Hyndburn funeral and death notices for special people we'll never forget

Tributes have been left to remember loved ones in Hyndburn 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 Accrington 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. Our thoughts go out to all friends, family and loved ones.

You can leave your tributes in the comments below.

Monica Herdman

Monica Herdman passed away peacefully at Springhill Care Home on Friday, April 12, aged 87 years.

The devoted wife of Hugh, much loved mum to Marie and mother-in-law to Tom, cherished grandma to Daniel and Ellie and beloved great-grandma to Josiah-Joseph.

Originally from Accrington, Monica lived and worked in the town before retiring to Cleveleys with her life-long husband Hugh, until he sadly passed away in 2022.

Remaining at the seaside, Monica could cherish their memories together of pottering in their garden and going for walks along the seafront. Monica loved nothing more than her grandchildren taking her out for the day and felt greatly blessed to be able to meet her great-grandson, Josiah-Joseph, if only for a short time.

Monica was the most respectful, kind and gentle lady, a loving mum, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt and friend to many and will be sorely missed and forever remembered.

The service will be held at Accrington Crematorium on Friday, May 3, at 1.40pm. Followed by Interment at graveside.

Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Monica would be gratefully received by Cancer Research UK.

Funeral directors: Wolstenholme, Willows Lane, Accrington.

Kenneth Wilson

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth on Saturday, April 6 aged 90 years, at Woodlands Nursing Home.

Devoted husband of the late Shirley, treasured father to Angela, Annette, and Carol. Father-in-law to Martin and Mick. Grandad to James, Thomas, Charlotte, Martin, Siobhán, Emma and Niamh and a great-grandad to Daniils, Isabel, Polina, Frankie-Rose, Finley, Abigail, Alexander, Sebastian, and Elijah. He also leaves his dear sister Jean.

Kenneth was born in Clayton-le-Moors and started his working life as a slater for Evans and then joined the textile industry for the rest of his career.

Kenneth enjoyed watching sport on TV especially football, cricket and snooker.

He was a lifelong Blackburn Rovers fan, and he loved his holidays especially cruises with his late wife.

The funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 2 at Accrington Crematorium at 12.20pm

The family have requested family flowers only, donations are being received to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Funeral directors: Wolstenholme Funeral Directors, Willows Lane, Accrington, BB5 0RT, 01254 232604.

Mrs Janet Heyes nee Ainsworth

Janet Heyes nee Ainsworth of Great Harwood passed away on April 16, aged 69 years.

Janet had to retire from the Home Help due to ill health from which she was missed every day from her clients.

Janet loved life her bingo, socializing with the neighbours, going on holiday with family and friends, and nights around Great Harwood but mostly just spending time with her husband and boys.

Janet leaves behind her dearly loved husband James, cherished mum to both her boys Jamie, Steven and her beautiful grandchildren:- Callum, Katie leigh, Noah and Zane, beloved daughter of the late Frank and Ruth Ainsworth, loved sister to Carol,Cathy, David, Darren, Craig and the Late Julie, Stephen and their partners, loved auntie, great-aunt and a very good friend to many who will be sadly missed.

A service and committal will take place on Thursday, May 2 at 1pm at Accrington Crematorium led by Celebrate Angela Gill.

Family Flowers only please, donations – Cancer Research UK.

Funeral directors: Great Harwood Funeral Service, 3 Clayton Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7AQ. Tel :- 01254 886866 email:- great-harwood@hyndburn-funeral-services.co.uk

Frances Mildred Sweeney

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mildred on Monday, April 15, aged 85 years.

Daughter of the late Harold and Margaret Sweeney, auntie to Robert, the late Lynne, Susan, the late Noel, Ashleigh, Joseph, Stephanie, Paul, Ben and Matthew. Mildred was a very dear friend to many.

A reception into church for Mildred will take place on Wednesday, May 1 at St Mary’s Church, Oswaldtwistle at 20.30pm

The funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 2 at St Mary’s Church, Oswaldtwistle at 10.15am following by committal at Accrington Crematorium at 11.40am.

The family have requested family flowers only, donations are being received to the Cancer Research UK.

Funeral directors: Wolstenholme Funeral Directors, Willows Lane, Accrington, BB5 0RT, 01254 232604.

