Sheffield’s fond farewell to dear ‘owd’ Dave

Dave Froggatt
Dave Froggatt
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An author and poet, well-known for his eccentric charity work in the Killamarsh area, has died at the age of 91.

Dave Froggatt, of Primrose Lane, who ran the Killamarsh Voice magazine for many years and was known fondly by his old poet pseudonym ‘Owd Tup,’ died on April 27 after a short illness.

Over the years, Mr Froggatt raised thousands of pounds for various charities by wearing fancy dress, going rock climbing well into his 80s and even going in the stocks to be pelted with sponges. When St Giles Parish Church in Killamarsh was desperate for funds, Mr Froggatt set up and ran the local charity shop ‘Open All Hours’ and raised about £3,500.

His son Steven, said: “He liked to do things that didn’t benefit him but benefited others. That’s where he got his pleasure from, doing something for somebody else.

“He did it because he wanted to do it, because it gave him pleasure seeing other people getting either getting a laugh from him or what he had raised.”

Mr Froggatt was well-known for his fancy dress and would regularly raise over £1,000 for the annual Poppy Appeal. When Mr Froggatt was granted freedom of Killamarsh, he exercised his right to ‘drive his sheep up the village’ by dressing as a shepherd and carrying a toy sheep up the hill in a pram, to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Steven added: “It was just that he wanted to put a smile on people’s faces. He was never afraid of being laughed at. People could either laugh at him or laugh with him.”

Mr Froggatt’s family collected £400 in donations, in lieu of flowers, for Bluebell Wood.