Funeral Service

Time: 1.00pm

Date: Tuesday 7th July 2020

Service Details:
A private family funeral service will be held, the service will be streamed for all those who are unable to attend due to current restrictions in place. To watch Dennis' Funeral Service please follow the details below: Website: Username: Gosi9552 Password: 200517


Dennis Raw aged 68 of Somerset close, Oswaldtwistle, passed away unexpectedly in Blackburn hospital on 19th June 2020. During Dennis’s 4-week hospital stay, his family were blessed to spend one last cherished evening with Dennis a few days before his passing, where Dennis enjoyed one last glass of wine in the comfort of his own home and surrounded by his adoring family, and pets. 

A devoted and dearly loved partner of Theresa for 27 years, cherished and much-loved father of Catherine, dear brother to Peter and Malcolm and a treasured relative and friend to many. Dennis was a true gentleman, who will be deeply and widely missed by all who were lucky enough to have met him.

Beloved son of late Vera and Edmund Raw, Dennis was born in Brierfield before moving to Oswaldtwistle aged 9, where he decided to settle to stay close to his family and friends.

Dennis started his career at ROF Blackburn, then he later transferred to BAE, where his hard work and dedication payed off, as he worked his way up to his role as a cost and management accountant. Dennis spoke very fondly of his time at work and was much loved by his colleagues. Dennis proudly worked at BAE for 40 years before enjoying his early retirement at 59. Dennis treasured these extra years that he spent with Catherine and Theresa, who will cherish these memories always.

Dennis was happiest when spending time with his loved ones, a regular face in the local pubs, a very keen golfer and cricketer, proud lifelong supporter of Burnley football club and enjoyed his many incredible holidays with his partner and daughter.

An esteemed member of Ryhddings Methodist church, Dennis devoted his time as a lifelong member and managing the circuits accounts. Dennis was an extremely selfless and kind man, he was involved and donated to many charitable causes and volunteered as the account manager and trustee for the ARC refugee project in Blackburn.

Those who are left behind will sorely miss Dennis every day, but will strive to make him proud and keep his memory alive. Thank you for your wisdom, kindness and happiness that you filled our lives with.

In Dennis’s memory we are asking for donations to ‘The ARC Project Blackburn’, a charity that was very close to Dennis’s heart. Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by clicking the ‘Make A Donation’ button at the bottom of this page.


Please feel free to leave a message for Bert’s online memorial page.

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Amanda Davis

Theresa, Catherine and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Dennis was a lovely man and will be sadly missed by all who knew him xxx


Madeleine, John, James, Jenny, Edward, Jade Cornell also Dr Bal Thakur

Theresa , Catherine and Den’s brothers and families, We are deeply saddened by the death of Dennis, we will always remember him with great affection. He was a very genuine, kind and interesting Man ..Rest In Peace Dennis. Much love.



Deepest sympathies, heart goes out to you all x


Doug Garbutt

Very sad to hear of Dennis’ passing, he was a lovely fella and a pleasure to know and work with. He always spoke with love and pride of his family and you should be proud of how much joy you both brought to his life ❤️


Jean Fish

I feel blessed to have known you Dennis. The West Pennine Moors Circuit will not be the same without you. Rest in Peace my friend. Your memory will live on in all the lives you touched.


Emma Kearney

Sending our condolences from the Black Dog in Oswaldtwistle. Dennis was a true gent. The team and I are very sad to learn of his passing.


Diane Mason

Hi Theresa and Catherine. I worked with Dennis at Samlesbury. Dennis was a lovely man. He was a lovely friend and work colleague. You could not wish to meet a nice person. He will be very sadly missed. Thinking of you both at this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane and peter Mason xxx


Malcolm Davies

RIP Dennis. One of life’s true gents. Heartfelt condolences to all the family x


Steven Treasure

Heartfelt condolences to Dennis’s family. Was shocked by his sudden death. I have many fond memories of Dennis and will remember him as a great guy and a very passionate claret. RIP pal.



Many happy memories. my thoughts and prayers are with you Theresa and Catherine and family. RIP DENNIS.x


Stephen Macks (Maksymczuk)

So sorry for your sad loss, Andriana and Stephen (friends of Wendy, Oldham)


Kevin Davies

RIP Dennis – haven’t bumped into you many times over recent decades but fondly remembered – a decent bloke!


David Foster

It was a privilege to have known Dennis. He always had a kind word when I preached at Rhyddings He was passionate in his concerns for others especially those going through hard times and did his best to support them. He will be sadly missed.


George and Susan Whalley

Dennis, I am very saddened to hear about Dennis’s passing. He was a wonderful man with personality plus. Both Susan and myself worked with Dennis for many years at the ROF. He was one of the best who ever worked there. He would help anyone and his personality shone through every day. Being a Rovers fan we had lots of banter about his beloved Burnley. My best mate Eddie Turner used to meet up regularly with Dennis in Ossy for a few pints and banter galore. He truly was a man who can be summed up in one word, Class. He was everything that you would want as a colleague and a friend and I trust that you will find the peace that you deserve in the future. He was a Mega Man. Xxxx