Funeral Service

Time: 11.00am

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2022

Service Details:
The cremation committal will be held at Accrington Crematorium at 11.00am followed by a Memorial Service at Whalley Parish Church at 12Noon. All are welcome to attend the committal and memorial.

Ian Cavannagh

Ian passed away surrounded by his family in Royal Blackburn Hospital on 12th of October, 2022 aged 80 years. Ian lived in Wiswell, near Whalley. He was a loving husband to Margaret and the very best father to Michael and Pamela, a doting ‘Papa’ to grandchildren Patrick, Eugene, Cara and Rae and brilliant father-in-law to Larana and Simon.

Ian was born in Church Kirk, Accrington where he spent a happy childhood with parents John and Edith and his siblings, Jack and Irene. After attending Accrington Tech he became a draftsman at engineering firms in the area and during his career he ran his own engineering businesses, all located in Accrington. Ian was an animal lover from a young age, taking mice to school in his pockets and converting the coal shed at home into an aviary where he bred budgies and pigeons. He was also a lover of comedy and would rewatch his favourite shows endlessly. As an active member of many local societies and clubs, Ian was lucky to have a very wide circle of friends whom he enjoyed entertaining.

Family flowers only please, donations are being gratefully received in memory of Ian on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice. To donate please click the ‘Make A Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.

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

Simon Temperley

Thinking of you all today and smiling remembering being introduced to “A Man’s Meal” by your Dad.

The Ashbrooks

Sending love to you all xx

Emma Huepfl (nee Slinger)

Pamela, and the Cavanagh Family. I’m so sorry to hear that your father passed away recently. I am thinking of you all. Best wishes, Emma

Accrington 41 Club

With fond memories of Ian during many happy years in Round Table and later in 41 Club

Jack Berry of West End

I worked for Ian  – best boss ever.

Rod & Bar Stevenson

So sorry for your loss.

Pollard Family

We all remember the wonderful family holidays we had in Salcombe over the years and with Ian and Margaret in Los Balcones. Lovely memories and we will all miss Ian so much.

Peter and Trish Flint

We have only just moved to live next door to Ian and Margaret. From my very brief acquaintance with Ian I found him to be very welcoming, kind , funny and a little cheeky. I was looking forward to getting to know him better but sadly this will not now be possible. Praying for Margaret and the family at this sad time.


A very dear friend of the late John Slinger and Lorna, Amy, Robert and Kate. We will all miss his wonderful humour and friendship. Much love to Margaret and his family xxxx