Obituaries

Sheila Hailstone

On 16th December 2015, peacefully at home.  Sheila aged 79 years.  Funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium on Wednesday, 23rd December at 10.45 a.m.  Family flowers only please, but if desired donations may be sent for the British Heart Foundation.  c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen.  BB3 3HA.  Tel 01254 873290

Charles Ronald Caton (Ron)

On 1st December 2015, suddenly at home. Ron aged 80 years. Beloved husband of Joan, much loved father of Martin, Helen and the late Andrew, dear father-in-law of Michelle and Peter, dearly loved grandad of Clare, Sarah, Lucy and Emily. A service in St Cuthbert’s Church, Darwen on Monday, 14th December at 11 a.m. will be followed by cremation at Pleasington. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations may be sent for Cancer Research UK. c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290

James Hunt Hirst (Jim)

Former Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 2009-2010

On 27th November 2015, peacefully at Springhill Care Home, Accrington. Jim aged 87 years. Beloved husband of the late Audrey, much loved father of Stuart and Ian, dear father-in-law of Elaine and Ann-Marie, dearly loved grandfather of Robert, Annabel and Emily also a dear brother of Derek. A service in St Peter’s Church, Darwen on Friday, 11th December at 11.15 a.m. will be followed by interment at St Paul’s Churchyard, Hoddlesden. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations may be sent for the East Lancashire Hospice. c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290

William Henry Walsh (Bill)

On 30th November 2015, peacefully at St James’ House, Darwen. Bill aged 94 years. Beloved husband of the late Margaret, much loved dad of Brian and Lynne, dear father-in-law of Janet and Graham, dearly loved grandad of Angela, Paul, Stephanie and Danielle, treasured great grandad of Lauren and Ben also a dear brother of Edna. A service in St James’ Church, Over Darwen on Thursday, 10th December at 11 a.m. will be followed by cremation at Pleasington. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations may be sent for Derwent Hall, Darwen. c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290

Jean Mason

(nee Shorrock)

On 25th November 2015, in hospital. Jean aged 69 years. A much loved mum, grandma, great-grandma, sister and auntie. Funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium on Tuesday, 8th December at 2.15 p.m. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations may be sent to Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290