Rossendale Free Press



MR Derrick Kennedy, of Patrick Crescent, Higher Cloughfold, died peacefully, surrounded by family at Willowbank Care Home, Burnley on Monday, January 3, aged 89.

Derrick started work at Old Meadows Pit in Bacup, then became an ambulance man, where he stayed for 30 years, before becoming a civil servant until retirement.

He was a Conservati­ve councillor in the late 70s and early 80s.

He spent 30 years at St John’s Ambulance, as an officer and training the boy cadets.

Derrick was a keen reader, and enjoyed caravannin­g, the great outdoors and countrysid­e.

He was a family man, and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchild­ren.

Derrick had connection­s with Holy Trinity Tunstead and Waterbarn Baptist Church. He was married for 63 years to his dearest wife Dorothy.

He also leaves loving son Philip and daughterin-law Georgina, loving son Chris and daughterin-law Amanda, grandchild­ren Stephanie, Natalie, Christophe­r and Chloe, greatgrand­children Amelia, Ava, Zack, Edryd and Huw. Brother of the late Beryl and Sylvia.

The service, led by Rev Derek Allen, will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Tunstead, Stackstead­s on Wednesday, January 19 at 1.15pm, followed by cremation at Burnley at 2.30pm.

Family flowers only please, with donations if desired to NW Air Ambulance and Tear Fund.

Funeral director: Fred Hamer Funeral Service, James Street, Rawtenstal­l.

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