Book of condolence for former Councillor Fred Yates

Oldham Council is saddened to learn of the death of former Labour Councillor Fred Yates.

Mr Yates served as a councillor for Oldham Borough from 1971-74, and was elected to Chadderton Central for Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in 1974-75, and from 1979 until 1992.

During 1974/75, he was on the Social Services Committee and Environmental Health and Control Committee.   Mr Yates served as Vice Chair of Environmental Health & Control and then later became Chair for 11 years until 1992.  He also served on the Licensing Committee, Industrial Development and the Town Centre Redevelopment.

As well as being a councillor for Oldham, he sat as one for Chadderton UDC.

He as a highly skilled tool maker at Ferrenti’s as well as being a magistrate. He also served in the RAF.

Mr Yates was a founder member of Oldham United Charity and was still serving as Chair until his death. 

In his spare time he was a big music fan and attended the Free Trade Hall regularly. He was also a member of the Oldham Camera club and a very talented photographer, along with being a member of the Oldham Flying club where he built his own model planes including the engines. Lately he had begun to develop a model railway in his front room.

He was a passionate socialist and trade unionist and took an active interest in current affairs. He was modest and unassuming, very interesting to talk to and had many friends across his different issues.

We owe a huge thanks to Mr Yates for all the tireless work he did over the years as a councillor, where he was widely respected.

Due to the current coronavirus lockdown, a book of condolence will be available online only.

Book of condolence for former Councillor Fred Yates

5 thoughts on “Book of condolence for former Councillor Fred Yates

  1. John Battye

    The late Fred Yates was an outstanding Councillor and a great team player . During the late 1980’s Fred was Chairman of the Environment Committee . He was determined to bring about the early introduction of wheelie bin collections for the whole Borough . At that time we were putting a funding package together to build Oldham Sixth Form College . Being a great team player Fred gave up £2m from his committee’s budget towards the construction costs – the rest is history . The college’s success is in no small way due to Fred’s foresight at that time.

    A true gentleman and great company . He led a full life and made a significant contribution to local government in Oldham and Chadderton.
    John Battye DL
    Leader of OMBC 1985- 2000


  2. John Sykes

    I knew Fred very well and served with him on Oldham United Charities.He was a modest man of principle and served Oldham faithfully all his life. We give thanks for his commitment and service.
    Canon John Sykes former Vicar of Oldham


  3. Margaret rudd

    Mr yates (fred) it was my honour to know such a special gentleman as your self you will sadly be missed by all but will always be loved because you touched our hearts R. I. P fred will miss you xx love maggie (cleaner)


  4. Sue Heaton

    …Fred Yates was not only an effective councillor but also a brilliant neighbour…Nothing was any trouble either from a council point of view or being neighbourly….Fantastic guy and my sincere condolences go out to his family and friends xxx…


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