Much loved solicitor Timothy Frost loses cancer battle

Timothy Frost MBE
Timothy Frost MBE
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A hugely respected and popular solicitor from Burnley has lost his battle against a rare form of cancer aged just 53.

Mr Timothy Frost, who was awarded the MBE for services to the legal profession in 2008, was diagnosed with granular cell astrocytoma in September 2011.

The second youngest of eight children, Mr Frost attended St John’s RC Primary School, Ivy Street, and St Theodore’s RC Boys High School, before studying law at Newcastle University.

His eldest brother Roger, former Mayor of Burnley, taught Timothy in his first year at St Theodore’s and shares the honour of being an MBE.

Roger said: “Tim dealt with his illness magnificently and continued to work whenever he could.

“He was a very caring person, and I think this came out in his work. His clients all spoke of how he became their friend.

“He lived and worked in the Lakes, where our mother originated from, and loved it there. He always said he wanted to settle there.”

Mr Frost was a partner in the law firm of KJ Commons, which has offices in Workington, Whitehaven and Carlisle.

He became the senior partner of KJ Commons following the murder of colleague Kevin Commons by Derek Bird in the infamous Whitehaven shootings in 2010.

It was during this difficult time that Timothy’s caring nature came to the forefront when he organised counselling for staff at the firm.

Away from work, Timothy enjoyed travelling, cooking and entertaining friends at home.

He also had a keen interest in trains, buses and timetables.

Sister Maria, the youngest of the family, said: “Tim and I were very close although he would torment me as a child. We bickered but we were the best of mates.

“He was very warm-hearted, generous and a very good cook. He had many, many friends.”

Such was Mr Frost’s popularity, his funeral at St Cuthbert’s RC Church, Wigton, where he was a reader, was attended by around 400 people with mourners even stood outside.

Maria added: “We decided it would be best to write our memories of Tim on postcards which were read out at the funeral. He was very much loved and will be very sadly missed.”

Mr Frost leaves partner John McDowell, siblings Roger, Stephen, Isobel, Tony, Pauline, Judith and Maria, as well as many nieces and nephews.

His family plan to dedicate a bench in his memory in his beloved Lake District.