Heartbroken tributes to 'joyful' gravedigger and lifeguard who 'was a brilliant decorator'

Tributes have been paid to a ‘beautiful and joyful man’ who worked as a grave digger for the council and a lifeguard at a swimming baths.

Barry Noon of Tong Lane, Bacup passed away from pneumonia in Burnley General Hospital on Thursday, April 4, aged 87. After leaving St Mary’s School in Bacup, he joined Deerplay Colliery where he worked as a miner for more than ten years.

The beloved father-of-two then worked as a grave digger at graveyards in Stacksteads for Rossendale Borough Council for over a decade. He worked as a lifeguard at Bacup swimming baths for more than five years along with his brothers and he also picked up a job at Whitworth Quarry.

His daughter, Janet, said: “He was a beautiful and joyful man.


“Everyone loved dad and he loved his family. He was homely and we had trips to the beach when we were kids.

“He took his grand-kids out for walks and his great-grandson Karl, who is 22 now, was living with him and he looked after him like his own son.”

Barry was born in Bacup to parents Eliza and Danny and lived in the town all of his life with his siblings Donald, Emily, Brian, Kenny and Terry. He took great pride in his garden and enjoyed planting flowers and trees.

The devoted grandfather-of-five would purchase his own brew kits and produce his own beer. Barry also enjoyed taking walks around the Valley and socialising in the George and Dragon in Bacup on Sundays.

He was a brilliant decorator and helped his family decorate their homes. He got married to his late wife of more than 60 years, Doreen in August 1955 at St Mary’s Church in Bacup.

Barry will be dearly missed by daughters Janet and Carol, grandchildren Carmen, Josie, Stephen, Jenny and Alison, great-grandchildren Karl, Jay-cee, Tamara, Kobi, Arry, Nadia, Namoi, Georgina, Harvey, Tyla, Jasmin, Milly, Caidan, Zain, Zack and Arian, great-great grandchildren Phoneix and Ocean-Rose, and siblings Donald and Emily, nephews, nieces and many friends.