Terence Wilding

Terence Wilding of Hippings Vale, Oswaldtwistle, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 19, aged 84 years.

During his life Terence served in the Army and also worked at Baxenden Chemicals, Marriots and then Prestige up until taking his retirement.

In his spare time and during his retirement he enjoyed reading and listening to country music.

He also loved his holidays and has visited many places around the world and also enjoyed spending time with his much loved family.

A dearly loved husband of the late Doreen, a much loved dad of Stephen, Michael, Jeanette, Michaela, Terry, Diane and the late Kim, a treasured grandad of 16 grandchildren, a much loved great grandfather of many and also a dear brother and uncle.

Terry will be very sadly missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11.40am on Monday, May 13, at Accrington Crematorium.

Family flowers only please, donations are welcome in memory of Terence for Prostate Cancer UK c/o Barton & Hallworth Funeral Service, The Old Foxhill, 136-8 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle. BB5 3DR. Tel: 01254 390542.

Margaret Killingbeck

Margaret Killingbeck of Laburnum Drive, Oswaldtwistle, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, aged 93 years.

During her life Margaret has worked for a few different companies over the years including the Darwen Branch of the Co-Op, Park Bros, Rists Wires & Cables and as a weaver for various mills.

She also worked part-time at the Stop & Rest Pub, Oswaldtwistle and also Oswaldtwistle Conservative Club.

In her spare time and during her retirement she loved spending time with her family, she also enjoyed knitting and watching football and darts.

She was also a member of the Support Our Para’s group and the 2 Para Reunion club and in the past loved walking her dogs.

She sadly leaves behind her dearly loved son Michael, her treasured grandchildren Lorraine, Sally, Joe and Garry and her much loved great grandchildren Olivia, Eleanor, Joshua, Isaac, Jessica, Violet and Lily.

A celebration of life service was held on Friday, April 26, at Accrington Crematorium.

Family flowers only please but donation are welcome in memory of Margaret for either Cancer Research UK or Support Our Paras.

They may be sent c/o Barton of Barton & Hallworth Funeral Service, The Old Foxhill, 136-8 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle. BB5 3DR. Tel: 01254 390542.

Roy Newsham

Roy Newsham, born in July 1945, died peacefully at home on April 15, accompanied and nursed to his end by his long-term partner, Sheila Proctor.

Having lost his daughter Lindsey to leukaemia in 1986, he is survived by his sons, Gary and Lee, and his daughter Amanda, from his earlier marriage, and their families.

He leaves behind his partner’s sons, Carl, Michael, and Andrew, and their families.

He also leaves behind his sisters, Gail and Adele, his brother Mark, their families, and his cousin Derek, who was a second brother to him.

A popular man, Roy made a career for himself as arguably Accrington town centre’s premier window cleaner.

For fifty years, he was a well-known man about town, on nodding acquaintance with many a passer-by, greeting all with his ready smile and huge heart.

Roy had a particular fondness for many of the town’s café establishments, often more likely to be found frequenting such places, rather than on his window cleaning rounds; several of these cafés still rue the day he retired, their sales affected so!

When not working, he was an active and social man, winning the CIU individual knockout as a snooker player at the then-named Poplar Working Men’s Club, one of many highlights amongst his 60 years of club membership.

He was a one-time boxer, a keen cricketer (bowler) in his youth, snooker and pool player, and a crown green bowler in his later years, sharing his latter passion between Burnley Road and Globe Bowling clubs.

When not playing sports, Roy would often be found at Accrington Stanley, supporting his local team as he had throughout his life, never prouder than when they were promoted into the football league ‘proper’, as he called it.

A keen outdoor man, Roy would often wake up and, even if the weather was only halfway nice, he and Sheila would be out and about.

Blackpool was a firm favourite, alongside Keswick and the Yorkshire Dales.

Mini breaks at these places broke up the year in between his longer overseas holidays to Greek and Spanish islands.

Unfortunately, age brought with it cancer, and Roy recently reflected on his pride of battling it successfully for five long years, never once losing the smile for which he was renowned, despite the ordeal of umpteen operations and treatments, even up to those final moments.

