Funeral Service

Time: 2.20pm

Date: Friday 25th March 2022

Service Details:
Mervyn's funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium. The service will be live streamed for all those unable to attend. To log in please visit and enter the following log in details Username maxo5024 Password 503778

Mervyn Aspin

On Monday 14th March 2022, Mervyn aged 80, sadly passed away in hospital.
Mervyn was the devoted husband to the late Carol. He was dad to Lynn and Maxine, father in-law to Graham and Andrew,  brother to Jim and Maureen and the late Harry, grandad to Lee, Steven, Matthew, Nikki and Jenni, great grandad to Kayleigh, Lucy, Bella, Ally, Lona and Luca and cherished uncle and friend to many.
Mervyn was born in Accrington and started his working life at Accrington brick yard.  He met Carol in 1960 and they married in 1962. Lynn was born the following February and Maxine was born in August, twelve years later.
Mervyn and Carol took over The Cross Axes pub in 1976 where they spent 22 happy years working together.  Mervyn was known for his fantastic sense of humour, jokes and many tales he had from over the years. After leaving the Cross Axes, he enjoyed Sunday nights with Carol, meeting friends for drinks and karaoke.
Mervyn loved life and enjoyed many pastimes from darts and dominoes to football and boxing.  He had many hobbies including breeding birds and rabbits, cooking, singing and drawing. He loved his home but his favourite place to visit was Portugal with his family and friends.
Mervyn was surrounded by his close, loving family right until the end. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Mervyn are being gratefully received on behalf of Asthma & Lung UK via the donate button below.
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MESSAGES for the family of Mervyn Aspin
Moira and Eddie

So sorry to hear about Meryn. Will always remember Mervyn and Carol, as two of the best neighbours we have ever had. Will miss them both.


Stefan and Gillian Mankowski

Thinking of you all on this sad day. We will remember Merv from the Happy Times we spent in the Cross Axes so many good times. Like when Merv got a special drink in for me and Bev Gregson(cherry B a crate full!!) we were certainly dancing that night! RIP Merv thanks for the good times x

Nicki Birch
Thinking of you all, Mervyn was a beautiful man who I remember from the cross axes, I had much respect for him& it was a pleasure to have known you Merv may you rest in peace rejoined with your beautiful wife. ❤
Janet Ragen
To all the family of Mervin Aspin sorry to hear of your loss thinking of you all r.i.p Mervin x
Jane Barton
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He always made us laugh with his jokes and stories when we in the cross. He was a gentleman.
Rita Houghton
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. God bless and may he R.I.P reunited with your mum in heaven x.
John aka Tigg.
What a great guy. Known Merv for a lot of years will be missed by most of Great Harwood folk RIP Pal.
Russ & Michelle
Thinking of you all at this sad time. He is now reunited with the love of his life.
Cath & Tony Haworth
Forever remembered, a top bloke who we were lucky to have had the pleasure to have known. God bless. X
Peter and Karen Kemp
Merv you were a legend and will be sadly missed. Thinking of your family at this sad time. Back with your beloved Carol. RIP Merv xxx
Russell Williams
I worked for Merv and Carol as a glass collector back in the 90s although I always spent everything I earned during the famous lock-ins that Merv used to have. He was a great guy, a true gentleman, and my thoughts are with his family at this sad time. RIP Mervyn you will be missed.
John Clark
RIP to a genuinely nice man. Used to enjoy our chats when I came home from sea.
Julie Fisher
Sad to hear this news, Merv was a top bloke, remember him for always laughing and telling stories when he brought people into the day centre, and of course the medallion 🙂
Gary smith
What a very nice guy.
Pam & John Janeczko
Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Mervyn was a true gentleman and a man with a great sense of humour. I remember, every Friday, I used to go to the Cross to do Carole’s hair. I would knock on the front door and Mervyn would answer and shout “ What do you want. We aren’t open for drinks yet.” So embarrassing.. Many lives have been touched by Mervyn and Carole. RIIP Merv. Back with the love of your life. ♥️♥️♥️
Maria Ashton and Graham Daniels
So sorry to hear the sad news of Mervyn passing, Mervyn was a great person and landlord, had many Happy hours in the cross axes, R I P Mervyn with your lovely Carol.
Margaret and Trevor Garner
Our sympathies in the loss of a lovely man.
Rebecca Moore
Lynn, Maxine and Family we are so sorry for your loss. Some of my fondest memories are of Uncle Mervyn singing “Oh Carol” on a Thursday night at The Cross Axes, Uncle Merv will be missed. Much love Rebecca, Mick, Floyd And Franklyn.
John Hill
Dear Lynn and Maxine so very sad to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a true gentleman and we go back a very long time from the first time he dated our Carol. I have very fond memories of all the times we have spent together. Our holiday especially Portugal. Of the times we have spent in the pub too many to mention. I’m sorry I can’t be there but will raise a glass in his memory x He is now reunited with our Carol. RIP Mervyn a gentleman to the end. All my sincere love to you both. Uncle John xx
Gayle Fenna
I had the pleasure of working with Merv at Woodhaven day centre. He was a lovely man and the service users and staff thought a lot about him.. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Xx
Jonathan & Jen
So sorry for your loss, he was a gent and will be very missed. Thinking of you all x
Dave and Lorraine Fish
Sleep peacefully Merv, one of the best. Many good memories, you’ll be missed. Together again ????
Mike Harling – ex September band
Remember Merv from the Cross Axes in the early 70s – top bloke.. so very sorry he has left you, sorry unable to make the funeral.
Janet Doyle
What a legend. All my love and prayers xx
Mick Price & family
Thinking of you all today xx
Marilyn Prendergast
R.I.P Merv. Thinking of you all today.. Please accept..our sincere condolences xx
Dougie & Lesley Walton
Many happy memories of Mervyn and Carol, spent many a night in the Cross, in later years Mervyn was a work colleague at LCC, many a good laugh. Thinking of the family at this truly sad time.
Heather Martin
I have fond memories of working for Carol and Merv behind the bar of the Cross Axes, for quite a few years they looked after me, and it never felt like a job! Merv you were an absolute diamond, my thoughts are with your family who were surely blessed to have had you x RIP reunited with Carol ❤️