Funeral Service

Time: Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Date: 12.00

Service Details:
A private family funeral service will be held. The funeral will be live streamed at Accrington Crematorium at 1.00pm for those who cannot attend. Please use the login details below Website Username Peze5274 Password 367604

Steven James Driver ‘Steve’

On 11th December 2020 whilst in remission from Lymphoma Steve died suddenly and unexpectedly in hospital from a secondary illness, aged 54.
Steve was the loving husband of Judith, proud dad to Jess, Milly and the late Matthew, treasured Grumpa of Aria and Isabella, cherished son of Rosalie and the late Michael, beloved brother to David, Nicola and Lisa, as well as a much loved uncle, cousin and father in law, and a great friend to many.
Hailing from Great Harwood, Steve started out as an apprentice at Lucas in Burnley. Over the years Steve worked as a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer for several different companies both in the UK and overseas. He made lots of strong friendships through his vocation. Steve always had time for everyone and loved to talk about his hobbies such as classic cars, real ales and DIY.
A private family funeral service will be held.
Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Steve are being gratefully received on behalf of Lymphoma Action and Manchester Foundation Trust Charity via the donate button below.

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

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MESSAGES for the family of Steven James Driver ‘Steve’


Vicki Williams

Steve was much loved by all who knew him. He will be missed. Love to Judith & family x



Rest in peace ❤️


Sue Smithies and family

Sending love to you all on the loss of Steve. May your many happy memories of a lovely man with a great sense of humour give you comfort xx


Dawn Roberts

So sorry for your loss. There’s an extra star shining brightly in the sky looking over you all. Whilst it may be hard now I’m sure you have lots of wonderful memories to keep you smiling through the hard times. Huge hugs to all.


Josephine Atkinson

Steve was a truly lovely and genuine man. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.


Tracey Wyre

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this incredibly sad time. RIP



An absolute pleasure to know you Ste some good memories of you. Thinking of you all xx


Molly Bailey

This is such a difficult time for you all but I know how strong you are as a family and how proud Steve is of all of you. I am so sorry for your loss, and I really hope we can all see each other again up north next year to enjoy time as an extended family to honour and celebrate Steve.


Gina White

Always in our thoughts and prayers. Love Gina, Ken and family. X



Such a lovely man, who has left behind such an amazing and beautiful family. Rest in peace Steve ????


Max Robinson

A proper gentleman taken way, way too early. Rest in peace Steve.


Vicky Turner

Steve was a great guy, friendly and very easy going. Will miss having a pint in the forts. Condolences to the family.


Hilda and Kevin Arkell

Sending you all love and prayers


Sarah Hadley

Judith and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Steve was a lovely man, he had many a kind and supportive word for me when I lost Ade. Sending huge hugs to you all xxx


Vanessa x

R.I.PX you will be missed by many x



A friend to my mum and my in-laws, although I had never met you it felt like we were friends as you regularly commented on my pictures on Facebook of my baby son. You seemed so kind and thoughtful, and I’m so gutted that I never got to meet you in person. May you rest in eternal peace Steve. Condolences to all of your family and friends.


Jackie and Nic Rowbotham

A true gem, one in a million, with a massive heart, the friend we chose to become family, we will miss him terribly but lucky to have him in our lives, God bless steve x


Jimmy X

Judith, Jess and Milly, I’m so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the pain and sense of loss you must be feeling and going through. Steve / dad was lovely, generous person who saw the best in everyone. Always here for you. If you ever need someone to talk to please don’t hesitate. Sending my love to you all. X


Linda and Gary Bamber

True gent who I believe never gave up always laughing and joking. We’ll miss his funny stories on fb sending deepest condolences in our thoughts x


Michelle Cunliffe

I’m so sorry to hear of ur loss, Steven he was a true gent and had smile for everyone what a lovely gent Steven was he’s been taken too soon my thoughts are with his family.


Callum Hazlehurst

What a great guy, would do anything for anyone .. he will be missed dearly ❤️


Gaenor Bridges

God Bless Steve and love to all your family who will truly miss you.


Stuart & Jackie Cairns

So sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.


Gill Corry

Thinking of you at this very very sad time!! Steve was one in a million and I will miss our weekly texts just checking in! Steve’s family meant the absolute world to him!! They say ‘they take the best too soon’ well they have taken a true diamond!! RIP Buddy xxxx


Si Ha

Great chap, caring, talented with his hands and one the most intelligent people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. RIP mate.


