Funeral Service

Time: 10.30am

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2023

Service Details:
A funeral service will be held in St Mary's RC Church, Clayton-le-Moors followed by interment at Dill Hall Cemetery.

David Townsend – Dodgy Dave

On 27th December, 2022 suddenly but peacefully in hospital, surrounded by his loving family, David, aged 77 years of Accrington and formerly of Arthur Street, Clayton-le-Moors. The dearly beloved husband of April, much loved dad of Claire, Elizabeth, Leonie and Jade, dear father in law of Matt and Al, cherished grandad of Mia, Ruby, Harry, Robyn, Bobby and Tommy, much loved twin of Betty and loved brother of Tom, Derek, Peter, Joan and the late Brian, Donald, John and Marie, also a much loved brother in law, uncle and good friend to many.

As a youngster, David worked on farms for the Boothmans and Barnes before becoming a bin man. He became a well known character in Clayton-le-Moors and knew everyone on his bin round throughout Clayton and Accrington, and this is how he met his wife, April when in his 30’s and they married and David loved becoming¬†a dad to their four lovely daughters. David was prone to a spot of wheeling and dealing and was Clayton’s very own home-grown Del Boy – creatively resourceful, he could put his hand on anything and loved to scour the charity and second hand shops. He was a very definite character who loved to be right and would argue that black was white. David lived his life with a passion, whether for his family, his deals or his precious Burnley Football Club, whom he had followed around the country. He loved dog racing and raced his own fine dogs and he loved a flutter and had enjoyed a couple of lucky wins. In his earlier years, David had been a talented cricketer and won several trophies. It was ¬†always a dream of his to go to the West Indies to watch the cricket but he was just too terrified to get on a plane. After retirement, David spent ten years helping his great friend Jogee in his second hand shop. It gave David a purpose and he loved spending time with Jogee. A most loving family man, David always shared a special bond with his twin sister Betty. He doted on April and their daughters and was a proud dad and he adored his grandchildren. David will be missed by so many.

Family flowers only please, donations are being gratefully received in memory of David on behalf of Diabetes UK – North West . To make a donation, please click on the blue button link at the foot of this page.

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


So sorry to hear the loss of David he will be sorely missed by all that knew him and would like to wish his family my deepest condolences and I am thinking of you all at this sad time xxx

Cousin David Furnival from Market Drayton, Shropshire

Fond memories of a lovely lad R I P David xx

Cath Rhodes

We all know what a great person he was. He will always be loved and never be forgotten !!

Robert Townsend

Very sorry to hear about Uncle David, a regular visitor to our house when I was a kid. Such a character, I have lots of fond memories. My condolences to April and the girls. Sleep well, Uncle x

Mandy Fitzsimmons

Sorry to hear about your loss, david was brill chap and missed. Thinking of you April and the rest of the family.


Rip David

Jogee family

My Sincere condolences to you all, especially April and daughters and siblings. What a huge loss. We will forever cherish the memories we shared in our hearts and will always be in our prayers. How 35 plus years can go by in a blink of an eye. Our hearts are sad but thinking of David and his cheekiness makes us smile. Rest in peace our dear friend David.

Bernie Owen

Dave may you rest in peace. You lovely, lovely man. You will be sadly missed. Xx


Founders memories of David ..remember him singing on milk wagon !! Old Shep .How blessed to have had him in my life .Good night Godbless RIP

Julie Holden

So sorry to hear this. We,ve known him a long time and used to live across the road from him in Arthur Street Clayton le moors. A lovely man. R.I.P. David. Sending our sincere condolences to the family….

Mick Harrison

So many fond memories of your dad. From him telling me off as a lippy youngster to laughing and joking alongside him. Such a huge loss to so many people especially his devoted family. My deepest condolences to you all at this difficult time. Fly high David, heaven gains another angel.