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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"

Rita Audrey Grimshaw

Funeral Service

03:00pm, Friday
06 January 2017

The funeral service to celebrate Rita's life followed by cremation will take place at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road, Accrington BB5 6HA led by Civil Funeral Celebrant Lianna Champ.

Rita Audrey Grimshaw

Former Miss Mullards

On 22nd December 2016 suddenly at her home Rita aged 74 years of Clayton-le-Moors.  Much loved mum of Colin, Carol, Christine, Catherine, Christopher, dear mother-in-law and cherished nanna and loving great-grandma, and special friend to the late Eric Chamley, dearly loved sister of Lionel, Toni, Colin, Jane and also a much loved relative and friend to many.

In her younger years Rita worked at Mullards won the title Miss Mullards.  She later worked at Glistens, as a supervisor, from where she retired early.  Rita enjoyed power boat racing and was involved in the rescue team.  She also loved watching Formula One racing. She was an avid reader of historical books and crime thrillers and she enjoyed watching the tv and listening to classical music.  Rita had her first tattoo and her ears pierced at the age of 60.  In her younger years Rita enjoyed taking annual holidays in Blackpool and later in life she liked to travel abroad to Spain and Turkey.   In her spare time, Rita could often be found knitting children's clothes and school jumpers and even taught her grandchildren to knit.  She doted on her grandchildren and looked forward to her family get togethers.  A lovely lady who always put others first.  

No black clothes by family request. 

Donations in memory of Rita on behalf of the British Heart Foundation


Hilda Thompson

Funeral Service

12:20pm, Friday
06 January 2017

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

Hilda Thompson

Devoted family lady

Peacefully surrounded by her loving family on 29th December 2016 Hilda aged 100 years formerly of Great Harwood.  The devoted wife of the late Wilfred, loving mum of the late Barrie and Stella, cherished nan of Susan and Ian, very special great-nanna to Ian, Bernadette, Jack, Beth, great-great-nanna to Alfie, and a special person to Rob, Colin and June and a dear relative to many.

Having been a District Nurse around the Hyndburn area, Hilda was a popular and well-known face.  She loved her work and was most devoted to her patients.  Even when she retired, she continued to care for her friends and family right to the end.  Hilda was a devoted family lady who helped in any way she could to support them and make their lives easier.  She would prepare family meals whilst they ran the family farm. Hilda was also a proud nanna and great-nanna.  Her life revolved around her family and she always looked forward to family celebrations .  She had a great appetite for both food and life and loved to entertain with her many tales.

Family flowers only and Donations in memory of Hilda on behalf of Epilepsy Society and East Lancashire Hospice

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

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