17th May 2021

Obituary: Frank Wilfred Oliver

Frank Oliver was a passionate trading standards inspector who was proud of his role in protecting the public.

By Susan Oliver

Frank Wilfred Oliver passed his Board of Trade examinations in 1968 and took up a post as a Trading Standards Inspector in Scunthorpe. With the introduction of Humberside County Council he was promoted to Senior Inspector in Hull, where he moved with his family.

In his career he held various roles, including a period as Principal Inspector (Special Section) on a Humberside-wide roving commission from Lord Roberts Road, Beverley. He was Manager of the Hull Office and finished his career as Divisional Officer, Quality Standards in 2000.

Frank Wilfred Oliver

The unending variation in work-a-day tasks included checking a 600-tonne weighbridge, sampling food stuffs, overseeing safe storage of petrol and explosives, supervising factory output of items, meeting thousands of good honest traders and cleaning up some of the car trade.

Frank’s roles included helping contain diseases in farm animals, challenging misleading or false descriptions and advertising, working to provide consumer advice, understanding consumer credit law and spotting and dealing with counterfeit products.

He was instrumental in developing the advisory side of trading standards, taking an active role in training and developing his teams to provide an excellent and well-respected service to the public and traders alike.

The highlights of his career included the satisfaction of standing in Court and leading the prosecution of cheats and thieves. He also enjoyed talking to thousands of listeners on the Radio Humberside phone-ins.

As well as his professional qualifications, Frank studied Steel Manufacturing, Public Administration and Law at Hull University. He spent time coming to grips with National Vocational Qualifications in Management, achieving the full, wide-ranging qualification at Level 5.

Frank died on April 24, leaving his widow Susan, children Lindsay and Stephen and four grandchildren, surviving heart attacks and recent ill health to reach the age of 75.

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