Funeral Service

Time: 12.45pm

Date: Thursday 24th March 2022

Service Details:
Trisha's funeral service will be held at St Bartholomew's Church, Great Harwood followed by committal at Accrington Crematorium. Trisha's wish was for everyone to wear Black.

Patricia Barcroft (Trisha)

On the 13th March 2022, peacefully at home in Great Harwood with her devoted husband and six children by her side, Trisha aged 73 years.

Dearly loved wife to John, cherished mum to Peter, Sharon, Alison, Richard, Amy and Adam, loving grandma/nana to 13 wonderful grandchildren, a dear twin sister to the late Darlene and a loyal friend to many.

Trisha was the “Queen of Paediatrics” at the Royal Blackburn Hospital for 40 years and was a much loved and a well-respected member of the working team. Her work was her life – she loved her job and was devoted to it.

In her spare time Trisha was very much a family orientated lady who had a heart of gold. She was indeed the centre of the family unit and was loved beyond measure. Trisha was a proud grandma/nana to her 13 grandchildren and centred her world around them.

Trisha loved her holidays, especially in the sunshine. She loved to keep warm and her favourite go to place was Washington DC where she would spend hours shopping and had to visit her favourite store, Walmart.

Gardening, people watching and bird watching were also favourite hobbies of Trisha’s.

She will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving her.

Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Trisha are being gratefully received on behalf of East Lancashire Hospice Via the donate button below


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

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MESSAGES for the family of  Patricia Barcroft (Trisha)


Rebecca Caulfield

Beautiful Trish, what a woman! Kind, strong, a force to be reckoned with. Amazing mother and grandmother, amazing nurse, wonderful human. I’ll never forget being welcomed into the Barcroft household on many occasions growing up. Your loving home which we were welcomed into by Trish and by John became home from home. You were a mum to us all at one point when we were kids. Great Harwood will never be the same without you. Ami calls you the Queen Bee, and you really were. Forever missed . Rest in peace with the angels Trish, it was an absolute pleasure to have known you. All our love, Becky, Michael and the girls xx


Lorraine Lady Langford

So very sorry for your loss xxxxx


Anthony & Julie Tyldesley V

We met Trisha over 30 years ago when she was part of the team that saved our son, Joseph. When he returned from Manchester having had major surgery she was there to settle him back into The Special Care Unit. Over the next few months, he had to be rushed back in many times. It was always a relief to find Trisha on duty. She always did her utmost. It didn’t matter that her shift had finished 2 hours earlier. She would never leave until he was stable. As well as her care and professionalism, she had a wonderful sense of humour. Many years later we met by chance. She had full recall of all Joseph’s condition. There were tears in her eyes when she found out how well he was doing. He is now 6 feet 5, a university examiner and a top musician in Spain. Just how much we owe Trisha we will never know. One thing is certain, we shall never forget her.


Lynn Smith

You was an absolute Diamond beautiful inside and out ????


Sarah Caton

Trish – you will always be remembered for your passion to nursing, the ability to spot a sick child from 50 yards, the setting up of the Barcroft suite (HDU) and for passing on your experience and knowledge to junior staff. On a personal note, I will remember the many laughs we had (lemon chicken still being my favourite), your mixing up of words and above all your friendship. Rest in Peace my beloved friend – your memory will live on in my heart and the future generations of paediatric nurses and care ❤️


Allie Demaine

Truly sorry for your loss my heart and soul goes out to Amy and her family.


Joyce Miller

Trish was a special friend, memories we shared over the years will never be forgotten..Goodnight and God Bless my lovely xxx


Saphia Ugradar

My heartfelt condolences to you all…we have lost a legend…she truly was an amazing person…x


Christine Holmes

Trish was a true legend and a great friend. X x


Andrew Latham

I am so deeply sorry for the loss of this very special lady. Trisha you was the best nurse you always cared for others before yourself. I would like to thank you with all my heart for saving me as a baby back in 1974 and you did the same for my son Sam 14 yrs ago they need to name Barcoft ward at the hospital. Also you always smiled and used some swearing at times but that was just you. I will always love you loads and thank you for being just you plus a special Angel. Regards Andrew, Lynn, Sam.


Samantha Ackers

Extreme sadness she looked after my daughter when she was only 21 days old at the hospital r i p x love to u all.


Lynn Sears

So sad to hear of Trisha’s death. I worked with her at QPH before emigrating to USA. We have met on a couple of occasions on my visits “home”. I will remember her fondly. Prayers for her family.


Claire Pearson

After doing Trish’s nails for many years we became good friends, we had lots of giggles but also she gave me lots of advice. Trish was by far one of my favourite clients and I looked forward to every time she came to the salon. I will truly miss you Trish. Rest in peace Claire xxxx


Janette Smith

Such a sad loss of such a strong and dedicated paediatric nurse. I did my children’s training with Tricia at Royal Preston, she was always the passionate, strong children’s nurse. A great loss to your world, sending my love.


Gemma Wheatley

I feel honoured to be able to have met you Trish a truly lovely lady and very honest loved how you used to tell us if we looked daft or looked nice sometimes brutal but so funny you will be dearly missed by so many rest in peace beautiful sending love and strength to all the family.


Ismail (Ish)

Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Trish was an amazing colleague and friend who helped me develop in my career. She was the queen and my mother on the ward. Amazing nurse but an amazing human being too. You will be missed but your memories will always remain in our heart.



Trish where do I start beautiful, kind, thoughtful, caring, funny wonderful kindhearted an absolute angel they certainly broke the mould when you came along. It must be over 40 years since you came into mine and my families life both you and John were friends of my mum and dads June and Tony and I became a babysitter for your children when you lived up Boston’s we will never forget you and your laugh and that beautiful smile rest in peace beautiful lady fly high with the angels xx


Lisa Wogden

I’m so sorry for your loss my thought with you all at this sad time. Trish was a good family friend I knew from growing up as a child living next door to Darlene her sister may she rest in peace love to you all xx???? ????


