Funeral Service

Time: 10.45am

Date: Monday 8th March 2021

Service Details:
Due to current restriction a private invitation only funeral will be held at Christ Church, Accrington followed by committal at Accrington Crematorium. The service will be live streamed at the crematorium for all those that are unable to attend. To login to the service please visit and enter the following username and password: Username caji5534 Password 672248

Jack Cavannagh

Peacefully in hospital on 20th February 2021, Jack aged 85 years of Accrington. The devoted husband of the late Olive, loving father of Lance, cherished grandfather of Laura and James, dear brother of Ian and Irene and also a loved relative and good friend to many, especially Marguerite.

Jack spent his working life in teaching, working his way to become Headmaster for many years at Read C of E Primary School.  He was passionate about his work and the education of children. Jack was a keen musician and player of jazz piano and could often be found playing his favourite tunes. A keen sportsman and life long Blackburn Rovers fan, Jack loved to attend the matches to support his favourite team and was a season ticket holder. Following his retirement Jack travelled around the world with his wife Olive. They especially enjoyed cruising, visiting many countries and enjoying the local culture and traditions. Most of all, Jack was a devoted family man who was always very proud of his son and grandchildren’s achievements.

Family flowers only please with donations in Jack’s memory on behalf of Marie Curie, for the love and care they gave to his late wife Olive. To make a donation please click the ‘Make a Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.

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

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MESSAGES for the family of Jack Cavannagh


Wendy Hindle 

I worked with Jack for some time in my former role as Schools HR Officer for LCC. Jack was a true Gent and always had a ready smile – lovely man. Condolences to you all.


Carl Ellwood

Very sorry to hear of Jacks passing who I knew through working in HR for LCC and also Clerking the Governing Body of Read CE School. Jack was a genuine lovely man and we spent many a time talking about the Rovers. He taught at Spring Hill when I was a pupil although he didn’t teach me but you could always sense that Teaching was his passion with his caring and keen sense of humour. He always talked with pride about his family. Sincere condolences to the family on the loss of a wonderful humble gentleman who it was always a pleasure to be in his company.


Shaheen Akhtar

Thank you Jack for being a great friend and neighbour, will miss our chats and will miss you inviting me round to listen to a new piece of music you’d learnt or painting you’d completed. R.I.P at last with your love Olive. Sleep tight Jack.


Sharon & Tim

Lovely man lovely neighbour for many years. May you Rest in Peace x


Claire Townsend

What a lovely charming smart man, who will be sadly missed. It was a pleasure to cut your hair, I enjoyed your visits and your paintings and cards. God bless xx



Jack was a lovely person and a true gentleman. Always had a smile and a joke to share with the staff in the office at Hyndburn Park. Our condolences to the family.


Denise Haworth

Fond memories of my time at Read School when this lovely man was headteachers. I’m 55 now but I’ve never forgotten him or his lovely wife x deepest sympathy to you all xx


Judy Tomlinson

I was very sorry to hear this sad news. Jack was a popular member of our painting group at Chatburn, such a gentleman and also a talented artist. We will all miss his humour, his kindness and his friendship.


Audrey and Joanne Walton

We were very sorry to hear the sad news about Jack. We’ve been reminiscing about all the lovely holidays we had together and the happy times we shared. With our deepest sympathy and love to all the family. xx