Funeral Service

Time: 11.30

Date: Thursday 28th January 2021

Service Details:
Due to current restrictions a private funeral service will be held at All Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors followed by committal at Accrington Crematoirum. The service will be live streamed for all those that are unable to attend. To watch the service please follow All Saints Church Clayton-le-Moors on facebook.

John Birtwell

Peacefully at his home with his son and daughter by his side on 19th January 2021 John aged 71 years of Clayton-le-Moors. The devoted husband of the late Christine Anne, loving and much loved dad of Catherine and Andrew, father-in-law of Solomon and Natasha, cherished ‘pops’ of Kate, Harry, Eva and Jack, dear brother of Elaine and a much loved relative and friend to many.

During his working life John was a well respected teacher by both fellow teachers and pupils at Haslingden High School. Following his early retirement John continued to work in the art gallery and garden centre. John had many hobbies including wood carving which he could spend many happy hours in his workshop creating his latest masterpiece and many family members and friends have been gifted his creations over the years. He loved the outdoors and always looked forward to getting out in to the open air and countryside with his companion Millie the Cocker Spaniel. Most of all John was a devoted family man and proud grandad who devoted much of his time to the care of his grandchildren.


Donations are being received in memory of John on behalf of Salvation Army. To make a donation please click the ‘Make A Donation’ at the bottom of this page.


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

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MESSAGES for the family of John Birtwell


Marjorie and Alan Towers

So sorry to read about Johns death he will be missed as a friend and good neighbour. Love to all the family.


Julian Snape

Catherine & Andrew, so sorry to hear about your Dad. I have a lot fond memories especially of him giving me advice after I flunked my A levels. We’d have lots of talks during your piano lessons band he gave me lots of great life advice. Both Christine and John were great and it was lovely to know them as a kid and an adult. Love, Julian.


Paul and Laura Mulligan and family

So sorry to read about John’s passing. During the 21 years as neighbours we had many a chat over the garden fence. Sending our condolences to all the family.


John Cowell

Goodbye old friend.


Helen and Bryan Ross

Sending condolences at this sad time. It was a privilege to have known John and Christine bringing up our young family next door and helping with his buddies when you were on holiday.


Eleanor Ross

Much love to all the family. Fond memories of John from my childhood. A wonderful neighbour and friend. Love and light to all.



My condolences to the family of Mr Birtwell, he was my teacher from Haslingden High, and very much respected.


Charlotte Newman

As a former pupil at Haslingden High, Mr Birtwell was a really lovely teacher. Very saddened to hear about your loss.


Peter & Ann Fenwick

Sleep tight, will think of you often. Reunited with Christine. Not a lot of gents around you were one of them.


Mavis Abbott

So sorry, a lovely friend to many, and a loved Dad and Grandfather xx


Ian, Sarah, Tom and Florence

I have great memories of your dad from a very early age, he and Christine made your house like a second home to me. A great man who will be missed by many and remembered by all. Sending all the family our love at this difficult time x


Geraldine Simister

Sending you all my heartfelt condolences. Best teacher ever, remembered with great fondness.


Rossendale Rugby Club

So sad to read of the death of John. He was a popular, well liked member of the Rugby Club. We send you our heartfelt sympathies.