Dad found dead at 48 had lived life to the full
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.