Accrington Observer - - OBITUARIES -

JEAN Cornthwaite nee Smith, of Woo­ley Lane, Bax­en­den, Ac­cring­ton, died on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 27, aged 70.

Jean started work aged 15 years at Boots the chemist in Hasling­den, a job she re­ally en­joyed.

Af­ter some time she felt the need to broaden her hori­zons and took an of­fice job at Cord­ing­ley & Sons Car Deal­ers in Hasling­den. Whilst work­ing there she met her hus­band-to-be Gor­don and they were later mar­ried in 1967.

She also did vol­un­tary work at the Cit­i­zen Ad­vice Bureau in Hasling­den for seven years be­fore tak­ing a part time job as a wel­fare ad­vice of­fi­cer at Age Con­cern in Ac­cring­ton. She took early re­tire­ment at 51 years of age to look af­ter her grand­chil­dren.

Jean loved tend­ing her gar­den. She was an an­i­mal lover, par­tic­u­larly cats and gave many strays a good home.

Along with her hus­band Gor­don, she en­joyed many cruises to the Mediter­ranean and the Caribbean. She also en­joyed days out to Black­pool and St Annes. She liked watch­ing the ‘soaps’ on TV, es­pe­cially Corona­tion Street and Em­merdale.

Jean leaves her hus­band Gor­don, sons Stephen and David and their wives Linda and Natalie.

She also leaves her grand­chil­dren Ella, Tabitha, Lydia, Ben and Ed and her brother Brian and sis­ter-in-law Sheila.

The fu­neral will take place on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, at 1.45pm at St John’s CE, Bax­en­den, fol­lowed by a cre­ma­tion at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, Burn­ley Road, Ac­cring­ton, of­fi­ci­ated by Rev Tom Don­aghey.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please. Do­na­tions re­quested for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port or East Lancs Hospice c/o fu­neral di­rec­tor Peter Re­gan, Hyn­d­burn Fu­neral Ser­vices, Queens Road, Ac­cring­ton.


AT her home sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily, Doreen, aged 72, of Clay­ton-le-Moors.

The much loved mum of Bev­er­ley, Robert and Ni­cholas, cher­ished and adored grandma of Josh, Orion, Evie, Josh, Chelsea and Char­lotte, de­voted sis­ter of April, Ruth, Bill and El­iz­a­beth.

Doreen worked as a sup­ply teacher in many schools and later worked for Hyn­d­burn Bor­ough Coun­cil.

She was also a for­mer land­lady and off-li­cence owner.

Doreen was a very house proud lady who loved her home and al­ways kept her gar­den beau­ti­ful. She was also an avid reader who loved to set­tle in her chair in front of the fire with a good book or a cross­word or sudoku puzzle.

A de­voted fam­ily lady, Doreen was al­ways there for her fam­ily no mat­ter what.

Doreen’s fu­neral ser­vice will be held at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium, Burn­ley Road, Ac­cring­ton on Fri­day, Jan­uary 4 at 3pm.

Flow­ers are wel­come or do­na­tions in mem­ory of Doreen to East Lan­cashire Hospice via fu­neral di­rec­tor Champ Fu­neral Ser­vices, Bank House, Whal­ley Road, Clay­ton-leMoors, Ac­cring­ton.


MR Arthur Heaton, of Kings Road, Ac­cring­ton, died on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21, in hospi­tal, aged 74.

Arthur liked a game of snooker and so­cial­is­ing as well as hav­ing a bet on the horses. He was a de­voted fam­ily man who loved to spend time with all his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Beloved hus­band of the late Ann Heaton, he was cher­ished dad of Julie and Wendy and the adored grandad of Con­nor and Chloe and great­grandaugh­ter Orla, also a dear fa­ther-in-law of David, dear brother-in­law of John, and a dear un­cle.

The fu­neral will take place on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9, of­fi­ci­ated by Fa­ther Stamp, at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium at 11am.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please, do­na­tions are re­quested for Can­cer Re­search UK c/o fu­neral di­rec­tor Kirby and Hughes Fu­neral Ser­vice.


MRS Eve­lyn Whit­tle nee Heys, of White Ash Brook Nurs­ing Home, Th­waites Road, Oswaldtwistle, died on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22, aged 71.

When Eve­lyn left school she went to work in a lo­cal Cot­ton Mill in the sewing room.

She then worked for a num­ber of years at Rists Wires and Ca­bles, be­fore be­com­ing a Se­nior Carer at Sparth­field Nurs­ing Home, then Moor­head Rest Home, un­til she re­tired.

Eve­lyn en­joyed hol­i­days abroad to Malta and Bul­garia and also to Devon and Corn­wall and the Nor­folk Broads.

She was a very jolly and out­go­ing per­son who en­joyed so­cial­is­ing, danc­ing and mu­sic in­clud­ing Daniel O’Donnell whom she went to see.

Wife of the late Roy, she leaves her daugh­ter Wendy, and son Clive. She was mother-in-law to Lee and Angie, much loved nan to Scott, Ty­rone and Ni­cole, dear sis­ter of Doreen and the late Ray­mond and daugh­ter of the late Joe and Eve­lyn Heys.

The fu­neral ser­vice will be held on Tues­day, Jan­uary 8 at 1pm at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Fam­ily flow­ers only with do­na­tions to Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

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


MR Ken­neth An­thony Cooper, of Bax­en­den, passed away un­ex­pect­edly but peace­fully at home on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24, age 68.

Through­out his life Tony, as he was known, has al­ways been a hard worker and would do any­thing for any­body.

He has held var­i­ous ca­reers dur­ing his life in­clud­ing as an elec­tri­cian for WH Smiths in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and at Clay­ton Good­fel­lows un­til 1977.

He then worked at JM Pears Ltd, a fam­ily print­ing busi­ness, from 1977 un­til 1995, and then went into his own fam­ily busi­ness Coop­er­trains up un­til re­tir­ing in 2017.

Tony was a fa­mil­iar face around Hyn­d­burn but also fur­ther afield, es­pe­cially when per­form­ing as the lead singer of The Sound­cast­ers.

He reg­u­larly sup­ported lo­cal char­ity events, fes­ti­vals and car­ni­vals.

In his spare time he was a Black­burn Rovers sea­son ticket holder, a mem­ber of the HRCA (Hornby Rail­ways Col­lec­tors As­so­ci­a­tion), a vol­un­teer at the Ac­cring­ton Her­itage Cen­tre in the Arn­dale Cen­tre and also served on the Car­ni­val com­mit­tee for the Ac­cring­ton Li­ons.

He loved so­cial­is­ing, trains and foot­ball but most of all he loved spend­ing time with his fam­ily, es­pe­cially his grand­chil­dren.

A dearly loved hus­band of the late Marilyn, he was a much loved dad of Si­mon and Dar­ren, a dear brother of Phil, a dear fa­ther-in-law of Jackie and a trea­sured grandad of Shan­non and Ali­cia. He was also a dear friend and col­league to many.

He will be very sadly missed by all his lov­ing fam­ily and friends.

His fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 10.45am on Mon­day, Jan­uary 14, at St John’s Church, Bax­en­den, fol­lowed by a pri­vate fam­ily com­mit­tal at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please but do­na­tions are wel­comed in mem­ory of Tony for Marie Curie.

Fur­ther en­quiries please to Sarah Bar­ton at Bar­ton & Hall­worth Fu­neral Ser­vice, Oswaldtwistle.

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