Abby Woolhouse

It was an absolute pleasure to have met Steve even if it was for a brief time at a mini show, ever the gentleman and always wanted to offer support, advice or help to whoever needed it. I feel privileged to have met him and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Sending condolences and thoughts to his family at this very sad time, it was a honour to have had the pleasure of meeting him.


Andrew Williams

I hope in this difficult time you are doing alright as I’m all too aware it’s easier said than done. Me and Abby both knew Steve through this passion for classic cars particularly the minis. Steve has passed both his excellent knowledge on to us both on many of occasion and also shown support for things we were doing of our own bat. He was a lovely man and his memory will live on with us both I hope this brings you just a little comfort in the current time of great sadness. He is a fave we will miss and I will miss talking too I hope to speak on the part of the mini community that if you need anything please let us know, yours Andrew and Abby.



My wonderful beautiful brother. Someone to go to for advice. Gave an honest opinion. Maybe not the one you wanted to hear. He was much like our Dad. If you asked the time, he’d tell you how the clock worked.. l wouldn’t have it any other way..I will treasure our childhood memories and hold on to them dearly. Good night and god bless. My Stevie


Tom Linklater

I Knew Steve for about 15 years, I first met him through my mum Christine who works at Harwood Baths and Steve came down to the newly opened gym and I became his gym instructor. Steve was a genuine nice guy who I talked to a lot in the gym when he would come in and we always had a good laugh. Every time I bumped in to Steve whether that be at the Baths, up queen Street, Tesco or at a restaurant he would always take the time to talk to me and my children, and have a laugh. He is a genuine Great Harwood Legend and will be sadly missed by not just me and my family, but a lot of people in our town. Rest in peace my friend


Andrea & Dave Wellock

Hug’s prayers and my sincere condolences , so very sad.


Rodney Tunstall

A great loss to the World, I’ve had many a great discussion with him over a pint in the Fort’s Arms. RIP Steve you will be missed.


Neil, Julie, Jodie and Matt

Steve will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. God bless you my friend.



Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with the driver family ! Steve was funny and always was able to put a smile on your face! Lovely man inside and out! RIP! Lots of love from the Hardicker family!



My big brother I’m going to miss you so very much you were always there whenever I needed you. You amazed me with your many talents, you had the kindest heart and would do anything for anyone. Hope you are having a well deserved drink with Dad and Matthew and looking down seeing how loved you were, love always Lisa xxx


Matt Clark

I had the pleasure of working with Steve at Roush, what a great man and friend. Sending love to his family.


Margaret (Dean), Dan and Janet (Stauder)

Our sincere condolences to all Steve’s family and to our friend and neighbour Rosalie, his Mum


Viv Forbes

Sending my condolences to you Judith, Jess and Milly. Steve was a good friend to all that knew him. He was a gentleman and it shone through that he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. God Bless And Rest in Peace Steve ❤️  xx


Julie and Craig

Such a shock our thoughts are with you Judith and family x


Sam Howson

I met Steve through the Mini groups on Facebook and got the chance to meet him in person at one of the Mini shows a few years ago, he had nothing but time for me. He wouldn’t hesitate to help out, he was such a genuine guy and the Mini community will definitely miss him greatly. Rest easy buddy.



My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Steve was a true gent and a great friend to many. He will be hugely missed. God speed xxx


Lewis Adshead

I met Steve when I started a contract with Ultra Electronics, he helped me massively as soon as we met – even getting me a room at the B & B he was staying at. He could never do enough to help me out and I will always be so grateful for that. We shared a passion for minis so we always had plenty to talk about. I’ll never forget going to the pub after work and being shocked that he already knew everyone in there and the staff knew him by name and exactly what he was drinking! People tended to gravitate to him. He was hugely experienced engineer who was really respected at work, he will be sorely missed by myself and everyone who knew him at Ultra. My thoughts are with the family who he talked about so much I almost feel like I know. All the very best.


Diane Graham

RIP Steve! Condolences to all the family. Lots of love Diane and Paul Graham. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Xxx


Craig Stephenson

Forgive me, I am living in Canada and I have only just heard the news… Steve and I went to the Parish School together and then St Christopher’s where we would often travel on the bus together – its been a long, long time since I last saw Steve (at the Park Hotel), but my memories of him remain strong – a kind and thoughtful soul. My sincerest condolences to his immediate family, mum, siblings, and friends.


