Accrington Observer - - OBITUARIES -


MR An­thony Joseph Cal­laghan, of Aspen Lane, Oswaldtwistle, passed away on Fri­day, March 30, aged 77.

An­thony was a prop­erty re­pairer by trade and in his spare time he en­joyed walk­ing, cricket and was a sup­porter of Ar­se­nal Foot­ball Club. He also liked so­cial­is­ing at the week­end with friends.

He leaves wife, Laura, chil­dren Dean, Ja­son and Tina, and seven grand­chil­dren, Dy­lan, Joel, Charlotte, Sam, So­phie, De­clan and Chloe.

A funeral ser­vice will take place at 11am on Tues­day, April 17, Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, of­fi­ci­ated by David Ire­land, fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, how­ever do­na­tions, if de­sired, re­quested to Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

Funeral di­rec­tor: Peter Re­gan, Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices.


MR Derek Ward, of Gar­den Street, Ac­cring­ton, passed away on Thurs­day, March 29, aged 85.

Derek was born and raised in Ac­cring­ton, where he at­tended Spring Hill Ju­nior School and later went on to the tech­ni­cal col­lege in Oswaldtwistle. On leaving full-time ed­u­ca­tion he started his first job, as an ap­pren­tice joiner, at Ac­cring­ton builders, Leonard Fran­k­lands.

When he was 21 he did his Na­tional ser­vice in the Army, first in Ch­ester and then later in Manor­bier, South Wales. Fol­low­ing his Na­tional Ser­vice he re­turned to Ac­cring­ton to re­sume join­ery. Four years later he started at Post Of­fice Tele­phones (BT) where he worked for 28 years be­fore tak­ing early re­tire­ment in 1988.

Derek leaves his lov­ing wife Elsie to whom he was mar­ried for 64 years, daugh­ter Chris­tine, son Keith, grand­son Andrew, granddaughter Joanne, great-grand­sons Jaxon and Cobi, daugh­ter-in-law Kath and son-in-law Jim.

In the late 1950s Derek helped to form the Boys’ Bri­gade com­pany at Spring Hill Methodist Church and was in­volved with them for a good num­ber of years. For the last few years of his ser­vice he was cap­tain and af­ter­wards was fre­quently in­vited back to at­tend spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

Derek was a fam­ily man and through­out the gen­er­a­tions has loved noth­ing more than play­ing games, read­ing and mak­ing things with them.

Derek loved all kinds of mu­sic, he played the pi­ano and or­gan and he played for church ser­vices at the New Jerusalem Church, Ac­cring­ton. He also played his own or­gan at home, where he played al­most ev­ery day un­til his fail­ing health pre­vented him from do­ing so.

He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the New Jerusalem Church and for many years was Sec­re­tary of the Christ­mas Fayre Com­mit­tee.

Derek was a DIY man and did most of the jobs around the home him­self un­til he got older and then he would hap­pily su­per­vise any­one else who was will­ing to carry out a job to his ex­act­ing stan­dards. He al­ways did a good job and any­one fol­low­ing his in­struc­tions knew it had to be per­fect. His shed was al­ways tidy, a place for every­thing and every­thing in its place.

Derek was a joker and a mimic and would hap­pily en­ter­tain any group who were will­ing to lis­ten. He would also tell many of his own lit­tle jokes which he learned from joke books which the grand­chil­dren had bought him. He would per­form his own one-man band, with all the sound of the in­stru­ments from his lips and fin­gers, to the amuse­ment of his fam­ily.

Derek was a very proud man and would rarely be seen away from the house with­out a col­lar, tie and shiny shoes. He will be sadly missed by all his fam­ily and friends.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held at 3.40pm on Mon­day, April 16, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, of­fi­ci­ated by David Ire­land, fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion.

Fam­ily flow­ers only, do­na­tions if de­sired re­quested to Ac­tion for Chil­dren, c/o Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices, Queen Road Ac­cring­ton. Funeral Di­rec­tor: Peter Re­gan. MR Robert Tay­lor, of Nether­ton House, Clay­ton Street, Great Har­wood, passed away on Fri­day, March 30, aged 82.

Dur­ing his ca­reer he was em­ployed as a pro­duc­tion man­ager – Footwear Progress Chaser for Pri­est­ley Footwear Ltd in Great Har­wood.

Robert was a keen pho­tog­ra­pher and in the early 1980s was a mem­ber of the pho­tog­ra­phy club in Great Har­wood. He was very artis­tic en­joy­ing oil and wa­ter­colour paint­ing and had his pieces dis­played at Ha­worth Art Gallery.

