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MR Fran­cis Bur­rell died peace­fully at Hope House in the early hours of Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29, aged 81.

Frank, as he was known, was di­ag­nosed with late on­set Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease ear­lier this year which he suf­fered with dig­nity and ac­cep­tance.

He was born and lived most of his life in Ac­cring­ton and at­tended St Mary’s Col­lege, Black­burn, af­ter which he did his Na­tional Ser­vice in Ger­many with the Royal Sig­nals.

He had sev­eral cler­i­cal jobs, the last one be­ing at Lu­cas Aerospace in Burn­ley.

He en­joyed long coun­try walks, lis­ten­ing to modern jazz and played drums with a jazz group in his younger days, play­ing at venues here and in Spain. He was a reg­u­lar visi­tor to the sick and el­derly.

How­ever, the joy and main­stay of his life was his Ro­man Catholic faith. He at­tended Mass daily from his re­tire­ment un­til very re­cently.

He was an ex­cel­lent per­son, a true gen­tle­man and a faith­ful and gen­er­ous friend to many. His life was de­voted to help­ing oth­ers and he was a so­cia­ble and car­ing man.

He leaves his sis­ter Cather­ine, broth­erin-law Harry, neph­ews Adam and Do­minic, niece Dag­mar, great-nieces and neph­ews and many, many friends.

Re­quiem Mass will be held on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9, at St Joseph’s Church, Bel­garth Road, Ac­cring­ton at 10am fol­lowed by in­ter­ment at Ac­cring­ton Ceme­tery. Fam­ily flow­ers only please but do­na­tions may be made the to the MR An­to­nio Villa died peace­fully at home on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, aged 78.

Tony, as he was known, was a dearly beloved and loving hus­band of Gina, de­voted dad of Antony and daugh­ter-in-law Tracy, loving grandad of Gabrielle and Ge­orge and also a beloved brother-in­law.

An­to­nio left his na­tive Naples at a young age to find his for­tune. His jour­ney took him around the world, where he worked on cruise ships, in many top class ho­tels, un­til he met his wife Ge­orgina whilst they were both work­ing in Switzer­land in the 1960s. He then set­tled in the UK.

Tony was known through his tenures at The Brew­ers Arms in Black­burn, The Spread Ea­gle in Mel­lor, Sparth Manor in Clay­ton-le-Moors and most no­tably, his own take­away, To­nis in Great Har­wood.

He was a man that, what­ever you thought of him, you could never for­get. Be it his bright clothes, his loud laugh or his big per­son­al­ity.

Tony beat the odds. When he was di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal cancer, he was given six months, 18 months later, he was can­cer­clear, but un­for­tu­nately life isn’t that clear cut and he passed away peace­fully at his home on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

His funeral will be held at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, Burn­ley Road, on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7 at 1pm.

His wife Gina and son Antony thank all of you who were MR Robert Clark, of Grafton Av­enue, Bax­en­den, passed away on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19, aged 57.

He worked as a carer and a was big fan of Ever­ton Foot­ball Club.

Mr Clark was ‘sports mad’ and en­joyed foot­ball, cricket and run­ning.

Son of the late James and Gla­dys Clark, he leaves broth­ers Kevin and Craig Clark, sis­ter Elsie Clark, niece Kerry Davies and her hus­band Alex.

A funeral ser­vice will be held at 9am on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium with no re­cep­tion af­ter­wards. Flow­ers wel­come. Funeral direc­tor: Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices, Queens Road, Ac­cring­ton.


MAU­REEN Mor­gan was a cook at Well­field Res­i­den­tial Home.

She loved to read and en­joyed days out with her fam­ily and hol­i­days, es­pe­cially her trips to Cape Town to visit her el­dest son and fam­ily.

She also loved to spend time with her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

She was the wife of the late Alf and mother of John, David, Wendy, Lynda, Julie and the late Barry and Mark. She was also mother-in-law of Mar­garet, Diane, Richard, Martin and Richard. Mau­reen had 10 grand­chil­dren and 10 great­grand­chil­dren.

The funeral ser­vice will be held at 3pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, ad­min­is­tered by the Rev Ian Ley.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, how­ever do­na­tions, if de­sired, to Di­a­betes UK.

Funeral direc­tor: Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices, Queens Road. MRS Grace Rigby, of Hen­ley House Res­i­den­tial Home, died on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25, aged 96.

Grace worked on the fam­ily farm at Lower Holker House Farm, Altham un­til she was mar­ried, then was a full-time house­wife and mum.

She was the youngest of four chil­dren and sis­ter to the late Thomas, Jack and Edith.

Grace loved ball­room danc­ing with her hus­band and, later on with her friends, hol­i­days in the south of Eng­land and Black­pool.

She also en­joyed bak­ing and loved to spend time with her grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren.

Grace was the wife of the late Frank, mother to Sheila, mother-in-law to Alec, grandma of San­dra and Diane, much thought of fam­ily mem­ber of Bill, great-grandma of Jake and John, and aun­tie of Avis and Peter.

The funeral ser­vice, con­ducted by David Ire­land, fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion, will be held on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6 at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium at 11am.

Fam­ily flow­ers only with do­na­tions to the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

Funeral di­rec­tors: Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vice.

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