Obituaries

Annie Blackburn

On 30th April 2020, peacefully in Birch Hall Care Home, Darwen. Anne aged 98 years. Beloved wife of the late Jack. Funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium on Thursday, 21st May at 12 noon. Family flowers only please, but if desired donations may be sent for The Alzheimer’s Society. c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290

Angela Haworth

On 4th May 2020, peacefully in hospital. Fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church. Angela aged 54 years. A much loved mother, mother-in-law, nana and daughter.  R.I.P.  A graveside service will take place at Darwen Eastern Cemetery on Friday, 15th May at 2.30 p.m. Family flowers only please but if desired donations may be sent for Mind. ℅ Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen.  BB3 3HA.  Tel 01254 873290

Edwin John Sowerbutts

On 2nd May 2020, in hospital. Edwin aged 79 years. Beloved husband of Joan also a much loved dad, grandad and great-grandad. Funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium on Monday, 11th May at 12.30 p.m. Enquiries to Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA. Tel 01254 873290

Victor Charles Francis (vic)

Peacefully at home on Wednesday 29th April 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Vic aged 87 years, devoted husband of Audrey and the late Madge, much loved dad of Shirley, Debbie, Gail, Beverley and Janet, dear father-in-law of Jeff, Bernard, Geoff, Des and the late Phil, treasured brother of Jim and the late Michael, brother-in-law of Pat and Beryl, cherished grandad of 11 and great-grandad of 13 also a loving friend to many. Due to the current circumstances, a private family service and burial will be held at Darwen Eastern Cemetery on Wednesday, 6th May at 12 noon. There will be a celebration of Vic’s life in St. Peter’s Church, Darwen at a later date. Donations in memory of Vic may be sent for the East Lancashire Hospice. c/o Ainsworth’s Funeral Service, Church Bank Street, Darwen. BB3 3HA Tel: 01254 873290

Rodney Harrison

On 28th April 2020, peacefully at home. Rodney aged 74 years. Beloved husband of Linda, much loved dad of Graham, Darren, Donna, Angela and George, dearly loved grandad of Mia, Bethany, Owen, Georgia, Chloe and Ellie also dear brother of Wendy, Pauline and Rikki. Funeral service at Pleasington Crematorium on Tuesday, 5th May at 2.30 p.m. 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