Loving messages and tributes to those who died in Rossendale this week

Tributes have been left this week to remember loved ones in Rossendale who have recently passed away. Announcing the death of a family member has been a time-honoured tradition for family and loved ones. We have gathered the messages posted this week in one place.

To see the full list of death notices, in memoriams, and birthday memoriams, then please visit the Rossendale section in Funeral Notices online. You can search by names, date range, and filter by time or alphabetically. Here is a list of those who have appeared over the last week.

James Pilling

James Pilling

Mr James Pilling passed away peacefully on Friday, September 18, aged 92, at Lancaster Royal Infirmary.

He was born in Waterfoot and spent almost all his life living in the Rossendale Valley, moving to Rawtenstall, Ewood Bridge and Haslingden before spending the latter part of his life in Morecambe. Husband of the late Mary, he leaves children Jim and David, daughter-in-law Catherine, and three step sisters Ann, Mary and May. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him for many years.

Prior to the closure of the railway Jim worked as a signalman for 29 years, then spent the remainder of his working life at K Steels & Supplies, up to his retirement. He was captain of Rossendale Chess Club, loved cycling and cycled around Europe. He was also an avid Burnley football supporter.

The funeral took place on Thursday, October 1, at 2pm at Rawtenstall Cemetery. Funeral director: Caroline Holden-Dewhurst for Johnson, Durning and Woods Funeral Service, Haslingden.

Ian Mawdsley

Loving messages and tributes to those who died in Rossendale this weekIan Mawdsley

Mr Ian Mawdsley, of Helmshore Road, Helmshore, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 20, aged 60, following a short illness. A dearly loved husband to Diane and adoring dad of William, Joshua, Robert and Erica.

Ian, the cherished son of the late Bryan, leaves his mum, Barbara, sister Gail and very many special friends and family. He lived his entire life in Helmshore and had many lifelong friends there. He trained as a mechanical engineer from leaving school, and he worked at S S Stotts in Haslingden and later for Philips, Simonstone and more recently for Ennis-Flint in Chorley.

A natural, passionate, and competitive sportsman, he loved taking part in so many sports, excelling in them all, and played for teams in the Rossendale Badminton League and Parkwood Tennis Club, where he will be dearly missed. I an had a lifelong love of music and photography and was often seen with a camera around his neck when out walking or on holidays, and family and friends will cherish the images he captured.

A practical man and talented at DIY, he could transform redundant materials into works of art. The funeral was held on Friday, October 2, at 1.15pm at St Thomas’ Church, Helmshore, followed by committal at Accrington Crematorium for close family and friends only. Anyone wishing to pay their respects are welcome to do so, respecting social distancing, outside the church and along Helmshore Road during the service and/or as the family leave for Accrington Crematorium.

Family flowers only, with donations if desired being made in Ian’s memory to Parkwood Tennis Club, directly to the family or via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ian-mawdsley With fond and affectionate memories always. Ian’s family have been greatly comforted by the outpouring of compassion, love and sympathy they have received.

With every tear and every smile his memory will be cherished. Funeral director: Johnson, Durning and Woods Funeral Service, Haslingden.

Robert McLean

Loving messages and tributes to those who died in Rossendale this weekRobert McLean

Mr Robert McLean, of Stacksteads, died peacefully in Pendleside Hospice on Sunday, September 27, aged 73. Born in Balby, South Yorkshire, he came to live in Bacup when he was 12 years old.

He was employed as a painter and decorator all of his working life, retiring from Michael Pooler Associates in Stacksteads. Bob enjoyed watching sport on TV and was a keen Burnley Football Club supporter and season ticket holder for many years, but he mainly enjoyed being surrounded by his loving family and grandchildren. He leaves his wife Julie, son Nathan and his wife Judith, grandchildren Mollie and Joshua, brother Alan, sister-in-law Karen, nephews, nieces and many friends.

Enquiries in relation to funeral arrangements to be made by contacting the funeral director. No flowers at request of the family, but donations can be made, and are to be split between Pendleside and Rossendale Hospices. Funeral director: Anthony Johnson Funeral Services Ltd, Bacup.

