Funeral Service

Time: 12.20pm

Date: Thursday 31st December 2020

Service Details:
Due to current restrictions a private funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium. The service will be live streamed for all those unable to attend. For login details please contact Alan's family.

Alan Handley

Peacefully in the loving care of East Lancashire Hospice on 20th December 2020, Alan aged 77 years of Clayton-le-Moors. The devoted husband of the late Barbara, much loved and loving dad of Gillian and Gemma, dear father-in-law of Mark and Fraser, cherished grandpa of Honey, Harry, Lily, Ben and Jess and a respected brother-in-law of Pat and Ray.

Alan’s working life was spent as a salesman for Refuge Insurance, he enjoyed his work and he made many good friends along the way, often spending time with his colleagues out of working hours socialising. An avid gardener, Alan loved to get out in to the fresh air keeping his garden in full bloom throughout the seasons. Alan loved to party with his wife Barbara, always having fun and making the most of life. Together with his late wife they spent a lot of time away in France lovingly restoring and renovating their much loved holiday home.
Most of all Alan was a loving family man, who will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.


Family flowers only please, donations are being received in memory of Alan on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice. To make a donation please click to ‘Make a Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.


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

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MESSAGES for the family of Alan Handley


Jackie (was Drummond No3 Trout Beck)

Sending you much love and hugs at this sad time. Your Mum and Dad were great fun to be around, funny, clever and great hosts who will be always remembered fondly. So very sorry for your sad loss to all the extended family xxx


Tom and Enid Pearson

Loving memories of a wonderful work colleague and friend, Alan will be sadly missed he made a great contribution to life.


John and Vivien Garnet

We are left heartbroken with the death of our best friend Alan. Reunited with the love of his life Barbara. Will shall miss them, more than words can say RIP.


Jo Dyer

Amazing man and amazing family. Not just a neighbour but a friend to our family along with the lovely Barbara. Very fond memories of Alan and Barbara growing up with their girls Gill and Gemma – the original Trout Beck crew!


Julie Dyer

Just such a lovely person He has nothing but praise for you all on my visit on the 18 th Dec. I am blessed to have had such a good friend !


Pat and Ray Cullen

Farewell Alan. Such a wonderful person. Our dearly loved Brother in Law and great friend. We will miss you dearly and remember you forever. Thank you for enriching our lives.


Kelly Maudsley

Thinking of you all at this difficult time, lots of love and hugs from the Maudsleys xxxx


Claire Jarvis

Whenever I think of your Dad (and your Mum) I just think of laughter and fun. Coming to you house was great, I always felt welcome. Keep your memories close, there are so many good ones. Their legacy is two lovely girls and their families who will look after each other at this sad time and in the future. Xx


Craig, Val and Jude

God bless Alan. The love you take is equal to the love you make so I hope there’s enough room up there for all the love you have with you ❤️


Claire Jarvis

I’m late (as ever) but wanted to add my support to the great cause and in memory of a great man. I have many memories of you Dad and your Mum and the times we spent at your house in our younger days. They were always so much fun and I recall lots of laughter. They have two lovely daughters to carry on their legacy. Your Dad had so many unexpected talents and interests – do you remember when he painted the Mickey Mouse mural on James’ wall Gill? Lots of love to you Gill, Gemma and families xx