Accrington Observer - - OBITUARIES -


MRS An­nette Grimshaw, of Lons­dale Street, Ac­cring­ton died on Satur­day, June 16 at Royal Black­burn Hos­pi­tal aged 67.

She was re­tired. An­nette was a mem­ber of Ac­cring­ton Bik­ers Club. Her in­ter­ests in­cluded mo­tor­bikes and fam­ily.

She leaves son John Thomas Grimshaw, daugh­ter Karen Marie Chivers, son-in-law Stephen Chivers and grand­son Jamie John Chivers.

The funeral will take place on Wed­nes­day, July 4 at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium chapel at 10.20am fol­lowed by a burial at Ac­cring­ton Ceme­tery at 11am of­fi­ci­ated by Ken Howes.

Flow­ers wel­come. Funeral di­rec­tor: Wol­sten­holme Funeral Ser­vice.


MR Robert Worden, of St John’s Street, Great Har­wood, died sud­denly in hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent on Tues­day, June 5, aged 53.

Robert at­tended Peel Park Pri­mary School and then Hollins Sec­ondary School in Ac­cring­ton be­fore set­ting out into the world of work.

Robert be­gan work as an ap­pren­tice sewing ma­chine me­chanic at Highams in Ac­cring­ton be­fore mov­ing on to a driv­ing po­si­tion at Sweg­mark.

Robert then worked for the Cus­toms and Ex­cise/ HMRC from 1987 in the Ac­cring­ton, Bolton and Black­burn of­fices. Robert had taken re­dun­dancy from this po­si­tion just a week prior to his death and had planned to spend more time with fam­ily, con­tinue his home im­prove­ments whilst also in­creas­ing his cy­cling miles for both plea­sure and char­ity events.

Robert loved his an­i­mals and took any an­i­mal in to care for it. He loved his two dogs dearly, Frank the Dachs­hund and Meg the mon­grel.

Robert the beloved hus­band of the late Jackie, leaves his daugh­ters Emily Rose and Lily Grace along with his par­ents Brenda and Brian and sis­ter Sandy with all their fam­i­lies.

His funeral will be held at St Bartholomew’s Chuch, Great Har­wood on Fri­day, July 6 at 10am, burial ser­vice to con­tinue at Great Har­wood ceme­tery at 11.30am.

Fam­ily flow­ers only with dona­tions to the Dachs­hund Res­cue, Dementia UK and Diabetes UK c/o Birtwistle and Rish­ton Funeral Ser­vice, Great Har­wood.


MISS An­gela Row­ley, of Sandy Brook House, Sandy Lane, Lower Dar­wen, died on Tues­day, June 19 aged 81.

An­gela was a laun­dry worker.

In her younger days she en­joyed run­ning, swimming and net­ball. She en­joyed lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, es­pe­cially Elvis and Roy Or­bi­son.

Beloved daugh­ter of the late Brid­get and Jack Bow­ley, she was a much loved sis­ter of John and Oliver and of the late Mar­garet and Sarah.

An­gela was also a fun lov­ing aunty and greataunty.

The funeral will take place on Fri­day, June 29 at 9.40am at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, of­fi­ci­ated by Fa­ther McLaugh­lin.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, dona­tions if de­sired to the Alzheimers So­ci­ety.

Funeral di­rec­tor: Re­gan Re­gan, Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices, Queens Road, Ac­cring­ton.


MR Rus­sell Si­mon Walk­den, of Ry­dall Mount, Belthorn, passed away in the East Lan­cashire Hospice on Tues­day, June 19, aged 50.

Rus­sell grew up in Oswaldtwistle on James Street and Pad­dock Street, but has lived in Belthorn for the past 14 years. In his early years of work­ing Rus­sell worked for the As­so­ci­ated Dairies in Ac­cring­ton be­fore mov­ing on to Miller­care in Oswaldtwistle for a time and then fi­nally at WEC Group at Guide.

Rus­sell loved noth­ing bet­ter than spend­ing his time with his fam­ily es­pe­cially watch­ing his son El­liot play cricket and foot­ball. He loved walk­ing the fam­ily dog Noah who adored him, he also liked build­ing lego and play­ing snooker. Rus­sell loved so­cial­is­ing and took time out to meet up with his friends for a pint af­ter work, start­ing in the early years in The Fox­hill, and in more re­cent years the King Eddy, The Wil­lows and The Dog Inn.

He took plea­sure in going away on hol­i­day in the UK in­clud­ing Whitby (where he loved the fish and chips) and Pad­stow in Corn­wall as well as din­ing out and eat­ing nice food. He was a fam­ily man with many, many friends.

