Funeral Service

Time: 1.00pm

Date: Friday 5th April 2024

Service Details:
The service will be held in St Bartholomew's Church, Great Harwood followed by a private family committal.

Granville Pilling

On 20th March, 2024 Granville, aged 66 years, passed away peacefully at his home following a short illness bravely borne, surrounded by his loving family. The much loved and loving husband of Barbara, devoted and loved dad of Annie and Rosie & partner Anton, cherished and fun grandad of George, Ted and Ellis, loved brother of Carol, Stephen and Barbara, also a dear brother in law and uncle, and a loving friend to many.

Donations, in lieu of flowers are being gratefully received in memory of Granville on behalf of HANCUK  – Head and Neck Cancer UK. To make a donation, please click the blue donate button at the bottom of this page.

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

    Philip & Carol Gibson

    So many happy memories over many years, we will never forget Granville R.I.P.

    Nicola Boyes ( was Slater )

    So shocked to hear this sad news. My thoughts go to you all.

    Karen & Nick Bunn , Tara, Tim , Josh & Matt

    Granville was just the loveliest man , always cheerful , a wonderful Dad and Grandad too.

    Joyce Newton

    Will be very much missed. Happy childhood memories on Lowerfold Park. Thoughts go to his lovely wife Barbara and children and grand children. Gone but will never be forgotten.

    The Lloyd’s

    An amazing and loving man. We will miss your happy, smiley face. Always so fun and wanting everyone around you to be happy. The only thing we can say bad about him…..his choice of football team. Lots of love to Barbara, Annie, Rosie and your 3 beautiful little ones at this sad time. Love you all xx

    Louise Kirk and family

    We were so saddened to hear about Granville’s illness and then that he had passed. Such a lovely man, and so loved by his family.

    Holly, Ben, Sam, Flora and Declan

    Thinking of you all, Granville will be sorely missed xx

    Williams family at No95

    Our sincere condolences for your loss

    Jean Case

    In loving memory of the happy times we had together.

    Henk van Heumen

    Dear Barbara and family my sincere condolences with the loss of Granville

    Hilary Shepherd

    So glad to have seen you both so recently.  Happiest of memories over 40 years from the Lord Nelson era!  Such fun.  Much love to all the family.  He was so proud showing me photos of the grandchildren.  X

    Steven and Janet Grimshaw and family

    Barbara and family, sending our most heartfelt sympathy to you all, you are in our thoughts. Steven and Janet Grimshaw and family.


    Unwavering in his love for his family and friends. Kind, funny and brave to the end. Rest in peace Granv xxx

    Mike and Jeanette Aston

    So sorry to hear the sad news, Remembering all the happy times and I am sure there is lots of golfing happening up there with the lads. Sending love and condolences.

    Jen, Roy, Anna and Captain

    Barbara, Annie and Rosie- we are so saddened by the loss of Granville. He was a joy to be around. He will be missed so much by so many. We’re sending you lots of love at this very difficult time x

    Brian Quinn

    So many happy memories over the last thirty years or so Gran will be greatly missed by many

    Lillian and Maggie No.94

    So sorry for your loss, lovely man.


    So sorry to hear of your loss, He was such a lovely person and always made me feel so welcome throughout my college years being friends with Rosie! Truly heart breaking, thinking of you all xxx

    Susan and Trevor Procter

    So sorry to hear this sad news, RIP Granville.

    Mary and Mike Ormerod

    Always lovely memories of Granville, being so cheerful and family focused

    Ken and Lynne Whittaker

    Such a shock to hear of granville’s passing. We didn’t know he was ill. Thinking of you at this very sad time. Rest in peace Granville. 💙🙏🥲


    So sorry for your loss, He was a friend in the 70s, he was such a lovely guy, always had a smile on his face. RIP Granville

    Hamza Geloo – E.B Holden Pharmacy

    Sincere condolences to Barbara and her family, may the Almighty raise Granville’s rank in the hereafter and grant you guys patience in these difficult moments.

    Robin Bracewell & family

    So sorry to hear the sad news of illness and then his passing. We have had a work related friendship for basically all our working lives. Always a pleasure to stop by and chat, Granville will be missed by many. Condolences to all his lovely family.

    Michelle Iddon

    So sorry to hear about Granville, thinking of you all at this sad time.

    Aunty Olive, Christine & Adrian Littlefair

    Remembering a much loved nephew and cousin. Many lovely memories of happier times. Sending our love and heartfelt condolences to you all at this very sad and difficult time.

    Rosemary Lake (nee Horrocks)

    So sad to hear this news.  Sending much love and sincere condolences to all the family

    Coppice Bowling Club

    So sorry to hear the news of Granville. Rest in peace. Our thoughts to all his family

    Madaline & Alex Wood

    Such sad news. Condolences to all the family.

    Martine, Patrick & Benoît

    Nos pensées les plus douces vous accompagnent dans cette douloureuse épreuve. Nous partageons votre chagrin. Son souvenir restera graver à jamais dans nos coeurs. Sincères condoléances. Votre famille de France.

    Our kindest thoughts are with you during this painful ordeal. We share your grief. His memory will remain forever engraved in our hearts. Sincere condolences. Your family from France.

    Dom and Jane

    Granville was the ultimate family man. So loving and caring with a happy and positive appraoch to life. Our love and thoughts go to Barbara, Annie, Rosie and the boys, who were adored by Granville. He will live in our memories forever.

    Alison & Andrew Millward

    Such a lovely man and great fun to spend time with.

    Russ Lamb

    What a man. You can all be very proud of Granville and the joy he brought everyone he came into contact with. I can truly say that he is an inspiration for how I act as a father. Our heartfelt condolences to you all. Huge love

    Dave Hindle

    So sorry to hear the passing of Granville, Been friends for many years, through football or Squash, My thoughts are with Barbara and family.

    Carole Ellis

    Sunday evenings at Woodies will never be the same again.  RIP Big G.

    Susan Everitt.

    Such wonderful memories of happier times. A lovely man gone too soon.

    Peter Jones and family.

    Remember the good times.Granville will be much missed.

    Benoît DESCAMPS

    Hello Barbara, Annie and Rosie. I’m sorry to hear the sad news.  My condolences with the loss of Granville.

    Dot Graham

    Lovely man with the widest smile ever.  You will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

    Lynn and Dave Lowe

    Our thoughts go out to Barbara and Family.  We never saw Granville without a smile on his face gone too soon RIP Granville we will never forget you.

    Peter and Janet Ingham

    Great great guy and friend 😘 we will miss you but savour our memories of happier times


    Bye Granville, Rest in peace. Thank you for all the unforgettable moments I had the priviledge of living with you, Barbara, Annie, Rosie and Bart !

    Avis Dent

    A fun loving man who will be sadly missed

    Matt Smith

    Worked for granv for the best part of 20yrs….I couldn’t of asked for a better boss. Watched him drive by Rishton Welding for one last time. God bless you Granville.

    Diana Bemowski

    Granville was a brilliant dad and grandad and will be greatly missed

    Peter and Joan West

    We will send a card

    Matt Smith

    Worked for Granv for the best part of 20yrs….I couldn’t of asked for a better boss. Watched him drive by Rishton welding for one last time.god bless you Granville