Funeral Service



Service Details:
Due to current restrictions a private family funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium. The service will be live streamed for anyone who is unable to attend. Please follow the login details to watch the service online: website: Username Zihi3958 Password 367025

Stephen Johnson






Unexpectedly on the 16th September at home, Stephen aged 77 years.
Loving dad to Paul, Gerard and Ross, devoted grandad to Ebony, Ellie and Daniel, a caring father-in-law, and a dear friend to many.
Steve worked for many years at Emerson & Renwick, up until his retirement on his 65th birthday. Even busier afterwards, he pursued his passions. He loved to sing and was a long-time member of several local choirs. An active man, he enjoyed his daily walks and ran the local badminton club. For the community, he was past Chairman and Treasurer for the Accrington District Probus Club. Selfless, he would be the first to offer help to anyone. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him.

Family flowers only please; donations in memory of Stephen are being gratefully received on behalf of WaterAid via the donate button below.

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

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MESSAGES for the family of Stephen Johnson

Jack & Betty Townsend

A True Friend, Rest in peace.

Jack Standen
I only knew Steve later in life, but in that time I found him to be a true gentleman who lived life to the fullest.

Cate Willis and Family
Thinking of you and sending our love.


I am still in awe of your ability to put people at ease and welcome them. You carried on the spirit of the badminton club right through lockdown with your emails and jokes. You are already missed.

Kathleen Barnes
I worked closely with Stephen for over six years as an Accrington District Probus committee member. He worked tirelessly for the club & he will be sadly missed.

David and Christine Cockett (Probus)
We all will miss Steve’s infectious enthusiasm for everything in which he was involved

Robert Westwell
I have known Stephen for many years starting at Emerson and Renwick then after we have both retired at the Sports Centre. He was a lovely man liked by us all and so upbeat. I will miss him on our regular meet ups at various places. I am sure you miss him so do I but have happy memories.

Judith Helen Addison
Your Father lived life to the full and will be fondly remembered by many in singing, sporting and community circles.

Craig Woods
I worked with Steve for many years at Emerson & Renwick. He was one of the nicest Guy’s I’ve ever met and worked with. He will be remembered for his cheerful attitude to life and will be dearly missed. He was a real credit to your family.

David & Karen Arkwright
I knew ‘SJ’ for many years at Emerson & Renwick. Always a pleasure to work with him professionally (I’ve never met anyone with such an organised mind and such total recall of the most trivial item for our equipment!). After his retirement, my wife and I often crossed paths with SJ in town and enjoyed a short chat about the good old days! Please accept our sincere condolences for a lovely person.

Glenys Latham
As current chair of The Hyndburn Singers I send our condolences on behalf of all choir members. Steve will be sadly missed. He was an energetic choir member who always had time for everyone. He will be sadly missed and when restrictions lessen and we are allowed to sing again, we will raise a song to Steve, a true gentleman.

John and Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth and I met Steve at the Hyndburn Singers Choir when he joined us approximately five years ago. He made a great contribution to the success of the Choir and the Bass section in particular. He will be sorely missed! ade a tremendous contribution to the Choir and the Bass section in partIcularly and he will be sorely missed. He was obviously very involved in many different organisation and contributed greatly to the success of anything he was involved with. It has been a privilege to have known him.

Christine and Mick Ashton
A lovely man who will be very sadly missed. Funny, friend, generous, interesting, interested, lovely are some of the words that describe Steve. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Paul Rudman
I met your Dad 20 years ago at Haslingden Choir, and later at Hyndburn and Pendle.He was always generous with his time and provided help and music tracks for so many.. Thanks Steve for all your help and your lifts. You will be greatly missed.

Alison Walsh
Steve, what can I say about Steve? He was kind, caring, considerate, helpful, happy, funny and friendly, in fact every nice word in the English dictionary would describe Steve. He always had time for you and was completely selfless. I will always remember our chats over the garden wall, the songs we sang many from the sixties, the films we watched munching on a box of chocolates, and the times we sat in the sunshine with a pot of tea whilst Steve would read me articles of interest from the newspaper. They were extremely happy times and I know how privileged I was to have him as my friend and neighbour. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Sending all my love to you as you embark on your final journey. Night, night God Bless x

The Cooperage
To the King of the Cooperage from all your friends and neighbours. You will be sadly missed Steve but never forgotten. A lovely gentleman. Our loss is Gods gain. Night, night God Bless xx

Maureen Mullen
I met Steve through Hyndburn Singers and it was a pleasure to know him. He was a true gentleman, always willing to help and he will be sadly missed. RIP Steve x

Paul Hooper (Badminton)

Steve was brilliant and will be sadly missed by all the Stacks Badminton players, he ran the club effortlessly, and when he was in Australia on holiday a few years back I ran it for 2 weeks and it was quite stressful and time consuming making sure the books were balanced and everyone had paid as we are all old and some forget to pay. so, I more than most appreciate what he did. he also paid all the bills, did the yearly accounts, purchased the shuttlecocks and organised the xmas competitions and buffet every year and much more. also, not a bad badminton player. I had many great games partnering Steve against some of the best players in the club and I know he was very happy if we won.
Julie Townson

I have known Stephen for many years since standing in for David on occasions at the Accrington Male Voice choir rehearsals. It was a great pleasure to meet up with him again both at Pendle Youth choir and of course when I became MD at the Arion Male Voice Choir. Stephen has always been a friendly, kind and extremely capable team member. He has always given 100% in his commitment to the choir both in week to week rehearsals and in the choir’s longer term plans. He was a constant source of advice and assistance and nothing was too much trouble. It doesn’t seem long since he was wrapped up in his thermals in my garden hut, cataloguing huge amounts of PYC music for us. Stephen was a true gentleman and I will miss him greatly. “May the choirs of angels come to greet you; may they speed you to paradise.”