Rus­sell sadly leaves be­hind his de­voted and dearly loved wife Vic­to­ria, his much loved son and best friend El­liot, he was also a trea­sured son of Kath and Tony, a dear brother of An­thony and Gary and a cher­ished un­cle of Kelly, Oliver and Téa.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice was due to be held on Fri­day, June 29 at 1.40pm at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, but dona­tions are wel­come in me­mory of Rus­sell for the East Lan­cashire Hospice c/o Bar­ton and Hall­worth Funeral Ser­vice, The Old Fox­hill, 136-8 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle.


AUDREY Sc­holes, of Ac­cring­ton, passed away peace­fully on Satur­day, June 23 aged 90.

Audrey at­tended the Ac­cring­ton Girls School be­tween 1939 and 1943. She later worked for Joseph Arnolds for 10 years. She was de­voted to her fam­ily and also her cats.

In her younger years she liked gar­den­ing.

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

A much loved mum of Caro­line, Ju­dith, Denise and Keith.

A trea­sured grandma to nine grand­chil­dren and also a cher­ished great grandma to 17 great grand­chil­dren.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice will be held on Mon­day, July 9 at 3pm at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, dona­tions are wel­come and may be sent in me­mory of Audrey for Friends of the Cats, c/o Bar­ton and Hall­worth Funeral Ser­vice, The Old Fox­hill. 136-8 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle.


MRS Janet Hake, of Wors­ley Court, Oswaldtwistle, died on Satur­day, June 23 aged 85.

She was a cleaner at Myrtyl House for two years and at Wil­liam Hill for one year.

Janet en­joyed knit­ting and going on hol­i­day to Great Yar­mouth.

She en­joyed watch­ing the soaps on tele­vi­sion.

She leaves daugh­ters Dawn and Carol, grand­daugh­ters An­drea and Char­lene, grand­son Steven. She was a great nan of 14.

The funeral will take place on Thurs­day, July 5 at 11am at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium of­fi­ci­ated by Reverend Martin Joss.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, dona­tions if de­sired to the East Lan­cashire Hos­pi­tal.

Funeral di­rec­tor: Oswaldtwistle Funeral Ser­vices.


MR Mal­colm Braysford, of Lower Ant­ley Street, Ac­cring­ton, died at home on Fri­day, June 22 aged 62.

Malc was a ‘plas­terer ex­traor­di­naire’ who worked for many com­pa­nies and as a self-em­ployed, self-made man.

He last worked for Twin Val­ley Homes from 2005 un­til his re­tire­ment in 2016. He was well re­spected and ad­mired by all he worked with and for.

In his youth he ran foot­ball teams and a Kung Fu mar­tial arts school where he helped many young kids de­velop their skills as foot­ballers and mar­tial artists as well as young adults.

He loved mu­sic, foot­ball, es­pe­cially Lu­ton Town and Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

He loved his dogs and was best friends to Midge, Murphy, Ketchup and Henry and en­joyed walks round Fox­hill and Cock­ers with his four­legged friends. He also liked bet­ting on week­ends. He loved his fam­ily and dot­ing on his grand­daugh­ters Macken­zie and Mya. He al­ways had a daft sta­tus for his many Face­book friends.

He leaves Mau­reen, his wife of 42 years, sons Greg and Thom, grand­daugh­ters Macken­zie and Mya.

Brother-in-law to Chris­tine, Bob, Stephen, Kather­ine, Su­san and Les. He was a friend to many.

The funeral will take place on Mon­day, July 9 at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium with a ser­vice at 11am prior to a cre­ma­tion of­fi­ci­ated by Mr Ken Howles.

Fam­ily flow­ers only, with dona­tions to Diabetes UK c/o Kirby and Hughes Funeral Ser­vices, 228 Black­burn Road, Ac­cring­ton.


MRS Bernie Thomas (nee Byrne) of Hornby Street, Oswaldtwistle died on Sun­day, June 24 aged 60.

She was a vo­ca­tional coach in health and so­cial care. She pre­vi­ously worked as a dis­trict nurse.

Her hob­bies and in­ter­ests in­cluded gar­den­ing, cook­ing, so­cial­is­ing, travel, mu­sic and the­atre.

Wife of Adrian, mother of James and Mar­cus, grand­mother of Oakley, mother-in-law of Danielle and Eve, sis­ter of An­gela, sis­ter-in-law of Tom, best friend of Denise and will be sadly missed by all fam­ily and friends. The funeral will take place on Tues­day, July 3 at 1.40pm at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Fam­ily flow­ers only, dona­tions are re­quested for Macmil­lan.

Funeral di­rec­tor: Peter Re­gan, Hyn­d­burn Funeral Ser­vices, Queens Road, Ac­cring­ton.


MR Wasyl Halenko, of Bax­en­den, died sud­denly and peace­fully at his home with his fam­ily by his side on Sun­day, June 24 aged 91.

