Funeral Service



Service Details:
A private funeral service and cremation will be held.

William Kenneth Wilson (Billy)

Suddenly at his home Billy aged 66 years of CLayton-le-Moors. The devoted and much loved dad of Paula and the late Christopher, a cherished grandad, loved son of the late Lily and the late William, a dear brother, uncle and good friend to many.

Billy was a well known and loved local character. He was a regular face in the local pubs and clubs where he enjoyed spending time catching with his many friends whilst enjoying a pint. In his younger years, Billy worked as a plater at Machine Fabrications in Clayton. He later worked for Ribble Valley Borough Council as a refuse collector and was always a well liked and popular member of his working team. An avid fisherman, Billy liked loved nothing more than spending some time peacefully fishing away. He was a talented musician and looked forward to getting his guitar out to play a tune.

Please feel free to send a message for the family of Billy and some will be published below the form here.

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MESSAGES for William Kenneth Wilson (Billy)


Stephen Walker

So sorry to hear the lose of Billy may he rest in peace xxxx


Brian Davies

Billy rest in peace mate


Helen and David (Diddy) Blackburn

I met Billy when I started working at the Wellington Pub. We bonded over music. We talked about every sort of genre you can think of. Then I spent several hours downloading music to his mobile lol, for which he was very grateful. I had a lot of time for Billy. David also met Billy through the pub, and started going on the fishing trips with all the gang. Whitby was the favourite. The got on so well together and enjoyed each other’s company and banter. Billy was a great man. We consider ourselves lucky to have known him. Our condolences go out to you all. Keep safe and keep strong.


Simon Hague

We had some great fishing trips over the years , Alderney being the best though when you took guitar off wall and entertained the locals
Rest in peace mate.


John Whelan

Message for William Kenneth Wilson (Billy) a very sad loss to everyone who knew Billy god bless all his family and his many many friends RIP Billy


Kath Monk

Fly high billy.will always remember the laughs we had in the old england forever xxxx


Dave Lewis

Message for William Kenneth Wilson (Billy) RIP Billy was a pleasure to know you.


John and Katie Hart

Aww so sad to hear this news about Billy a really good friend for years we send our condolences to his family and sadly because of the virus we will not be able to attend his funeral, sleep tight Billy xx


Martin Hodgkiss

Billy was a well liked and loved person an always had time for a chat an to tell a good story of times gone buy from his past it was a pleasure knowing him and serving him his favourite pint of John smiths whenever he came in our pub the Old England Forever, you’ll be sadly missed buddy Rip


Billy Willson

Message for William Kenneth Wilson (Billy Rest in peace my old funny friend u might of gone but the memories never will drinking in Albion plus every other pub Sunday afternoon on Mercer park parking Bob dave horan to many to mention the good old days playing frisbee have beer with r Anthony Brindle up there night god bless xxx)


Paul Waddington

Absolute top guy. Albion legend, pool, table football. Pleasure to be with. RIP Billy. Young Waddy.


Cheryl Crockert

Sorry to hear this. Rip Billy. X


Stuart Beech (windows)

Message for William Kenneth Wilson (Billy) we had many an hour putting the world to rights, yet not quite achieving much, your love for the Man Untd of bygone days never ceased to amaze, and your knowledge of the old bands helped in many a quiz R.I.P Billy Bins.


Janet Pothecary

So sorry to hear that another Vol regular Billy Bin has gone too soon.
Billy went on holiday to Turkey with my husband Trevor and being United and England fans they both got England shirts. Everyone was sniggering and they hadn’t noticed that the name on the back said Becham and not Beckham. They were ribbed for ages, but they had a great holiday.
I have lovely memories of chats with Billy and I know he will be missed. Love to the family.


Janet Allanson Nee Davey

RIP Billy. It’s a long time since I last saw you but remember you well. You were certainly a character and I am sure you will be missed. Condolences to Paula and family.


Joe Ball

My first memory of Billy was during a cricket challenge match between The Albion CLM and the Queen’s of Accrington. What a game with a difference that was. Definitely not 11a side and plenty liquid refreshment let’s say during the game. Think Billy may have been captain of the Albion and also the wicket keeper. Was an enthusiastic cricketer as I remember and liked the banter of which there was plenty that day. Sadly missed but always remembered. RIP Billy


Bernie Owen

Sorry to hear of your recent passing. My thoughts & prayers are with your family and loved ones. I remember you from my younger years growing up in Rishton,
as I share a close connection to the family. I know you as Billy, may you sleep easy and rest in peace. Love Bernadette Owen (Nellany) xx


John Yarranton

R.I.P. Billy, so sad you had to go so early, although you’ve gone, the memories will always be there.


Yvonne Allder

Fond memories spent in the Albion and when our children were babies. RIP Billy


Dave Smalley

Worked with Billy at Machine Fabs was a proper nice bloke
Missed working with him had some good laughs
Rest in peace Billy


Cath O’Connor

Rest in peace Billy, look after our Christopher and my. Mum up there, don’t let her lead you astray x lots of memories of when you were my brother in law x



Myself & others at RVBC worked with Billy on the bins.RIP Billy you were a top hard working bloke to work alongside & your dry sense of humour always clicked with me, you were the “salt of the earth” & I will never forget you pal.

Lots of Love, Shaun xx


John Brindle

Knew Billy over 40 years.
Worked with him. Played football with him. Went fishing with him. Played cricket with him.Shared his passion for music.
Had some real laughs from the early days in the Albion to the more recent fishing trips and the usual inquest in the pub following the antics on the trips.
I have never heard a wrong word said about Billy.
I never heard him say one about anyone else.
Sorely missed Billy.
RIP pal such a loss


Linda Boyer (Jones)
I’ve finished life’s chores assigned to me
So put me on a boat headed out to sea
Please send along my fishing pole
For I’ve been invited to the fishin hole

Where every day is a day to fish
To fill your heart with every wish
Don’t worry, or feel sad for me
I’m fishin with the Master of the sea

To all of those that think of me
Be happy as I go out to sea
If others wonder why I’m missin
Just tell em……I’ve gone fishin

God Bless & keep you safe Billy x


Clare Frankland

I remember Billy from being my grandma, Mary Franklands bin man. She use to bake every Thursday to make sure they had a brew and cake whilst working. He was thought fondly off as were his work mates Shaun Warburton and Tony Smith. Even from being a little girl I remember it well….It’s such a sad loss Rip Billy xxxxx


Laura, Phil, Marge and Tony

Brown Cow, Clitheroe

Lovely bloke gone to soon everyone here at the brown cow clitheroe will miss him x for William Kenneth Wilson (Billy)