Funeral Service



Service Details:
Due to current restrictions a private family funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium chapel followed by Interment in Accrington Cemetery.

Andrew John Walmsley

Aged 79 years of Accrington suddenly passed away in hospital with his family by his side on Tuesday 20th October 2020.
He will be sadly missed by his mother Edna, wife Anita, sons Christopher,  Stephen and Nicholas, daughter in-laws Aprilla and Nicola, grandchildren Jack, Finn, Freddie and Alice, sisters Adrienne and Alyson, brothers in-law Shigé and Stephen, sister in-law Anita and niece and nephew Andrea and Anthony.

Originally from Great Harwood, he worked as an aircraft fitter at British Aerospace for many years before retiring 20 years ago. He had a passion for restoring classic motorbikes which he inherited from his late father Clifford and was an active member of the Vintage Motorcycle Club.

Andrew was a true family man who was loved by all that knew him and will be greatly missed.

Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Andrew are being greatly received on behalf of The Christie Charitable Fund. To make a donation please click the ‘Make a Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.


Please feel free to leave a message for Andrew’s online memorial book by completing the form below.

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MESSAGES for the family of Andrew John Walmsley



We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.Love Donna, Ian, Jasmine and Jed.


Roger Fox

Sorry to hear this so sad news from Louise.I have wonderful memories, let me say funny memories,I can also say my mum and dad loved you to bits. Langho Hillcrest Road memories. My mum and dad seemed to have such a laugh with you both. Please remember these memories they are special. Love to all the family and I will be thinking of you


Marina & Marc Penn

Thinking of you all at this sad time and sending our thoughts and prayers.


Russell and Judy Hunt, Australia

We were so sorry to hear that Andy had passed away. We fondly remember the times we spent with Andy and Anita in both England and Australia. The time that we stayed a number of days with them at Accrington was a highlight of our trip. Going to Blackpool was an unexpected trip which was very enjoyable. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.


Gloria Galagher

To Anita and Family, I have such fond memories of Andy, a kind-hearted Man that was loved by all. I’ll cherish the good times we all had together here in Brisbane. I’ll miss Andy’s quick smile and positive attitude which always cheered me up. With much love and heartfelt Prayers, Gloria


Jolan, Gavin, Renik, Oran and Sariya Cowan

Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Andy. We smile through tears as we remember Andy and Anita and their trips to Oz, sitting around the table at Stephen and Aprilla’s, enjoying Stephen’s BBQ delights and a cold beverage and Gavin and Andy chatting about motor bikes. We will cherish the memories.


Peter North

So saddened to hear of the passing of Andy.



I don’t think I could find the words to do Andrew the justice he deserves but what I can say is he was a proud man with a passion for motorcycles a man with a fabulous sense of humour and real love for all his family. I can recall the numerous times you would see Andrew watching over his grandchildren beaming with pride and joy. My one regret from his passing is I never got to fulfil a dream to restore an old triumph or Norton motorcycle with his help. One thing we all fail to realise is how short time is to make our dreams a reality and time should be better spent with the ones we love. My heart and thoughts are with all the family today and for the future especially as Andrew passing will leave a giant hole in their lives which won’t be filled. My love to you all at this sad time as you celebrate the passing of a very special man.


Paul Clarke & Family

Devastated to hear the loss of Andy, and condolences to all the family. Andy & Anita always made me feel part of their family growing up,  as we spent most days back at their house after school, weekends etc. I was privileged to go away many times with them on holidays abroad, and then even meeting up with them all on the other side of the world for Ste’s wedding. A gentle quiet and funny man who was always caring. Sadly missed.


Lewis Haythornwhite

Growing up through my school years & a close friend for life with Nicholas, Andrew was a well spoken gentleman & we had some good conversations about Classic Bikes & music. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.


Eric Lynch

Sending condolences to the family at this time. I was sad to hear of Andrew’s recent passing.