Wasyl was born and brought up in the his­toric vil­lage of Rosh­niv, Ivano-Frankivsk, in western Ukraine. Fol­low­ing the Sec­ond World War, Wasyl came to the UK in 1945.

He started work­ing in the farm­ing in­dus­try in Swoffham and later moved to Manch­ester work­ing as a coal miner.

It was at a dance in Manch­ester where cu­pid fired his ar­row and he met his sweet­heart and wife to be Beryl.

He then came to live in Ac­cring­ton and started work at Hap­ton Val­ley Col­liery.

Fol­low­ing a back in­jury Wasyl and Beryl took over the Sil­ver Fish Chippy in Bax­en­den which he ran for over 15 years and be­came well-known lo­cally.

Away from work, Wasyl spent many a happy hour with his dogs, in his gar­den and in his al­lot­ment. He was well-known for his abil­ity to grow mag­nif­i­cent fruit and veg­eta­bles. He also kept hens, Mus­covy ducks and geese on the al­lot­ment. Wasyl in­cu­bated and hatched many dif­fer­ent breeds of poul­try and wa­ter fowl from peo­ple who trav­elled far and wide re­quir­ing this ser­vice

Wasyl was also a suc­cess­ful fish­er­man and would of­ten take his fam­ily to the Lakes or sea­side for a spot of fish­ing and would then en­joy the de­li­cious catch for sup­per.

An ex­cel­lent car­pen­ter and crafts­man, Wasyl could turn his hand to any­thing. He was known to be a per­fec­tion­ist and al­ways gave at­ten­tion to de­tail. He made the most beau­ti­ful dove­cotes.

Wasyl was a proud fam­ily man, de­voted to all his fam­ily, who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The de­voted hus­band of the late Beryl, lov­ing dad of An­drea and Michael, dear fa­ther-in­law of An­drew and Clau­dia, cher­ished grandpa of Toby and Jenny, Apryl and Andy, and Lawrence and Rory, great-grandpa of Dy­lan, Har­vey, Archie, Zara, Heath and Lit­tle Apryl and also a much re­spected rel­a­tive and friend.

Wasyl’s funeral ser­vice will take place at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please by re­quest and dona­tions in me­mory of Wasyl on be­half of North West Air Am­bu­lance via www.champ­fu­ner­­u­ar­ies. En­quiries to: Champ Funeral Ser­vices, Bank House, Whal­ley Road, Clay­ton-le-Moors, Ac­cring­ton.


MRS Vera Kemp, of Nut­tall Street Mews, Ac­cring­ton, died at home on Sun­day, June 24 aged 80.

She worked as a cot­ton mill weaver.

Vera loved her cats and liked going to the pub and to Ossy Mills. She leaves her daugh­ters Lara Moss and Yvonne Brindle, great grand­chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Special thanks to the Golden Girls, Laura, Michelle, Mar­garet, Nursey and Lisa.

The funeral will take place on Mon­day, July 9 at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium at 1.40pm, of­fi­ci­ated by An­gela Rid­ing.

Flow­ers wel­come. Funeral di­rec­tor: Oswaldtwistle Funeral Ser­vice.


GLENYS Parke, for­merly of Church and Oswaldtwistle, died peace­fully in her sleep on June 26, at Moor­head Res­i­den­tial Home, aged 90.

She was the de­voted and much loved wife of the late Eric, lov­ing mum of Stephen, dear mother-in-law of Jean, cher­ished granny of Rachel and Gary and great-granny of Cal­lum and Ava.

Glenys started her work­ing life at Broad Oak Print­ers.

Fol­low­ing her mar­riage to Eric she be­came a full-time house­wife and mum and spent her time look­ing af­ter her son Stephen.

Glenys en­joyed her hol­i­days and her favourite des­ti­na­tions were Ma­jorca and Switzer­land.

She loved to so­cialise with friends at Oswaldtwistle Con­ser­va­tive Club where she would en­joy a glass of whiskey and a cig­a­rette and she loved to get dressed up all glam­orous too and en­joy a good night out at a ball.

Glenys had a wide cir­cle of friends through Eric’s work and to­gether they later ran the Sun­ny­side Gen­eral Store at Great Har­wood where she en­joyed to chat away to the cus­tomers.

The ser­vice to cel­e­brate Glenys’ life will be held at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, Burn­ley Road, Ac­cring­ton.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please with dona­tions in me­mory of Glenys on be­half of East Lan­cashire Hospice via www.champ­fu­ner­­u­ar­ies.

Funeral di­rec­tor: Champ Funeral Ser­vices, Bank House, Whal­ley Road, Clay­ton-le-Moors, Ac­cring­ton.

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