He en­joyed out­door crown green bowl­ing, but un­for­tu­nately was un­able to con­tinue due to ill health. His pride and joy was his car. He loved spend­ing time with his loyal friends for lunch, shop­ping trips and days out and trips to Riv­ing­ton Barn, along with so­cial­is­ing with many friends, par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous so­cial oc­ca­sions and ac­tiv­i­ties at Nether­ton House.

A beloved fa­ther, fa­ther-in-law, Grand­fa­ther and Great Grand­fa­ther, he was also Brother and loyal friend to ‘Big Bob’ and Joyce.

He will be dearly missed and happy mem­o­ries will be cher­ished forever ‘love you al­ways Dad xxx’

A funeral ser­vice will take place at 1pm on Tues­day, April 17, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, ad­min­is­tered by David Ire­land, fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion. Flow­ers are wel­comed.

Funeral Di­rec­tor: Peter Re­gan, Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices.


DR Dhaneshwar Prasad Sharma passed away peace­fully in Royal Black­burn Hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day, April 4, aged 86.

He was the beloved hus­band of Kal­pana, lov­ing dad of Neil, fa­ther-in-law of Sarah and Gran­dad of Maya.

A funeral ser­vice will be held at 3pm on Mon­day, April 16, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, fol­lowed by com­mit­tal.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, but do­na­tions, if de­sired may be made to East Lancs Hos­pice c/o Co-op Funer­al­care, 10-14 Minc­ing Lane, Black­burn.


MR Harry Dean, of Rams­bot­tom Street, Ac­cring­ton, passed away on Fri­day, March 30, at East Lan­cashire Hos­pice, aged 90.

He served in the RAF in In­dia and Aden from 1946 to 1948.

Upon leaving, he worked as a cashier, be­fore be­com­ing a sales­man, and then pro­moted to sales di­rec­tor for Wil­liam Birtwistle Al­lied M/Hills up un­til 1980.

He then moved on to work at Ac­cring­ton VAT Of­fice where he re­mained prior to re­tire­ment.

He was a keen mem­ber of Great Har­wood Golf Club. His hob­bies and in­ter­ests in­cluded foot­ball, cricket, snooker and es­pe­cially golf.

Beloved hus­band of Mar­garet, dearly loved dad and fa­ther-in-law of Janet and Dan, cher­ished gran­dad of Fleur and the late Adam and a good friend to Lee.

A funeral ser­vice will take place at 9.40am on Fri­day, April 20, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, ad­min­is­tered by San­dra Howles, fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion.

Flow­ers from close fam­ily only please, how­ever do­na­tions, if de­sired, sug­gested to Macmil­lan Nurses and East Lancs Hos­pice.

Funeral Di­rec­tor: Wol­sten­holme Funeral Ser­vices.


CHRIS­TINE Mayor née Barnes, of Clay­ton-leMoors, for­merly of Hun­coat, passed away peace­fully in hos­pi­tal with her daugh­ter by her side on Thurs­day, April 5, aged 60.

Chris­tine worked for the last 14 years as a do­mes­tic at St Christo­pher’s High School and worked her way up to man­ager. She loved her work and made many good friends over the years.

Chris­tine loved horses and in her younger years she loved noth­ing more than throw­ing on her best rid­ing wear to take part in the lat­est horse com­pe­ti­tion and she was known to win many and she had a large col­lec­tion of rosettes and tro­phies.

A life­long Manch­ester United fa­natic, Chris­tine loved to keep up-to-date with her beloved team and never failed to watch a match and spent many hours at Old Traf­ford sup­port­ing them.

Chris­tine loved her dogs and she leaves be­hind her pre­cious husky Rio. A proud grandma, Chris­tine al­ways looked for­ward to spend­ing time with her grand­chil­dren.

The de­voted and much-loved mum of Ni­cola and lov­ing mother-in-law of Sarah, cher­ished grandma of Ri­ley, Ma­cie and Os­car, dear sis­ter of Martin and sis­ter-in-law of Elaine and also a dear rel­a­tive and friend to many.

Chris­tine’s funeral ser­vice will take place at 11am on Mon­day, April 16, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, Burnley Road.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please with do­na­tions in mem­ory of Chris­tine via­may­or039s­fu­neral

En­quiries to: Champ Funeral Ser­vices, Clay­tonle-Moors.


MRS Eve­lyn Lodge, of Altham Care Home, Altham, passed away on Fri­day, March 23, aged 90.

Eve­lyn lived in Rich­mond Hill Street with her late sis­ter Edith. She at­tended Hyn­d­burn Park School. In 1950 Eve­lyn met her hus­band-to-be Ge­orge, whilst danc­ing at the Ac­cring­ton Con­ser­va­tive Club - they were mar­ried for 67 years.

Eve­lyn worked as an of­fice clerk be­fore mov­ing on to work at Marks and Spencer for sev­eral years. Be­fore re­tir­ing she worked at GEC in Clay­ton-le Moors.