The families offer their utmost respect and thanks to district nurses and doctors who treated him during this time.

Roy’s funeral service was held on Friday, April 26 at Accrington Crematorium at 1.40pm, where friends and acquaintances were welcome to commemorate and celebrate Roy’s life alongside his families, as they pay their final respects.

Please, flowers only from family, with donations welcome towards his favourite charity, Cancer Research, c/o Hyndburn Funeral Services.

Ruth Turner

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Ruth Turner passed away peacefully, aged 94 years at Wellfield Home for the Elderly on Thursday, April 11, with family by her side.

Dearly loved wife of the late William (Bill) Turner, devoted mother of Lois, mother-in-law to Vincent, treasured sister of Olive, Glenys and the late Norman (Norrie), sister-in-law of Cathy, the late Alma and the late Harry.

Ruth was also a dear aunt, relative and friend to many.

The eldest child of Richard and Isabella Grimshaw, Ruth was born and raised in Haslingden.

Her early working life was spent in various local mills before later becoming a ledger clerk at the General Municipal Workers Union office in Accrington, from where she retired.

Following her marriage to Bill in 1952, they lived in Haslingden before later moving to live in Baxenden, then Accrington.

Formerly of Bamford Crescent, Ruth was known as being a sociable, fun and witty lady, who was always nicely and smartly dressed.

Previously she enjoyed travel, reading, films, dress-making, and being a member of Rossendale Ladies Choir.

Ruth was very proud and supportive of Bill as a local historian and author. Following his death in 2007, she greatly appreciated the work done by the late Walter Holmes, and others, to continue Bill’s work on ‘The Accrington Pals.’ Ruth also represented Bill on a number of projects which promoted The Pals’ story.

The family wish to thank the staff, and residents of Wellfield Home for the Elderly for the care, affection and friendship shown to Ruth.

The funeral will take place at Accrington Crematorium on Wednesday, May 1 at 1pm.

Family and friends are invited to join together and wear bright colours to celebrate Ruth’s life.

Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, can be made to the UK baby charity, Tommy’s.

Enquiries to Johnson Durning & Woods Funeral Service 01706 214498.

Hilda Seddon Nee Parkinson

On April, 21 peacefully at her home in Baxenden, aged 89 years.

The dearly loved wife of John, much loved and loving mum of John, Stephen, Duncan and Paul, loved mother-in-law of Sandra, Katherine, Sharon, Paula, cherished grandma of Hilary, Christopher, Emily and Matthew and great grandma of Sebastian and Freddie.

Hilda was the cornerstone of her family, a devoted family lady who found joy and purpose in the family fold.

Strong-willed and forthright, Hilda was never one to shy away from speaking her mind.

Her honesty was a testament to her integrity, and her unwavering strength was a source of inspiration to those around her.

Spending her life in the home where she was born, when she married John, they embarked on a brief adventure across the road but moved back a couple of years later.

One of Hilda’s greatest passions was her love for Scotland, particularly the enchanting landscapes of Skye and The Orkneys.

Family holidays were spent having a leisurely stroll amidst the stunning scenery, and Hilda loved all nature and the outdoors.

At home, she loved to grow flowers from seed, though it was John who did all the gardening, under Hilda’s careful instruction.

An avid reader, Hilda spent many a happy hour immersed in her huge collection of novels.

She also enjoyed listening to the radio and watching Countryfile.

A devoted and lifelong member of St John’s Church in Baxenden, Hilda truly was a blessed member of the Baxenden community, visiting friends, fellow church-goers, and always thinking other before herself.

Living the life of a true Christian, Hilda loved and cared for people and in return was blessed to receive love and kindness.

First and foremost at her happiest in the heart of her family, Hilda was a wonderful wife, the proudest mum, mother-in-law, grandma and great grandma.

Up-to-date with all that was happening in their lives.

Her example was, to always give more than you take. May she rest in peace.

The service will be held on Thursday, May 9 at St John’s Church, Baxenden at 11am, followed by interment in the Churchyard. All enquiries to Champ Funeral Services

Family flowers only please.

Donations are gratefully being received in memory of Hilda on behalf of St John’s Church, Baxenden.

To make a donation please visit champfunerals.com/obituaries or send to the funeral directors.