Funeral Service

Time: 11.00am

Date: Thursday 13th April 2023

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

David John Carney

On 25th March 2023, peacefully in East Lancashire Hospice, David, aged 52 years of Clayton-le-Moors, formerly of Helmshore. The much loved and loving husband of Anna, devoted and kind dad to Lewis, dearly loved son of Norma and the late John, loving brother of Stephen and sister in law Michelle, loving uncle of Martha and much loved son in law of Pamela and Les.

David’s early school years were spent in Haslingden and Helmshore and he then attended St Theodore’s RC High School for boys in Burnley before moving to Lea Bank (part Accrington and Rossendale College) where he studied for a BTEC HND in Business and Finance.  During his school and college years, David earned beer money as a pot washer at The Duke of Wellington pub/restaurant on Grane Road in Haslingden, quickly progressing to waiting on, serving behind the bar and eventually becoming the assistant manager upon leaving college. He then moved to Primrose Wallcoverings for a short time before a change of career into the water hygiene industry.  He initially worked for APB Water Treatment with a move a few years later to Waterchem.  Via a series of company takeovers and his own hard work, David progressed to become Operations Manager of national company Integrated Water Services (IWS) where he remained an employee throughout his illness. It was during his time at Lea Bank that David met Anna.  They married in 1997 and three years later their son Lewis was born.  Together they were a loving and loved family, but for too short a time, as cancer is no respecter of age.  The twenty-five years they were married were years of joy and happiness in each other’s company.  Their social lives were busy and fulfilling and many good friends were made along the way.  No obituary of David’s would be complete without a mention of his love for sport – especially his avid support for Manchester United.  A passion he has passed on to his dear son, Lewis, who continues the family tradition.  David worked hard and played hard. He enjoyed holidays abroad, walking, dining out, relaxing watching TV, spending time with many of his friends in his local pub – The Hyndburn Bridge and occasionally meeting up with his friends from Helmshore in The Station pub.

Family flowers only please. Donations can be made in David’s memory to East Lancashire Hospice. To make a donation, please click the “Make A Donation” button at the bottom of this page or send to Champ Funeral Services. A donation box will also be available on the day of the funeral.

Please feel free to leave a message for David’s online memorial book by completing the form below. [ninja_form id=5]

Heather & Martin Shuker

Still can’t believe this has happened, heart breaking. David was such a lovely man, always stopped to speak if we saw him always with a smile. Such a sad, sad loss our hearts go out to you Anna and Lewis. Sending much love xx

Lorraine, Suzanne and Vanessa

Anna and Lewis so sorry to hear about your sad loss.

Daniel – The Albion Landlord

Such sad, sad news. He will be missed by many. We will miss his humour, and kindness. Our thoughts remain with all the family at this sad time. The Albion Staff

Judith Southcott

My sincere condolences. I went to Lea Bank college and studied the same course at the same time as David. I didn’t see him until a few years ago at Hyndburn Bridge where we recognised each other after over 30yrs. Such sad news and you are all in my thoughts.

John, Ruth and family

Such sad, sad news. He will be missed immensely. I’ll really miss his sense of humour, kind manner and kindness. A thoroughly decent bloke. Our thoughts remain with Anna, Lewis and family. Xx

Nick, Mel & Macy

Gone too soon from this world. Such a great guy and an honour to have known him. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. So sorry for your loss Anna. Lots of love Nick, Mel & Macy xxx

Jack Sandiford

Anna and Lewis, I am so sorry for your loss. Dave will be remembered as a gent with a great sense of humour who cared for his family very much. Sending love to you both and all of Dave’s family and friends xx

Ian woodall

It was an absolute privilege to have been able to call you a friend. I’ll keep treasured memories of the times we laughed together and the conversations we had. I’ll really miss you mate.

Karen Carter

Worked with Dave since 2010, he was a really nice man, a gent with a great sense of humour. Thoroughly enjoyed all the banter even though I from the South! and he will be sadly missed x

Janina Rewaj

Sending you my deepest condolences and love. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Dave you were taken too soon, may you rest in peace. God bless. Xxx

Christine & Brian Sandiford

Sending all our love to Anna and Lewis, and also Stephen and Norma. Our lovely nephew, David, will be forever in our hearts.

Judy Taylor

SO, SO SORRY, A wonderful family man.

Brian Sandiford Jnr.

Anna and Lewis, we are so sorry for your loss. David will always be remembered as another brother to me and Mark and Ian. We all shared his love of Manchester United and even Pat had something to talk to David about at family gatherings. David was always loved, and we will all miss him beyond words. All our love. Brian Jon, Pat and Briony xxx.

