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Frank's death at the age of 93 came only 13 days after his beloved wife, Mary, who was the same age, passed away following a short illness. The couple, of Gisborne Crescent, Allestree, would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary later this month.

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As a huge fan of Clough, Frank was disappointed to see him leave his roles at Derby and Leeds and, like most Rams supporters, was also a tad saddened when he joined local rivals Nottingham Forest.

invited him to be his guest of honour at any Nottingham Forest match of his choosing. Clough said to him, 'pick a match and come and sit in the director's box' but Dad never took him up on it."

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Frank enjoyed an illustrious gardening career and John and Andrew said that one particular highlight came when the Queen Mother visited Derby in 1971.

A display of red and pink geraniums on the steps of the Council House caught the royal figure's eye so much so, she requested the same flowers be planted in her garden at Clarence House.

A year after his retirement, Frank was made a Member of the British Empire for services to horticulture.

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After serving as assistant director of parks at Sheffield, he came to Derby as director of parks in January 1961 a role in which he remained until retiring 22 years later.

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WHEN Frank Constable was asked to offer his expertise on Derby County's pitch during the Brian Clough era, the avid gardener and Rams fan was happy to oblige.

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But Frank, who has just died, aged 93, might as well have saved his breath.

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When he retired in 1983, an editorial published in the Derby Evening Telegraph says Frank had helped shape how Derby looked.

"More about Frank is in order because, after the planning and housing supremos, he has made his mark on the physical appearance of Derby probably more than any other man in the last 22 years."

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After taking Derby County to the Division One title, Clough famously quit the Rams in 1973 and a year later joined Leeds United, where his unpopularity with players meant he lasted only 44 days.

´╗┐Brian Clough and Queen Mother were big fans of Derby gardener Frank Constable

"I don't think he wanted to contemplate life without her," said John.

John said that his father was well liked by his staff in the parks department.

Speaking to the Derby Evening Telegraph in 2002, Frank recalled the visit and said it was among the proudest moments of his life.

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Rather than heeding Frank's tips on keeping the Baseball Ground pitch green, Clough instead drenched it with water to make it muddy, as he wanted to hinder opposition teams.

John and Andrew said their dad suffered a heart attack just three days after Mary died.

Frank's career started in the august surroundings of Chatsworth, where he spent two years as an apprentice before landing a scholarship at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, Nike Air Vapormax Pink London.

Rather than be offended, the modest and highly respected Frank remained a huge fan of Clough, even when the legendary manager joined Derby's arch rivals, Leeds United.

Andrew said: "After Clough joined Forest, Dad bumped into Clough one day Nike Air Vapormax Hypebeast

He said: "What people liked about Dad was he hadn't come from university and gone straight in at the top.

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The article reads: "Frank Constable, the man who put Derby on the map with brilliant town centre floral displays, retires at the end of the month as chief parks officer.

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Under Frank's direction, the parks department at Derby developed almost beyond recognition.

and I sent some on behalf of the council," Frank said. "She had chosen very well. The variety was called Regina. I'm very proud of the small part I played in the Queen Mother's visit."

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