Plea to find family of man who passed away in Walsall hospice

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Mr. Francis lived in Basalt Close, Bentley. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

We seem to have had a lot of appeals in the last twelve months to trace the family of local deceased people – but I make no apology for running another one; these appeals are essential, and I really feel for anyone who passes away alone.

If you’re wondering why we suddenly see a lot of these, Environmental Health at Walsall (as with any authority) have always had a legal duty to trace relatives in such cases, but formerly used classified adverts in local papers. In the last twelve months, they’ve wisely started using social media, too.

Although such appeals are a legal requirement, I’ll always support them and run them; this blog has a large readership now, and someone out there may just unlock a mystery. It must be horrible to lose a parent, sibling or child and not know, whatever the relationship between you. Nobody should ever pass unmourned.

The Department issued the following request:

Local residents are being asked to help with the search for relatives of a recently deceased man.

Environmental health officers are keen to get in touch with any family members of Mr Raymond Francis who passed away in St Giles Hospice, Goscote.

Mr Francis who formerly resided at 1 Basalt Close, Bentley Lane, Walsall was born on 7 November 1947.

Aged 67 when he died Mr Francis’s former occupation is unknown however he is believed to have had a partner that lived in London.

Neil Harris, principal environmental health officer, said: “We would like to pass on our condolences to Mr Francis’s family and friends.

“We would be grateful to hear from any relatives of Mr Francis or anyone who might have helpful information about his family so that they can make proper arrangements for his funeral.

“We appreciate this may be difficult but we encourage anyone with information they think may be useful to get in touch.”

If anyone has any information about Mr Francis’s family they are asked to contact Rebecca Evans in environmental health on 01922 653052.

Thanks in advance. If anyone would prefer no to contact the council directly for whatever reason, email me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot come and I’ll pass any messages on.


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