Lindsey & Darren

I still can not believe that Dave has passed away. He was very funny man he was dry and quick which made me chuckle no end, especially at Warner St. Some very funny tales were told in that office when Dave visited, usually at Anna expense. ???? A top bloke, taken from his beautiful family far too soon. Sending all our love to Anna, LJ and all of Daves Family and friends. Xxxx

Pamela Hill

Dear Anna and family, I am devastated to read of your sad loss. I didn’t know your husband but my love, thoughts and prayers are with you. My deepest condolences. ????

Lisa Bentley

It is with great sadness that we heard this devastating news. Me and my son Joel came to visit Dave and Anna in July and we had no idea that it was going to be the last time we ever saw each other. My biggest regret is not telling Dave that he brought so much joy and laughter into our lives. Dave always had a fabulous sense of humour –  his quick dry humour had many of us laughing so loud. Dave was kind, considerate and such a wonderful caring husband and father. We have all been extremely priviliged to know Dave. The memories of Dave will continue to live on in those who were blessed to have known him. Anna and Lewis and David’s family and friends you are in our thoughts and prayers . Rest in peace our lovely friend Dave , till we meet again love from , Lisa, Russ, Joel and Callum xxxx:

Alan and family

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Anna and Lewis, you are in our thoughts

Dave and Elaine

So sorry for your loss. He was a lovely, friendly man with a cheeky smile and a great dry sense of humour. He will be missed by many..

Julie and Dave Whittaker

Dear Anna, Lewis and all the family. Can’t quite believe Dave has gone. Lovely memories of our chats whilst I worked at the station. Our nights out at Franco’s and Cecco’s. Sending you all our love.


Dave you will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved you. You will be forever remembered. Sending all the love and strength in the world to your Anna and Lewis xx

Shelley Haworth

Dave was a wonderful, funny caring person. His sense of humour will always make me smile. We had such great times and such laughs working at the duke of Wellington. Dave will so be missed and the world is a little darker, but the new star in the night sky shines strong. Anna, Lewis Steve and Michelle sending our love x

Wendy & Charlie White

Sending you all our deepest condolences at this sad time. Sleep well David xx

Berni Nightingale

Happy memories of Dave from our college days. He was the life and soul of our class. Sending all my love to Anna and Lewis. Rest in peace Dave, I’m glad I met you.

Melissa Ainsworth

So sorry for your loss thinking of you all during this very sad time. XX

Lyndsey Whittaker

I met David after presenting his beautiful wife Anna with a running award. He pulled me to one side and told me how proud of Anna he was. A lovely man will be dearly missed x

Adele & Chris Helm

Anna and Lewis, so sorry to hear this awful news, heartbroken for you both, Dave was one of the good guys xxx

Janet and Mark Allanson

So sorry to hear of Dave’s death he was a lovely person. Condolences to Anna, Lewis and family.

Justin Feeney

Dave you were a great lad and I have many great memories when we were young loved you and parents when we were young great times and you will be sadly missed God bless Xxx

Steve Acton

I was shocked and so sorry to hear of the passing of Dave, we used to go to watch Manchester United together, such great times, although we lost touch, I will always remember the good time and laughs we had, a genuinely nice man who will be missed by everyone who knew him , Condolences to Anna and Lewis R.I.P

Zoe Thompson

David will be sorely missed in the office. I joined IWS over 3 years ago and he made me feel the most welcome. I am going to miss his banter. He spoke a lot of his love for his family and was so proud of them. I am truly sorry for your loss. Rest in peace David x

Deborah Hallworth

Dave was one of the best! He will be greatly missed. Sending prayers and hugs to Anna, Lewis and family.

Liz, Nick, Erin & Jaiden

Cannot put into words how sorry we all are Anna & Lewis for the loss of your husband and your Dad Lewis, he was such a wonderful, kind and funny man x you know where we all are whenever you need us at whatever time. In our prayers and thoughts always x

Emma Battin

As Regional Manager at IWS until Sept ’21 I worked with Dave for a number of years and have very fond memories of him being a great member of our team. Always smiling and going to extra mile to help in any situation. My thoughts are with his family and friends, an amazing man who loved his family dearly and spoke of them often, he is sadly missed.

Steve Crick

Sending our deepest condolences to David’s family. I have fond memories of working with David at Waterchem. A true gentleman committed to his family. He will be missed.

James Tattler

So sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to have known David and to have worked with him at IWS. He was a great support for all of us at work and he will be so very missed.

Hilary, Craig & Family

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time, sending our deepest condolences, lots of love x

Andrew and Sally Smith

A massive loss – a lovely, family man who will be greatly missed.

Cathryn and Keith

You will always be in our hearts and minds as we fondly remember the many holidays, laughs and fun we’ve shared along the way. We will miss your wicked sense of humour, the informed discussions and our special ‘walk walks’ together. A light has been extinguished in our lives, but know you will shine bright in heaven. With love from us both.