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Tributes pour in for NFRN Statesman Peter Stead

We are sad to announce the death of NFRN ‘statesman’ Peter Stead.

Peter, who was 81, died on Friday April 9 after a long illness.

Peter, who ran 18 shops around Wakefield in Yorkshire, served at national and district level.  He was Yorkshire District President twice, a National Councillor, Chairman of the Finance Committee and a National Trustee. As the latter, he was instrumental in the purchase of Yeoman House in London as the Federation’s head office.  For his loyal service, Peter was installed on both the Yorkshire District Roll of Honour and on the National Roll of Honour.

He was a member for more than 40 years and up to last year was attending Yorkshire District meetings.

Paying tribute to Peter, National President Stuart Reddish described him as

“my good friend.”


“He was instrumental in me joining the NFRN and has always supported me and kept me true.”

On being elected National President, Mr Reddish added: “He has always believed in me and I hope to make him proud.”

Fellow Yorkshire district member and a former President Roy Turnbull said:

“Peter was a stalwart of the financial side of the Federation for many years.  His contribution was remarkable. He was a true gentleman.”


A former National President Sam Whiteside said: “Peter was a gentleman and always gave his all for the Federation. Sincere condolences to his family.”

Immediate Past President Mike Mitchelson added:

“I got to know Peter very well during his time as Trustee and National Councillor. One of the Federation’s statesmen. Deepest condolences to his family.”

Peter is survived by his wife Jean, son John and daughter Josie and by three granddaughters.  The Federation’s thoughts are with them at this very sad time.

We have yet to be advised of details of the funeral, although Covid-19 restrictions mean that attendance will be limited to 30 people.

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