Funeral Service

Time: 12.20pm

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Service Details:
A private family funeral service will be held at Charnock Richard Crematorium. For all those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed please use the login details below. Login / Order ID: 73288 Password: fwdxqbdz

William James Rainford – Bill

On 21st January 2021 peacefully in hospital, Bill, aged 90 years of Penwortham. The dearly beloved husband of Maureen, much loved dad of Karen and son in law David, loving grandad of Kaylie, Thomas and Conner and great grandad of Tiana, Laila, George and Fred.

Bill spent his working life at Leyland Motors as a tool maker, really enjoying his work, Bill made many friends there over the years. Bill loved people and being in company and would talk to anyone. At his happiest on his cruiser, they spent every holiday and weekend from Easter to October on the canal, making so many happy memories for Karen growing up. Bill and Maureen also loved travelling, cruising and their holidays in Benidorm. A keen train enthusiast, Bill was most proud of his Hornby train set. He was a devoted and loving family man who loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be remembered for being a very lovely, kind and gentle man.

Donations are being received in memory of Bill on behalf of Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Please click the blue button link at the bottom of this page.

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

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MESSAGES for the family of William James Rainford – Bill


David & Jennifer Gerrard (N.B. ONCE IN A LIFETIME)

We have known Bill since about 1977-78 always a pleasure to meet him and talk. To us he was Mr Lancaster Canal his knowledge of the canal and boating was phenomenal. It was always the highlight of our recent trips to see him and Maureen at the Savick Brook Locks. PS When I clean my heat plugs on my BMC 1.5 I will always think of BILL for he taught me about the use of a 5/16 drill to clean the carbon residue away.


David and Jean Peet

In loving memory of our Brother-in-Law Bill, he will be sadly missed.


Cliff & Pat Fazackerey

Hi Maureen – very sorry to hear of your loss, Bill will be remembered always for all the work he did on the waterways.