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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"

Kevin Phillip Vine

Funeral Service

11:15am, Friday
05 August 2016

The service will be held in All Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors followed by cremation at Accrington Crematorium

Kevin Phillip Vine

Music lover

Peacefully in East Lancs Hospice on 29th July 2016 aged 55 years. The much loved husband of Linda, loving son on Beryl and the late John, much loved Dad of Jennifer and Phillip, loving step-Dad of Victoria, Lauren, Andrew and Joshua. Also a much loved grandad, brother and uncle. 

Born in Southampton, Kevin was a director of the family dairy there. One evening in Blackpool Kevin met Linda from Clayton-le-Moors and he moved here eleven years ago. Kevin and Linda married in 2008. Kevin worked as an Operations Manager and also trained as a plumber. He was great fun and loved music and dancing and even installed a disco ball in the kitchen so they could dance whilst cooking. Kevin enjoyed watching Heartbeat and his favourite series, The Darling Buds of May on TV.

Donations in Memory of Kevin to East Lancashire Hospice

George (Joey) Heyworth

Funeral Service

01:00pm, Wednesday
03 August 2016

The Funeral Service will take place at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road, Accrington BB5 6HA

George (Joey) Heyworth

Well Known Roofer

Suddenly at his home on 21st July 2016, Joey aged 67 years of Blackburn formerly of Clayton-le-Moors.  Best friend of Barb, devoted dad to Darren, loved brother of Richard, Michael, Johnny and Mary, also a dear brother in law, uncle and son in law. 

Joey was born in Clayton-le-Moors iand later moved to Blackburn.  He loved going out and socialising, and was often referred to as the life and soul of the party, due to his magnetic personality. Joey had a great sense of humour and a quick wit.  He could also be cheeky, speaking exactly as he thought.  Joey could often be found reading his daily newspaper, the Sun and would always do the crossword.  He loved the sunshine, music and football, especially Burnley Football Club.  He also liked a good political debate.

Flowers will be received at Champ funeral Home at Bank House

George Harold Sumner (1)

Funeral Service

10:15am, Monday
01 August 2016

The funeral service will be celebrated with Fr Martin Dowd in St Charles Borromeo RC Church, Rishton followed by the cremation at Accrington Crematorium

George Harold Sumner

Devoted family man and keen fisherman

Peacefully on 21st July 2016 in hospital with his loving son Peter and daughter in law Lorraine by his side, George aged 88 years of Rishton. The beloved husband of the late Annastasia, a devoted Dad, father in law and loving grandad of Andrew, Laura and Katie and great grandad of James, Harry and Rose. 

George spent most of his working life at Allspeeds in Clayton-le-Moors as a Foreman Engineer and worked part time in a warehouse following his retirement. An avid fisherman, George spent many happy hours trout fishing in Littleborough, Todmorden ensuring a constant supply of fresh trout for his family. He was a loving, generous and proud family man and he loved nothing better than spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. With a house filled with toys and a train track just for them, many happy memories were created as the children were growing up. There was always lots of laughter around George as he delivered his wonderfully told tales with his great humour. In his younger years George enjoyed clay pigeon shooting. He also liked a good crime drama on TV and in the re-runs would be quick to tell you what was going to happen next, taking away the element of surprise! George wil be remembered by his family and friends for his love, warmth and kindess.

Donations in Memory of George on behalf of Kidney Research UK

Desmond Rea

Funeral Service

11:00am, Friday
29 July 2016

A service for Des will be held in St Wulstan's Church, Rushton Street, Great Harwood BB6 7JQ followed by the cremation at Accrington Crematorium

Desmond Rea

Former Ireland and British boxing champ

Desmond Rea  09.01.44 - 21.07.2016

Des passed away peacefully in Belgarth Care Home after a long illness. Born in Belfast, Ireland, to Arthur and Elizabeth Rea, Des was also sibling to Frank, Tony, Anthony, Lorretta, Gloria and Patricia. He was a much loved Dad of Sarah and Nigel and devoted Grandfather also to Ben, Joe, Sam, Shannon, Charlotte and Michael.

Des was best known for his professional boxing career which saw him fight out of Liverpool and then Cardiff. His career saw him fight in many countries worldwide and his most famous achievements included becoming the first to win a british title at junior light-welterweight and later all Ireland champion at welterweight. He went on to fight for a European title and the biggest fight of his career was a world title eliminator fight. His career spanned 10 years as a profesisonal. Following fight retirement, Des and his wife Maureen settled in Great Harwood with their 2 children Sarah and Nigel. Des worked in Accrington at the associated dairy where he made some lifelong friends and his favourite drinking places were the Cross Axes in Great Harwood, The Workingmens club in Rishton and also the Stanley Street Club in Accrington where proudly hangs a large painting of Des. In fact most pubs and clubs in the region had fight pictures proudly displayed, the Workmens in Rishton still has a huge picture of him winning the british title. Later in life Des became a successful property developer and also ran a painting and decorating business.

Donations in Memory of Des to Alzhiemer's Society UK


Baby Theodore Fairclough

Funeral Service

10:15am, Thursday
28 July 2016

A Mass of the Angels will be held for Theodore in St Charles Borromeo RC Church Rishton followed by interment in Great Harwood Cemetery

Baby Theodore Fairclough (Geel)

Little Fighter Pilot

Precious Baby Theodore Fairclough (Geel) fell asleep on 18th July 2016 aged 1 week. The precious and cherished baby son of Caroline and Sam, an adored brother of Jarrid and Lola and a most loved grandson and cousin.

Dear God, creator and designer of the universe and nature, we commend baby Theodore to you. You care for little children and for them in the life to come, in a home where they behold your face. We ask only that Theodore finds another place in your creation where great happiness will be his. For you have said, ‘Let the children come unto me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these’. May our love for Theodore stay all the more with us because you have taken him. Give us the strength to love each other more, and all creation better, because of Theodore. We cherish the memories, the dreams, the hopes which came with his creation.

“May the angels keep Theodore in their hearts in the loving embrace of the universe and may he rest in eternal peace. Amen"

Donations in loving memory to BLISS 

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