Funeral Service

Time: 12.20pm

Date: Monday 27th April 2020

Service Details:
A private family funeral service will be held. The ceremony is being streamed live and can be watched via this link :- visit user name: accrington1037 password:779266

Patrick Gibbons

Peacefully at home with his loving wife and sons around him, Patrick aged 66 years.
His unique personality made him a much loved husband, father, brother and grandad.
A wonderful and loving husband to Shelagh, her best friend and soul mate for over forty years.
A very proud father of his 2 lovely sons, James and Anthony who thank him for his love, care and guidance throughout their lives.
A generous and caring brother to Anthony,who shared some “interesting and entertaining times”.
His grandchildren, Corrina, Sonny and Nico, who he adored have very happy memories of a “cute” grandad.
His humour and storytelling brought a huge amount of laughter to his family, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews and friends.
We will miss you Patrick

If anyone would like to make a donation in memory of Patrick, these are being gratefully received on behalf on Macmillan Cancer Support, please donate by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

Please feel free to send a message for the family of Patrick Gibbons, they may wish to read them out at the service and some will be published below the form here.

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MESSAGES for Patrick Gibbons


Craig Rawcliffe

Our front door faces Pat & Shelagh’s and we would often meet Pat on the driveway and pass the time of day. He was a lovely, friendly man with a wicked sense of humour and we couldn’t have wished for a better neighbour. I for one will miss putting the world to rights with him. God bless Pat.


Mary Welsby nee Dolan

We met up infrequently mainly at family funerals,, the last time was at Auntie Annies funeral last Summer where although you were ill you were your usual self always fun to be with. Rest in Peace Patrick.


Chris Pitt

Another of the good guys gone. Sincere condolences to Shelagh and family.


Julie and Arthur Drain

We smile when we say your name. We laugh at the many happy times we shared. You’ve left an indelible imprint in our memories. R.I.P Patrick.
Your ‘favourite’ Sister in Law Julie and Drinking Buddy Arthur.


Tim Okane

Sad to hear of the passing of my lifelong friend Pat Gibbons. We were schoolmates at St Mary’s college Blackburn and we were both drinking mates at the Greyhound and we played on the same quiz teams over the years, notably winning a trophy playing for the local Conservative Club which we kept quiet about.He married Shelagh in the 1970’s and both his lads James and Anthony kept the Irish Catholic traditions alive and well locally. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of sport and if you wanted to know what won the Grand National in any given year he wouldn’t just name the horse but the horses trainer, jockey, weight, starting odds, stable and stable boy. He enjoyed all types of sport and I went with him to watch an international rugby league match between the Republic of Ireland and Moldova. As it was an international, both teams had to have their national anthems played. The organisers had booked a Scottish pipe band who didn’t know the music for Danny Boy. Patrick quipped. “Well the Moldovan anthem should be a doddle. “

He took an avid interest in politics and was nobody’s fool, always telling it straight. He signed my nomination papers for council in 1996 and said he had a hold on me ever since. He was great company to be with and my late father always asked after him whenever we were out together.
Pat had a million tales to tell and I loved every one of them. My favourite was probably the one where he had left his van at a garage in Blackburn to be serviced and called round to pick it up.first of all he was told it wasn’t ready yet and they were waiting for a replacement immobiliser. Three days later they told him the van had been stolen. Pat quite rightly asked how anyone could steal an immobilised van. Three days after that and the police had found his van dumped in Manchester and returned it to him. When he opened the back of the van there were a number of empty jewel boxes. The van had been used to rob a jewellery store in Cheetham Hill.

He had very eclectic tastes in music and supported local music whenever he could. I used to enjoy winding him up asking questions about Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep and Agadoo instead of Pink Floyd and Bowie. Pat was a devoted family man and he doted on his children and grandchildren. It was heartbreaking to see him in poor health recently but he is at rest in some pretty esteemed company right now. Clayton has lost one of its true characters but heaven has surely gained an enormous asset.


Jim Duxbury

Dear Patrick.
Thank you for being my best chum all my life, I have so many happy memories of you.
As you know I love you and will miss you terribly.
With all my love to Shelagh, the boys and all the family xxx Jim


James and Sarah Scott

Happy memories of a cousin and good friend. Always the comedian even when the going got tough.
We will miss you Patrick. Our heartfelt sympathies to Shelagh and family, also Patrick’s brother Anthony and his family. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
James, Sarah and family.


