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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"

Irene Bashall

Funeral Service

10:45am, Friday
06 January 2017

Irene's funeral service will take place at the Chapel of Rest, Champ Funeral Services, Bank House, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, BB5 5DY followed by interment at Dill Hall Cemetery, Dill Hall Lane, Church BB5 4DL

Irene Bashall

Much loved auntie and friend

On 22nd December 2016 suddenly in hospital, Irene of Accrington, aged 85 years, passed away peacefully with family by her side.

The devoted and much loved wife of the late Robert (Bob), cherished auntie of Colette and Anne, dear great-auntie to Rachel, Luke, Andrew and Michael, also a dear great-great-auntie of Nathalie, Daniel, Stacey, Taliah and Jake, great-great-great auntie to Isla and much loved sister to the late Emmie.

Irene worked many years at GEC in Clayton-le-Moors with her sister and went on to work as a weaver at Giron Frieres.  In her younger years Irene worked as a barmaid and ran Baxenden Conservative Club for a short time with her husband.  

Irene enjoyed holidays with her husband Bob and friends, travelling to the Isle of Man, Scarborough and the South Coast.  Irene then spent many years caring for her late and much loved mother Deborah who lived with Irene and Bob for around 40 years.

Irene loved to crochet and enjoyed knitting and although she had no children of her own, these skills were put to good use as she loved making clothes and blankets for family and friends as babies came along.  Another favourite pastime was watching films and tv crime dramas, a favourite of Irene's was CSI but her favourite actor was Steven Seagal and she saw all of his films many times.

Irene loved the visits that she had from family especially those all the way from Australia and these created special memories for her.

She will be deeply missed and the family would like express heartfelt thanks to Stephen, Jeanette and Lee for their care and freindship shown over the last few months.

Flowers welcome or Donations in memory of Irene on behalf of Derian House Children's Hospice

Howard Clark

Funeral Service

01:45pm, Wednesday
04 January 2017

The service will take place in all Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors followed by the interment at Dill Hall Cemetery with Revd Toby Webber officiating

Howard Clark

Keen fisherman

On 25th December peacefully in hospital Howard aged 57 years of Church, Accrington. The dearly loved husband of the late Mags, loving Dad of Rebecca, Samantha, Jeanette, Stephanie, Michelle, Emma and Andrew, also a dear father in law, grandad, great grandad, loving brother, brother in law and uncle. 

Howard started out as a butcher before finding his niche as a engineer working for many years at TPM in Oswaldtwistle. He then moved to Duralay (Interfloor) where he worked as the Maintenance Manager. Howard was very hardworking and committed to his job. Working hard to provide for his extending family. Blessed with a happy disposition, Howard never let anything be sombre and found the humour and laughter in each situation. He was naturally funny and could never be serious, spreading his happiness like a warm blanket. He loved listening to the band UB40. He was also an avid fisherman and loved his times spent fishing with his adored wife Mags. Howard also spent many happy times at his caravan in Blackpool. He enjoyed socialising and loved winding down wth a pint of lager at home at the end of each day. 

Donations in Memory of Howard to East Lancashire Hospice

Frank Towler

Funeral Service

02:20pm, Thursday
29 December 2016

The service and cremation to give thanks for Frank's life will take place at Accrington Crematorium with Revd Carolyn Woodcock officiating

Frank Towler

Talented Crown Green Bowler

On 18th December 2016 peacefully in East Lancashire Hospice, Frank aged 90 years of Huncoat.  The dearly beloved husband of the late Lottie, much loved dad of Olwyn and son-in-law Philip, and proud grandad of Duncan and Faith, Bevan and Louise, and doting great-grandad of Evie, Esme, Jack and Pickle, and a dear friend of Jean.

Frank served in the Royal Navy, stationed in Plymouth for 4 years, and then spent several years at Rishton Paper Mills before working on the yard wagons for the National Coal Board at Huncoat Colliery. Prior to his retirement, Frank worked at Finch Watsons in Accrington as a production foreman.  Frank was very active on his beloved allotment for over 40 years where he grew vegetables and flowers and also kept pigs, turkeys and chickens. Christmas was always a busy time of year. Frank would pluck the turkeys and bring them all home to be sold. He loved his dogs too - Sheila the German Shepherd, Bobbie the naughty Terrier and Winnie the Boxer.  He also enjoyed playing dominoes and was a talented Crown Green Bowler winning many trophies. A member of Burnley Road Bowling Club, Frank enjoyed socialising, he also loved watching all sports on TV and would read his daily newspaper cover to cover.  Frank was also rather partial to Fox's Glacier Mints which he loved to share with others. He was a proud and doting family man.

Donations in memory of Frank on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice and Royal Naval Patrol Services

Ian Leaver

Funeral Service

10:30am, Friday
23 December 2016

The Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the Church of St. Mary's, Devonshire Drive, Clayton-le-Moors led by Father A Clarke. Ian will then be laid to rest with his beloved wife at St. John's Cemetery Padiham

Ian Lewis Bernard Leaver

Lifelong devoted member of St. Mary's Church

On 15 December 2016 peacefully at his home 'Fortified By The Rites of Holy Mother Church' Ian aged 76 years of Clayton-le-Moors.  The dearly beloved husband of the late Marie, much loved dad, grandad, brother, brother-in-law and uncle.

Ian worked as a toolmaker in the family business Cherilea Toys in Blackpool and he retired as Managing Director of Triang Toys in Manchester.  Ian had been a lifelong devoted member of St. Mary's Church in Clayton-le-Moors where he led the choir and loved singing. Ian also painted the Church interior and created the parish hall as well as restoring the burial ground. Foundation Governor of St. Mary's School and Clerk to the Governors, Ian was dynamic and committed to everything he did. He also chaired the School Appeal Panels in Lancashire, Liverpool and Greater Manchester until the age of 73 and had been voluntary worker with Prospects. In his earlier years, Ian was a retained fire fighter at Kirkham. A real home bird, he adored his garden and he found much pleasure gardening and was a member of Clayton-le-Moors Horticultural Society, chairing the WEA, organising many trips to lovely gardens and stately homes. Ian's work had taken him all over the world and he and Marie had also enjpyed wonderful holidays to far flung destinations, his favourites being Japan and Egypt. He loved the sunshine and his golden heart was massive. A popular and well respected gentle man, Ian was a man of principle and compassion and he was loved and respected by all. Requiescat in Pace.


Donations in memory of Ian on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice

Hilda Pritchard

Funeral Service

01:40pm, Thursday
22 December 2016

Hilda's funeral service with cremation will take place at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road, Accrington BB5 6HA

Hilda Pritchard

Well known local lady

On 9th December 2016 peacefully in hospital, Hilda aged 79 years of Clayton-le-Moors.  The dearly loved wife of the late Fred, much loved mum of Linda and the late Sandra, loving mother-in-law of Stephen and Stephen, loving grandma of Nikki and Gareth, great-grandma of Mia and dear sister of Bill and the late Winifred, Jim and George and also a dear auntie.

Hilda working life was spent at Hambledon Mill in Accrington and also at Noels factory in Stanhill and worked a variety of jobs until her retirment. Family holidays were much enjoyed in Great Yarmouth.  Hilda doted on her dog Hannah, a miniature Schnautzer, and particularly enjoyed their times spent in the park. Hilda was an avid reader of novels and she also enjoyed watching the soaps on TV and having the odd flutter on the horses.  She also loved listening to the songs of Elvis Presley. A very warm and friendly lady, Hilda had a great sense of humour and was always happy and smiling. Well known locally, she would chat to eveyone.

Donations in memory of Hilda on behalf of IFAW

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