Graham Jackson

I met Steve at a classic cars and coffee we got on immediately I was recovering from cancer and he insisted on giving me a lift home. He offered his skills as a design engineer for some structural mods to my classic car. I was gutted when he was diagnosed with cancer and supported him messaging throughout his treatment, he contributed on my cancer group. His passing came as a shock, he had fought through treatment came out the other side then to be taken by an illness. He was a true gentleman who would do anything to help and support others. My heart goes out to his family my thoughts are with you at this sad time. He will be in our memories for a long time. Rest in peace my friend.



Dear Family Driver, Shocked by your loss, I worked in the same cell as Steve and stayed in the same lodgings. We had many evening beers together, right up until the first lock down, Steve was a wonderful comrade – I will always remember him!


Sarah Kilbride

My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time xx


Cassandra Webster

My heart is broken for you all. Steve was an amazing gentleman, who loved his family with all his heart. He would light up the room with his kindness and the love he had for everyone. He will be missed and always remembered. Sending you all my deepest condolences.


Michelle Iddon

Rest in peace, it has been a pleasure to know you through Acme pantomime, St Barts church and scouting. You will be missed for all the hard work and love you shared with everyone you met. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family at this very sad time. X


The Maden Family

Thinking of you all at this difficult time and here for you if you need us. Lots of love, the Maden Family xx


Jess Browne

Dad/Pops/Grumpa/Trumpa I’m so so lucky to say you are my dad, I can honestly say you have been an amazing Dad to Milly and myself. You’ve made a lot of sacrifices for us over the years (working away, etc) you have had such a strong work ethic and yet still always had time for your family. I’m so proud of how you have fought Lymphoma and were completing your last few rounds ready for a party to celebrate your birthday and life. As a family we hope to still do this and celebrate your life and how incredibly proud we are of you. My girls will always grow up knowing about their amazing Grumpa and the precious time they spent with you. You will always be our “twinkle, twinkle little star” above our house watching over us. All our love, Your Big Girl, Amazing Aria and Beautiful Bella. xxx


Karen Bond

My thoughts are with Rosalie and the whole Driver family today. So very sad xx


Sara & Wez

A lovely man, never afraid to tell the world how much he loved his wife and daughters and also spoke proudly of his daughter’s chosen partners and the happiest Grumpa on this earth! Sleep peacefully. You will be missed more than you will ever know and by more people than you ever thought. With love and heartfelt sympathies to Judith and the family. xx


Jenette Scott

One true gentleman, a wonderful husband, loving dad and grandad , and a loyal and true friend. You will be so missed Steven by everyone who’s lives you touched. Xxxx



May you rest in peace my friend x


Madaline & Alex Wood

Sending condolences and love to all the family at this sad time ❤️


Helen and Stephen Harker

Steve was a lovely man who always had time to stop and talk. Thinking of you today – may you find the strength to face tomorrow in the love that surrounds you today.


John Shepherd

Steve will be missed by everyone that knew him. My thoughts are with you.


Joyce and Derrick Miller

Steven was such a friendly man our love and memories to you all our love and thoughts.



My love to all of you at this difficult time, Steve was a wonderful cousin and will miss his humour and hugs. X


Barry Marshall

Dear Judith and family, I cannot even begin to imagine how devastating it has been for you to lose Steve. In spite of everything this year, he had shown his characteristic, remarkable resilience and verve, and we all thought he had come through his battle with cancer. I speak for many when I say his death has been an utterly tragic and incalculable loss to the whole community of people who knew him and loved him. Paul Mulhall wanted me to say something on his behalf: “Baby you can drive my car! Love you Steve, rest easy matey x”. I could not have put it better myself. Rest in pease, Steve. Your spirit and the memories we all have of you will abide forever.


Lauren Westwell

Such a heartbreaking loss, one of the most supportive and kind people I’d had the pleasure of meeting. May you rest in peace Steve. Love from Mouse x


Zac Macnally

Hi I just to say how much of a nice guy Steven was , I shared a ward with just before he got moved, he was a brave man. He always talked about how much he loved his family and how much he missed them when he was in hospital. He was true gentleman and I was lucky to share a ward with him a couple of times, he become a very good friend.


Andy Fairweather

I worked with Steve for around 2 years up to the first lock down, lovely chap, always had time for everyone and very good at his job. It was clear his family meant the world to him with Minis a close second! My deepest condolences to his much loved family x