Dad found dead at 48 had lived life to the full

Rossendale Free Press - - News - CHRIS GEE chris.gee@trin­i­tymir­ @RossFreePress

AMAN who led a rich and colour­ful life and was known for ran­dom acts of kind­ness has died sud­denly at the age of 48.

Ja­son Mar­shall, who was born and raised in Bacup and spent his fi­nal years in Li­lac Av­enue, Hasling­den, was found dead at his home on Sunday, April 1 af­ter suf­fer­ing a brain haem­or­rhage.

Ja­son at­tended Fearns High School and was known widely by his nick­name Mash, which stuck with him from his school days.

His life in­cluded join­ing the Army, run­ning a bistro in Spain, trav­el­ling widely in In­dia, the Hi­malayas, Swe­den and France and train­ing as an ac­tor.

Later, he worked for Re­gency Glass in Bacup and as a car sales­man.

Ja­son was adopted as a baby and grew up on Plan­ta­tion Street in Bacup, raised by his late mother Joyce Carter and grand­mother Lily Holt.

His daugh­ter Chan­dra, 23, said: “It’s a mas­sive shock for him to pass away like this but I know for cer­tain he wouldn’t have wanted any­one to be sad about it. He would want them to re­mem­ber him with a smile.

“Dad was in­sep­a­ra­ble from his dog Char­lie and con­nected to na­ture, an­i­mals and the coun­try­side and said the hills he could see from his bed­room win­dow in Bacup ‘be­longed to him’.

“He was known for ran- dom acts of kind­ness. If he saw some­one strug­gling with their shop­ping bags he would ask where they lived and carry it all the way home for them and if he saw some­one home­less he would give them ev­ery­thing in his pocket.

“He liked to so­cialise and would go out with his side­kick Char­lie to his favourite pubs, the Hare and Hounds and the Swan Hotel in Bacup.”

His best friend from the age of four, Mark Tat­ter­sall, 47, said: “Ja­son had a unique essence.

“He wrote po­etry and was ob­sessed with music and foot­ball, be­ing part of both the punk and dance music scenes and fol­low­ing Man Utd from the Stret­ford End.

“Ja­son just had a dif­fer­ent way with him. His fam­ily and friends were ev­ery­thing to him.

“Ja­son could charm his way into any­where. He told me he talked his way into Manch­ester United’s Champions League fi­nal in Barcelona in 1999 with­out a ticket and I was with him when he some­how blagged his way into a sold out Kate Bush show in Lon­don a few years back.

“In his early life he passed out of the Army but then de­cided it wasn’t for him be­fore run­ning a bistro in Spain where he cooked all the food.

“He loved trav­el­ling and once told me he would have set­tled in the Hi­malayas if he could have had Sky Sports to watch his beloved Manch­ester United.

“He was seen as a char­ac­ter wher­ever he lived. The lo­cal kids would knock on his door for him to play foot­ball with them on the street as he con­nected with peo­ple of all ages.”

Ja­son leaves sis­ter Diane, daugh­ters Chan­dra, Jade, Mil­lie and Mya, and beloved dog Char­lie.

His fu­neral will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 12noon at Burn­ley Cre­ma­to­rium fol­lowed by a cel­e­bra­tion his life at Rose­mount Club, Hut­tock End Lane, Stack­steads.

MR Ja­son An­thony Mar­shall, of Li­lac Av­enue, Hasling­den, passed away at home on Sunday, April 1, aged 48.

He leaves sis­ter Diane, daugh­ters Chan­dra, Jade, Mil­lie and Mya, and beloved dog Char­lie.

He was known af­fec­tion­ately as MASH and well­known lo­cally.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life ser­vice will take place at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 18, at Burn­ley Cre­ma­to­rium, ad­min­is­tered by Mr David Ire­land, fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion.

The cortège will leave Knight and Boys fu­neral home, Stack­steads at 11.15am.

Flow­ers are wel­comed.

Fu­neral di­rec­tor: Gra­ham Holt for Knight and Boys Fu­neral Ser­vice, Stack­steads.

Ja­son Mar­shall

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