Funeral Service

Time: 12.20pm

Date: Monday 5th October 2020

Service Details:
Due to current restrictions a private family funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed. Please follow the login details to watch the service online: website: Username Veyi7074 Password 107669

Gillian Young – Nee Lovegrove

On 26th September 2020 peacefully at her home, Gillian, aged 78 years of Great Harwood, formerly of Pontypridd, South Wales. The dearly loved wife of the late Alf and loving partner of Dave, much loved mum of Carlton and Victoria, dear mother in law of Alison and Nigel and loving grandma of Chelsea, Jessica and Tyler-John.

Gillian was born in Pontypridd, South Wales and always remained true to her Welsh roots. She was always rather pleased that she went to school with Tom Jones. Gillian met her first husband Alf whilst she was a nurse and combining their love of Girl Guides and Scouts, both Gillian and Alf became very dedicated to their work with the Scout Association. This brought them to live in Great Harwood, putting Bowley Scout Camp on the map. Gillian was passionate and dynamic and had a great capacity for getting things done. She also worked as a doctors receptionist at Great Harwood Health Centre, becoming the practice manager. In her spare time she was a keen dog breeder and was well known and respected in the dog world especially as a breed judge at many shows including Crufts. Becoming a widow, Gillian later met Dave through her dog walking routine and their friendship blossomed. Together they shared a great love of their dogs and enjoyed holidays touring in their motorhome all over Britain, especially back to her beloved Wales. She also enjoyed digital photography, watercolour painting and music. Gillian was the proudest grandma there ever was and she adored her family, of whom she was always so proud.

To make a donation to Cancer Research in memory of Gillian please click the blue button link at the bottom of this page.

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

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MESSAGES for the family of Gillian Young – Nee Lovegrove


Janet Johnson

So sorry to hear the sad news about Gill, My brother David’s partner. We have happy memories of her visits to us in Dorset always, so impeccably dressed!


Sheila Whatley

Remembering a very dear friend and enthusiastic member of Great Harwood Camera Club as was her husband Alf. Although not able to attend meetings in recent years she was always interested in the Club and its members and all that we did. She will be greatly missed.


Tracey Shaw

So so sorry to hear this Jill was a beautiful person and will be dearly missed. Send all my love to the family rest in peace my friend xxx


Susan Gugalko

So so sorry to hear such sad news about Gill she was such a lovely person, if we saw each other up town we would have a chat mainly about dogs RIP GILL.


Kate Whalley

With best wishes and love from John and Kate xxx


Cheryl Iain Rhys & Jake Chapman

Our love and thoughts will be with you on this sad day, farewell Aunty Gill xxx


Michael Wilson

I have many fond memories of Gill and Alf whilst growing up at Bowley. I remember Victoria and Carlton well and I am very sad to hear of her passing.