by Freda’s son Adrian, his wife Donna and Freda’s granddaughter Rachel.

Freda is survived by her husband David, three sons Adrian, Simon and Stuart, grandchildren David, Stephen, Daniel, Amy, Mark, Rachel, Lauren, Georgia and Charley and her two great grandchildren Dexter and Florence.

Freda greatly enjoyed dancing with her husband David, taking part in competitions in ballroom, Latin and rock and roll styles across the country.

Adrian said: "My mother was an inspiration and was an incredibly dedicated woman. We wouldn’t be where we are today as a company without her hard work.

"She will be greatly missed by family and friends alike as well as those who got to know her through the trade and her work with the National Federation of Fish Friers.”

Granddaughter Rachel said:"My grandmother was always front of house in our restaurants, talking to customers and getting to know the people in our local community. She set the standard for what we try to achieve in terms of customer service, always going above and beyond.”

Freda Tweedale’s funeral will take place at 1.30pm on 14th November 2016 at All Saints’ Church, Ruskington, NG34 9EH with a cremation at Lincoln Crematorium, Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF at 2.30pm.

The Tweedale family has requested family flowers only and for any donations to be made to Parkinson’s UK.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Phillips Funeral Service, Ruskington.

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