Sally Smettem

Rest in peace my dear friend.


Faaiza and Mariam

Trish was an amazing person who went above and beyond. Tirsh nursed my daughter mariam from when she was a baby. Mariam adored Trish and Trish adored mariam. She would bring little gifts for her, she went to London and brought mariam a bear from hanleys and I still remember her saying to mariam, keep it safe it will be worth a lot of money one day. The time mariam went to hospital in London Trish brought her a rag doll and said mariam I’m with you. She was one of a kind. A gem and a life line for mariam especially I could never thank her for the support she gave me and my family. Trish you will always be close to my heart. You will be remembered as a legend and a life saver. May you rest in peace ❤


Nicola Foy (Horner)

Trish was the amazing person & the best nurse anyone could wish for. She looked after my Daughter Kaitlin Hobkirk 24 years ago & nursed her till she passed away. Again in 2007 she cared for my son Jaydan Hobkirk, always giving the most special & attention to my babies & me. She also insisted in being there when both of them passed away which was so special. Heaven has certainly gained the most amazing angel. RIP Trish. My thoughts are with you all. xxx


Carole and John

We have only known Trisha for just over 2 years feel as though we have been friends forever not just Trisha but her wonderful family have never known a braver lady and someone who was so much fun and welcomed you into her life Will miss you so much and I have to say that you have a beautiful family.



Rip Trisha you was a legend and an amazing woman.


Jackie Haywood

Thank God for Trish… it’s what I used to say when she was on duty. She was lovely honest and one of the most caring nurses I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Caiti flourished thanks to Trish & Judy. I’m sure she will be sadly missed. Heaven has definitely gained an Angel.



I would love to write an epistle but it will be censored! You were one amazing lady & a very special friend. I will laugh but be so sad …. we should have written a book! Sweet dreams Trisha, May you rest in eternal peace.


Jill Hornsby

Trisha, what can we say, you will never be forgotten and greatly missed by many. Rest in peace. Jill and Steven.


Julie Whitemoss

This is the end of an Era. I feel so lost for words. Trisha was funny, loyal, caring and when she loved you she gave it her all. She was a huge part of the paediatric team at Blackburn and she saved many young lives along the way. Trish and I became close when I joined the team and she was an amazing mentor. On my first shift with Trish and 6 hours into our shift, she said I’m still trying to weigh you up, I laughed and said ditto. We became friends as well as colleagues and I had the utmost respect for her. I loved her. Such a loss to you all and like I said the end of an era. She was always the shining star of the annual paediatric literally. She would be up there on stage making us all laugh. What an incredible individual. Trish was a big part of my life for many years. Trish, you will never be forgotten ” those you love remain with you. Huge condolences to John and all of the family. Her legacy will love on. RIP Trisha. Love you always Julie and Mark.x


Sandra Cockerill (Smith)

I’d lost contact with Darlene and Patricia years ago we were only about 10 years old when we played out together on Oakley Estate, they were known as the ‘Church twins’ they lived at the bottom of Howarth avenue, I’ve learnt so much from all the tributes on here what a wonderful lady she turned out to be RIP my sweet childhood friend.



To John and all your family, my deepest Antoinette.


Chris & Janice Latham

Such a sad loss Trisha was an amazing lady and good friend we have lots of great memories of our fun times when our children were all growing up, we will never forget your kindness and help when Andrew was born and through his early years, then Sam came along and you was there for him also in his early years, you will be forever missed, fly with the angels Trish xxxxx


Tammy Ashworth

I had the pleasure of looking after Trisha on the gyne and breast care ward at Burnley hospital, she was the most lovely lady ❤ and so funny we had many laughs we had a lovely understanding of each other she said and was very complimentary, Trish had an amazing husband and family who were amazing she will be missed dearly. I miss her and only new her a short time she made my day full of laughter condolences to John and all the family.


Lynn and Dave Lowe

You made us laugh and now we cry but you always said it how it was and we love you for your honesty. We will miss you loads but we will never forget you. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel RIP, lovely lady. Love Lynn and Dave xx


Julie Smith

Thoughts and prayers for your family. So many stories and memories! Rest in peace my friend.


Madaline & Alex Wood

Thinking of you all at this very sad time and sending lots of love. A lovely lady gone but not forgotten.


Elaine Pye

Rip Trish , thinking of all your family today x you were amazing lady and was with me on some of my darkest days, I couldn’t have gotten through them without you 36 years ago I was so blessed you were working that day you really made me the mum I am today xx


Sharon Price

We first met Trisha 30 years ago when she looked after my daughter Natalie who was 16 months old and diagnosed with diabetes. She was amazing not only as a nurse but the person she was when she wasn’t at work. We spent 5 weeks in hospital the first time and Trisha was so good at keeping our spirits up and doing all she could to help us. We were in and out of hospital many times over the years and each time we were comforted to see our favourite nurse. We would see her out shopping and always had a chat and a laugh, she had a wicked sense of humour. All my family loved her. Years later the tables were turned when she was a patient on a ward I worked on. Instant recognition of her and her spikey red hair. She was an inspiration to me and I’m so grateful we got to meet we still to this day talk about Trisha from paediatrics an angel on earth. Rest in peace my friend your family must be so proud of you and the legacy you leave behind xxxx


Jack Booth

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Trisha. She was my favourite nurse when I was 7 years old on the children’s ward. I was there for some time and Trisha helped me every step of the way. I am now 25 and Trisha truly is one of the reasons I am here writing this. I still have a photo of me and Trish that I’ll forever cherish. My love and condolence to all her family and friends. X