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Tributes paid to a ‘one-off’ dad

A DUNKIRK veteran and former Chief Superintendent of Solihull Police, Frederick Bunting, has died.

A DUNKIRK veteran and former Chief Superintendent of Solihull Police, Frederick Bunting, has died.

The 90-year-old served in the force for 32 years - starting and finishing his career in the borough.

This month, he died of natural causes at Solihull’s Royal Star and Garter home, where he’d been living for 11 months.

Daughter Pam Gibbs described her dad as a “one-off” and said he would be sorely missed by friends and family.

“He was called up to fight in 1939 and was rescued from Dunkirk [the 1940 evacuation of British troops from France].

“Later he saw action in north Africa, Sicily and spent time with the Royal Military Police.”

After leaving the Army, Mr Bunting joined the police force - walking the beat in Olton.

He went on to be stationed all around the county before ending-up with the top job at Solihull.

“No-one else in the family had joined the police, I suppose that he got interested in it when he was in the RMP,” added Pam.

“Over the years he worked all over Warwickshire, but his last role, before he retired, was back in Solihull.”

Mr Bunting, a great grandfather and former Rotarian, retired in 1977.

He had lived in Earlswood and then moved to Dingle Lane, before going to the Star and Garter.

* Mr Bunting’s funeral will take place at St Alphege Church, on February 3 at 2pm.

Family flowers only, but donations to SSAFA can be sent to C Bastock, 67-71, Warwick Road, Olton.

 

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