Fred’s love of life and family

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A FORMER Scarborough policeman and coroner’s officer has died at the age of 83.

Albert Frederick Mayes, better known as Fred Mayes, was best known for his love of life and being a family man.

His daughter Heather Drew said he was very proud of his seven children, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Although born in Dormanstown, Cleveland, Mr Mayes regarded himself very much a Scarborian and went to Friarage School and the Graham Sea Training School in the town.

After a number of jobs in Scarborough, including a spell at the South Bay Pool, he joined the Royal Navy in 1946 and became an air mechanic, first class.

In 1952 he joined the police and served at Thornaby and Easingwold before coming back to Scarborough as a beat policeman in 1964.

He worked in the prosecutions department and the Scarborough sub-divisional office before taking on the job of coroner’s officer.

After taking early retirement from the police force, Mr Mayes became a lifeguard at Scarborough’s South Bay to continue helping those in need.

He once described himself as being a “student of old Hollywood” and his great passion for the arts, especially films was clear from his collection of more than 600 books on films, theatre and music which he kept in his special library.

He was also well known in the town as being a founder member of Scarborough’s Phoenix Drama Club and performed on the stage many times.

Sport was another love of Mr Mayes who was an avid fan of Middlesbrough football club and often played snooker for the police force.

His other hobbies included playing dominos and taking part in pub quizzes. His general knowledge was put to the test when he appeared on the popular Channel 4 show ‘Fifteen to One’.

Mrs Drew spoke of her father’s vitality and enthusiasm, saying: “He was a family man, who loved to be the centre of attention and to take centre stage. He loved parties and was a great, fun loving man who was well loved by all who knew him.”

A funeral service will be held on Friday January 21 at 1:20pm at the Woodlands Crematorium. Friends and colleagues are invited to both the service and The Duchess afterwards.