Maria Caulfield

Patrick thankyou for being my brother in law. Thankyou for making my lovely sister happy. Thankyou for being the best Father
Christmas ever at our family get togethers. You were your own man Patrick and we admired you for it. RIP Maria and Michael


John and Christine Robinson

Although it has been a good few years since we were together, without you and Shelagh, Chris and I would never have met back in 1978. We’ve good memories of those times, particularly your quick wit and sense of humour alongside Shelagh’s ever-present calming influence. You’ll be sorely missed by all who knew you. Sincere condolences to Shelagh and all the family.


Nuala Duxbury
I’m so glad to have known you, Patrick, and will treasure the memories of the fun times with you and Shelagh – lots of laughter, music and such interesting conversations.
Lot of love to Shelagh and the boys and all the family – from Nuala xxxx


Patricia Taylor

I am a cousin of yours now living in Adelaide, Australia. Our families were the closest I have ever known. I am so sorry to hear that you have passed on. May you rest in peace. My brother James Scott was a good friend of yours and always talked highly of you. Best wishes to all family members. Trish.


Hannah Caulfield

I will always remember Patrick for his unique character and brilliant smile. I spent many happy hours as a child with Anthony and James in Shelagh and Patrick’s home and am thankful for all of the years Patrick has been part of my life. In the short time Patrick was able to get to know William he made a huge impression on him too. He was a larger than life uncle and great uncle who made a great impact on our lives.
Will says, when Warrington are playing again, he’ll dedicate a try to you!
We will miss you, Hannah and William x


Geraldine Concannon

Message for Patrick Gibbons sincere sympathy’s to great friend, a character and a gentleman. From Geraldine, Johnny and family Concannon. RIP he’ll be sadly missed


Anne & Peter Moran

Dear Patrick – whenever we met you were always the same “Patrick’. You reminded us so much of your Dad – our Uncle Tony – a man with a big personality and a big heart. You too were a big personality and had a very kind heart Patrick.

You were always so quick witted, an expert at ‘taking the p**s ‘ in a nice way and a great story teller. We always appreciated you visiting our Mum, especially when she was so poorly because you always – without fail – left her smiling as you always did whenever we met you – that is a wonderful gift to have.

We last met at our Mum’s funeral in August last year. You were obviously poorly but you were still the same Patrick – still ‘taking the p**s’ in a nice way, still telling a great story and still leaving us with a smile.

It is obviously a very sad time for Sheelagh and all your immediate family and your many friends and we send them our condolences but we are sure you will leave them with many happy memories of the good times you had together and for just being Patrick. – a man with a big personality and a big heart. Love and best wishes and thank you for everything. Anne & Pete


Cathy Burrows

Rest in peace Patrick, cherished memories of your visits to Westport, you always had a smile and great wit. Love to Shelagh and the boys from your Walsh cousins xx


Margaret & Roger Sumner

A true character and a dear husband, dad and grandad, you will be so sadly missed by your family and friends but will be forever in their hearts. Our thoughts are with Shelagh and all your loved ones at this sad time. Rest in peace Patrick.


Paul Moran

He would light up the room when he came in. Sadly the light has gone out, but that warm glow you get from that generated heat will stay with me forever.


Carol Farmer

I’ve known Patrick and Shelagh as far back as the Oozehead day’s 1970’s lots of good memories, from them getting married to having the boys, Pat used to bring the boys to my house to have their hair cut and as the years went by , Pat and Shelagh still visited me.
One funny little quip Patrick once said as I was shampooing his hair was “it’s the next best thing to adultery” he had a way with words, so querky and funny so ad lib.
Patrick you’ll be sadly missed by a lot of people who loved you.
Love and heartfelt condolences to a lovely friend Shelagh and family, it’s a sad loss today of a good husband dad grandad and friend.
God bless
Love Carol


Josephine and John Smith

Thinking of you all and sending our condolences,

Patrick was a fun loving man, who showed great bravery during his long illness.
Rest in Peace Patrick.


John & Breege Walsh

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the gibbons family on your loss.
During these surreal times we are very sorry we are unable to be with you in these difficult times. but we are with ye in spirit. Thinking of ye.
kind regards The Walsh Family.