Eric Neill

Loving messages and tributes to those who died in Rossendale this weekEric Neill

Mr Eric William Neill, of All Saints Close, Crawshawbooth passed away at home on Sunday, September 13, aged 88.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Joan. Eric was father to Eric jnr. and Barry, and grandfather to Becky, Thomas, Connor and Reilly. He will be deeply missed.

Eric was born in Warrington and moved to Crawshawbooth in 1970. For most of his working life Eric was a textile engineer and spent many years working overseas in places such as Nigeria, Tanzania, Madagascar and Peru.

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In later life, before retirement, he and Joan owned the village pet shop in Crawshawbooth. A service was held at Burnley Crematorium on Monday, September 28.

We are so sorry that the current restrictions and safety concerns meant that people were unable to attend the service and prevented us from holding a wake for Eric, but thanks to all the neighbours/friends who waved Eric off as the hearse departed from the Gambleside Close car park and travelled down Goodshaw Avenue. It was much appreciated. Funeral director: Alderson and Horan Funeral Services, Burnley.

Tracey Anne Vick

Loving messages and tributes to those who died in Rossendale this weekTracey Vick

Tracey Anne Vick, formerly known as Tracey Anne Sourbutts, aged 56 of Derwent Close, Haslingden, passed away at home, peacefully with family by her side, on Tuesday, September 22.

Her funeral service will be held on Monday, October 5, at Burnley Crematorium. Due to Covid-19 restrictions only 30 people can attend the service, and all places are taken by immediate family. Anybody wishing to pay respects can attend outside Derwent Close where Tracey and her family will depart at 11.30am to 11.45am.

Tracey moved up from London with her family as a child. She later had five children and worked as a carer for most of her life. Always aspiring to move to France or Florida with her partner Darren, she loved the outdoors, even talking about buying a caravan one day.

She enjoyed horse riding, gardening, fishing and just looking at the sky at night. Socialising mainly with her sisters, she loved a night out and a dance. She leaves partner Darren, mother June, sisters Lesley, Paula, Alison, brothers Andrew, Jason and David, sons Stephen, Philip, Liam, and Michael, daughter Abigail and granddaughters Jessica, Emily, Olivia and Ariyah.

Family flowers only; donations if desired will go to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Macmillan. Please donate via the family home or funeral director. Funeral director: Caroline Holden-Dewhurst for Johnson, Durning and Woods Funeral Service.

Phil Peters Jeffrey

Loving messages and tributes to those who died in Rossendale this weekPhil Jeffrey

Mr Phil Peters Jeffrey, of Helmshore Road, Haslingden, died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Friday, September 25, aged 83.

He was an area cashier for British Gas. Phil was a former secretary of Rossendale United FC, and a keen amateur cricketer and gardener. He loved his Greek Island holidays, especially Kefalonia.

Husband of the late Margaret and father of the late Ian, he leaves son Stephen, daughter Sandra, daughters-in-law Jean and Julie, son-in-law Steven, and grandchildren Emily, Alex, Ryan, and Chloe. The funeral will be held on Thursday, October 8, at 12.15pm at Burnley Crematorium, led by Rev’d David Burrow. Donations if desired to Rossendale Hospice.

Donations can be made online by visiting www.fredhamer.co.uk/ Funeral director: Dawn Winfield for Fred Hamer Funeral Service.

Dale Ashworth

Loving messages and tributes to those who died in Rossendale this weekDale Ashworth

Mr Dale Ashworth, of Patrick Crescent, Higher Cloughfold, died at home, on Tuesday, September 22, aged 72. He was a forklift truck driver at J&E Transport, which became Scottish Road Services.

Dale collected Diecast trucks, enjoyed a drink, loved Emmerdale Farm and Last of the Summer Wine, and was very proud of his grandchildren. He was a member of The Deaf Club at Oakenhead, where he met his friends. Brother of the late John and Alan, he leaves son Steven and daughter-in-law Fabia, grandchildren Sonny, Lily, Spencer, Fern, and Kelsey, brothers Terry and Ian, sisters Ann, Alice, Lynne, Ellen, and nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be held on Friday, October 9, with a service at Burnley Crematorium, led by Kathy Unsworth. The cortege will go round Patrick Crescent at 1.50pm, en route to Burnley Crematorium. Donations if desired to hearingdogs.org, can be made online c/o funeral director by visiting www.fredhamer.co.uk/

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