She was a quiet per­son who liked to look af­ter her fam­ily, read, watch foot­ball and rugby. She en­joyed go­ing on hol­i­days around the UK, one of her favourite places be­ing Whitby.

Wife of the late Ge­orge, Eve­lyn leaves her sons Stuart and Bryan, daugh­ter Janet, son-in-law Paul and daugh­ter-in-law Vicki. She also leaves grand­chil­dren Lisa, Sarah, Neil, Hamid, Amir and Sarah and great-grand­chil­dren James, Jake and Isla.

A funeral ser­vice will take place at 11am on Mon­day, April 23, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, ad­min­is­tered by Rev G N Higham.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, how­ever do­na­tions, if de­sired, sug­gested to Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

Funeral di­rec­tor: Peter Re­gan, Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices.


MR Barry Allen, of St Ledger Court, Ac­cring­ton, passed away un­ex­pect­edly at home on Thurs­day, April 5, aged 71.

In his early years Barry be­came an en­gi­neer in Clitheroe and also worked for var­i­ous schools there. He then took on the role of land­lord at the Kings Arms in Ac­cring­ton, be­fore work­ing as a care­taker at Ac­cring­ton and Rossendale Col­lege and Moorhead High School.

He later be­came land­lord of The Arden Inn up un­til his re­tire­ment. He then worked as a ste­ward at Black­burn Rovers Foot­ball Club.

Dur­ing his time as a land­lord he was chair­man of the Hyn­d­burn in­de­pen­dent pool league and greatly en­joyed pool, darts and domi­noes; he also ran trips to the races at Cart­mel and was well known for recycling and re-telling other peo­ple’s jokes.

In his spare time and dur­ing his re­tire­ment he also took plea­sure in go­ing away on hol­i­day to Tener­ife, as well as to the fam­ily car­a­van at Fleet­wood and when he was younger ran for Hash House Har­ri­ers.

Barry sadly leaves his de­voted and dearly-loved wife Mar­ion, his muchloved step-chil­dren Mark and Becky, also his dear sis­ters, sis­ter-in-laws, brother-in-laws and nieces and neph­ews.

His funeral ser­vice will be held at 3pm, on Wed­nes­day, April 18, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, but do­na­tions are wel­come for Rose­mere Can­cer Foun­da­tion in mem­ory of Barry c/o Bar­ton and Hall­worth Funeral Ser­vice, Oswaldtwistle.


Ac­cring­ton, sadly passed away on Mon­day, April 9, aged 56.

In her youth Gayle at­tended Hollins High School and later worked for Wood­cocks So­lic­i­tors for about 13 years be­fore work­ing in the Arn­dale Cen­tre for a few years af­ter­wards.

Gayle loved an­i­mals so she en­joyed vis­it­ing wildlife parks, sa­fari parks and zoos as well as hor­ti­cul­tural shows, in­clud­ing the Great Har­wood show.

She took plea­sure in go­ing out for day trips with her fam­ily to the sea­side, es­pe­cially Black­pool where she liked the slot ma­chines, she also liked vis­it­ing mu­se­ums.

She loved go­ing away on hol­i­day and has vis­ited many places in­clud­ing France, Tener­ife, Mar­maris, Greece, Bul­garia and Benidorm.

In her spare time she en­joyed colour­ing and art as well as go­ing on oc­ca­sional spe­cial spa days.

Gayle will be very sadly missed by all her fam­ily and friends.

Gayle was the muchloved mum of Re­becca, Charlotte, Brian, Ge­off, Gareth and Derek, a trea­sured grandma of Is­abella, Jes­sica, Jack­son, Charlotte, Reece, Nicole and Court­ney, a dear sis­ter of Brian, Dave, De­bra and Julie, a lov­ing part­ner of Alan and a best friend of Daisy the Dog.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice will take place at 12.20pm, on Mon­day, April 16, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, but do­na­tions are wel­come and may be sent in mem­ory of Gayle for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port c/o Bar­ton and Hall­worth Funeral Ser­vice, The Old Fox­hill, 136-8 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle.


MR Stephen Ger­ald Sin­gle­ton sadly passed away sur­rounded by his fam­ily and friends af­ter a brave battle on Sun­day, April 8.

Keep­ing his sense of hu­mour through­out, he was a lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, brother and friend to many.

He will be greatly missed, rest peace­fully, pain free.

The funeral ser­vice will take place at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium on Tues­day, April 17 at 10.20am.

Do­na­tions to East Lan­cashire Hos­pice.

The funeral ar­range­ments will be looked af­ter by Rosie Ann Pri­est­ner at Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices.

GAYLE Ann Tay­lor, of Plan­ta­tion Road,

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