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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"

Stephen George Brown

Funeral Service

01:45pm, Tuesday
02 May 2017

The service to celebrate Stephen's life will take place at Hope Church, Watson Street, Oswaldtwistle BB5 3HH followed by private committal

Stephen George Brown

Devoted husband, dad, son and brother

On 18th April 2017 suddenly in hospital, Stephen aged 57 years of Great Harwood, formerly of Blackburn.  Loving husband of Gail, devoted dad of Abigail, much loved son of June and Keith, loved brother of Deborah and Michael, a loving son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, respected colleague and a dear friend to many.  

Stephen spent a successful career in Manufacturing, specialising in Quality Management. Throughout his career he held several senior leadership roles, most recently as a Director at Air Filtration Solutions Ltd and Medical Filtration Solutions Ltd, both being companies that he'd helped to start.  He played football, cricket, crown green bowling and later golf.  He had a great sense of humour .  He threw himself into life and thoroughly enjoyed the company of others.  Growing up he attended the Church of the Saviour, Blackburn, working his way up from the boys brigade to leader of the youth group.  He was a loving, generous and caring husband and father and his family was the most important thing in the world.  One of his strongest characterisitics was his happiness and his integrity. He loved travelling and also had an insatiable thirst for knowledge.  He will be remembered for his ready smile and happy personality.

Donations are being recieved to raise funds for a defibrillator (PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO CATHERINE GAIL BROWN) c/o Champ Funeral Services

David Gardner

Funeral Service

01:45pm, Friday
28 April 2017

David's funeral will take place at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Rishton followed by cremation at Accrington Crematorium

David Gardner (Dave)

Much loved and devoted husband

On 12th April 2017 suddenly in hospital, David aged 66 years of Rishton.  He leaves his much loved and devoted wife Joan and all her family.  

David was a HGV driver for Crown Paints for many years as well as various other haulage companies and he then went on to work as a wide / heavy load escort.  He was an amazing showman and spent a lot of his spare time breeding and showing shire horses and judging at shows.  David shared this hobby with his wife Joan and together they also made many friends throughout the country.  They also loved spending time in Devon and Cornwall, and especially enjoyed family time together.

Please wear something bright to celebrate David's life.

Family flowers only by request and Donations in memory of David on behalf of the British Heart Foundation

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)

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