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Please see below our continuously updated list of obituaries in memory of cherished loved ones and information with regards to donations in their memory.  "Ever in our thoughts"

Alice Armitage

Funeral Service

11:00am, Friday
21 April 2017

Alice's Funeral Ceremony followed by Cremation will take place at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road, Accrington BB5 6HA

Alice Armitage

A dearly loved mum, gran & friend

On 8th April 2017 peacefully in hospital with her family by her side, Alice aged 77 years of Oswaldtwistle. The devoted mum of David and Shirley, dear mother-in-law of David, Dee and Ian, cherished gran of James, Rebecca and great grandma of Alfie and a dear friend to many.
A hard working and well respected lady who worked as a weaver in the mills of Oswaldtwistle and Blackburn and spent many years at Edgar Davies’s Primrose Mill and finally retired from Rists Wires Accrington. Alice was an avid reader and always found time each day to settle in to her favourite armchair to read her latest book. A keen gardener who could often be found pruning her garden which always displayed an array of beautiful colour throughout the seasons. Alice always put others before herself and was always keen to lend a helping hand to her many friends and neighbours, she always looked forward to family visits from both her children and grandchildren. Alice will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

William Holden

Funeral Service

11:40am, Thursday
20 April 2017

The service to celebrate Bill's life will take place at Accrington Crematorium led by Civil Funeral Minister Lianna Champ

William Joseph Holden (Bill)

Writer of beautiful poetry

On 8th April 2017 peacefully in Clitheroe Hospital, Bill aged 81 years of Accrington.  

Following his army days Bill worked at Bank Hall Pit as a collier until it closed in 1972.  He then worked for many years as a railway fireman on the main passenger line changing the engines over to diesel and later he also spent time as a supermarket manager for Kwik Save.  Dedicated, Bill was happy to work as many hours as needed.   In his spare time Bill enjoyed sports, and coarse and game fishing with his good friend Ralph Lane and he would look after Ralph's dog and his house when Ralph went on holiday.  He enjoyed his visits to Scotland to see his friend Geoff from his mining days.  Bill also wrote the most beautiful poetry and had travelled to many places in the world.  He liked to keep busy and active and enjoyed being in company.  He loved nature and scenery. Bill will be sadly missed by his family and friends who were so important to him.
Flowers to the Chapel of Rest
Malcolm Horrabin

Funeral Service

12:00pm, Wednesday
19 April 2017

The funeral service to celebrate Malcolm's life will take place at All Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors, led by Toby R Webber, followed by interment at Dill Hall Cemetery

Malcolm William Horrabin

Big Leicester City Fan

On 9th April 2017 suddenly at Royal Blackburn Hospital, Malcolm aged 75 years of Clayton-le-Moors.  The dearly beloved husband of Rosemary, cherished dad of Simon, Michelle and Nicola, devoted and loving grandad, and a dear brother, brother-in-law and uncle.

Malcolm carried out his national service as a driver in the Royal Logistics Corps before studying teaching at the University of Leicester.  He then taught English, Mathematics and Religious Education for many years.  He also spent some time working as a miner. A font of wisdom, there was little Malcolm didn't know.    He was a real whizz at crosswords and could never leave one unfinished. He loved being the centre of attention and would do anything to get it.  It was this love of the limelight that led him to get involved in amateur dramatics and he loved being on the stage.   With his cheeky smile, his wicked sense of humour and a glint in his eye, he was a popular character.  He was the ultimate football fan of his beloved Leicester City Football Club.  Malcolm was also a champion player of darts, cribbage and dominoes.  Malcolm was truly devoted to his wife Rosemary.  May he rest in peace.

Donations in memory of Malcolm on behalf of the Royal British Legion (Clayton-le-Moors Branch)

Brenda Ryan

Funeral Service

11:30am, Tuesday
18 April 2017

Brenda's Funeral Service will take place at Pleasington Crematorium led by Funeral Celebrant Lianna Champ.

Brenda Ryan

Keen gardener

On 1st April 2017 in Hospital Brenda aged 82 years of Oswaldtwistle and formerly of Blackburn. The devoted wife of the late John, much loved mother of Stephen and Paul, dear mother-in-law of Julie and Karen, cherished grandma of Katie, Lucy, Amber and Max and dear sister to Sylvia, Shirley and Raymond.
Brenda started her working life in the mills of Blackburn as weaver and then later gave up work to become a full time mum and housewife following the birth of her two sons. A passionate gardener who always kept her garden immaculate and ensured it bloomed with full colour during the summer months. Brenda was a strong and independent lady who knew what she wanted in life. She enjoyed holidays around Europe with her husband John especially to Austria. A proud Grandma who will be sadly missed by all family and friends.  

Donations in memory of Brenda on behalf of Chemotherapy Endowment Fund MD40
Doris Holland

Funeral Service

12:45pm, Wednesday
12 April 2017

Funeral Service will take place in St Bartholomew's Church, Great Harwood Followed by committal at Accrington Crematorium.

Doris Holland

Former teacher at St Bartholomew's Primary School

Peacefully in Hospital on 3rd April 2017 Doris aged 88 years of Great Harwood. The devoted wife of the late Hartley, loving mum of Barbara and John, dear mother-in-law of Granville and Angela, cherished grandma of Annie, Daniel, Christopher, Rosie and Vikki and great grandma to George and Isla. 
A devoted and passionate primary school teacher Doris taught for over forty years and spent most of them at St Bartholomew’s Great Harwood and became a very well known and respected lady. A life long member of the Church and member of the Mothers Union. A keen gardener who always ensured her cottage garden bloomed with full colour. Doris loved her family and always looked forward to family visits especially from her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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