Funeral Service

Time: 10.30am

Date: Monday 13th September 2021

Service Details:
Ian's funeral service will be held at All Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors followed by private family committal at Accrington Crematorium. The funeral service will be live streamed on 'All Saints Church Clayton-le-Moors' Facebook page for anyone who can't attend.

Ian Cairns

Peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on 4th September 2021, Ian aged 82 years of Clayton-le-Moors. The devoted and loved husband of Christine, loving dad of Jaqui, Stuart and Phillipa, dear father-in-law of Andrew, Jackie and Andrew, cherished grandad of James, Matthew, Robert, Alex and Rowan and dear brother of Alec and family.

Ian spent his working life as an industrial chemist working for many years at Baxenden Chemicals where he retired from. He was always a highly respected member of staff and made many good friends within his tight-knit working community, Ian was immensely proud of his work and over the years has travelled across the globe sharing his vast knowledge and intelligence with others. Ian was a well known and popular local gentleman who gave much of his time to others through his work as scout leader at All Saints and later as district commissioner for Hyndburn District Scouts. He was also a Justice of the Peace working for many years as a Magistrate at Accrington Courts. He was a lover of the outdoors and could often be found out with his beloved companion dogs in the woodlands. He was the most proud family man and doting grandad and loved nothing more than gathering the family together sharing precious time creating wonderful memories.  Ian also leaves his family at All Saints Church where he was a loyal and faithful servant giving his time as a lay preacher and church reader.

Family flowers only please, donations are being received in Ian’s memory on behalf of All Saints Church. To make a donation please click the ‘Make A Donation’ button at the bottom of this page or forward to the funeral home.


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

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MESSAGES for the family of Ian Cairns


Linda Vine

Ian was a wonderful man who will be sadly missed me. He had a great sense of humour and one of the kindest souls I have ever met in my life. I leave my sincere sympathy to Christine, Stuart, Jaqui, Philippa their partners and Children much love to you all Linda xxx


Elaine and Chris L

A true gentleman and a genuine caring person. We will remember Ian with great fondness and affection.


Kate Astley

I got to know Ian when he walked his dogs and I walked mine. He was always so pleasant and we had many a conversation. He was a lovely man. My condolences to all his family. He will be sadly missed.



Rest easy Ian. You were a good man and a credit to Clayton Le Moors . Everyone I know had you down as a decent chap and that is a lot of people.


Chris and Elaine Stone

In memory of Ian.


Christine Scarbrough

Sending our love and prayers ❤ Ian was loved beyond measure ❤ He will forever be tucked in my heart.



So many happy memories of times shared with Ian and all your lovely family.With our love and prayers for you all. Ted and Joan xxxx


Jean, Kirsty & Thomas Healey

Thinking of you all at this sad time, such a lovely man. RIP x


Dianne Lucas (Ashton)

Dear Christine, Jacque, Stuart and Phillipa. Just seen this awful news. I am so very sorry. Ian was a true gent, always immaculately turned out. Remembering Ian with with fond memories. Thinking of you all sending lots of love and hugs xxxx


John Barnfather

I first met Ian in 1973 when he came down to to Liverpool from Baxenden Chemicals to see what sort of company they had acquired from ICI. They say that you make a first impression only once and so make it a good one. A majestic kilted figure strode into our offices to the open-mouthed surprise to all, looking like a cross between James Robertson Justice and Rob Roy. Wow what a lasting wonderful sight. After relocating to Accrington I found myself to be a stranger in a strange land but where I was warmly welcomed by Ian and my new colleagues. Thanks to them I felt I had made a good move. Ian was a very knowledgeable, helpful and generous colleague both in and out of working hours.. Most notably his and Christine’s warm welcome was like finding a new family. So nice. I know this generosity was not unique to me – it’s how they were. As time went on and his family grew I was tickled pink to find myself an adopted uncle in their family – ‘Uncle Johnny B.’ How kind. If pride is a sin there was a lot of sinning going on in Ian’s home. He was so very proud of his family – of Jaqui, Stuart and Phillipa and their spouses, Andy, Jackie and Andrew. Then proud again many times over of his grandsons (in no particular order) Matt, Alex, Rowan, James and Robert. So much justifiable pride. For my part I am so grateful to Ian who started as an acquaintance soon becoming a staunch friend. I remember him then; I remember him now and I will remember him tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. We will all miss Ian but we will not forget.



Ian was a lovely man with a lovely family. Rest in Peace.


Les & Pam Moore

In memory of a kind and caring man.


Ian Ludlam-Brown

Uncle Ian inspired me to be a chemist, a lovely lovely man. Condolences to Auntie Christine, Stuart, Jackie, Phillipa and all remaining family, much love.


Mary & Amp; William Hill

In memory of a kind and well loved gentleman.