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

Announcing the death of a family member is a time-honoured tradition for family and loved ones - and 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 whose funeral notices 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.

Amelia Martha Briggs

Mrs Amelia Martha Briggs, of Musden Avenue, Helmshore, sadly passed away at her home on Friday, April 26, aged 82. A retired sewing machinist, Amelia worked at P &S Filtration that later became SCAPA Filtration in Helmshore for over 20 years. Amelia loved bingo, shopping and swimming as well as a ‘Good’ Car Boot Sale.

She also enjoyed travelling with her late husband John taking many a train trip around the UK including a trip to Scotland on the famous ‘Flying Scotsman’ but one of her favourites being that of taking a trip to ‘Lands’ End’.

Mum to the late Raymond and Wife to the late John, Amelia leaves her son John and Daughter in law Susan, Grandson Carl, Great grandson Harry, Brother Malcolm,

Nephew Peter, Nieces Hazel & Katie, and also her best friend Joyce. Her funeral is due to take place on Monday, May 13, when Mr Damien Philips will conduct a Celebration of Life Service and Committal at Accrington Crematorium at 12.20pm.

Family flowers only please, however, donations if desired in lieu of flowers will be gratefully received in memory of Amelia for Rossendale Hospice: via the funeral director: Sharon Aspinall for Agápe funeral service, Forget-Me-Not Chapel, Schofield Street, Waterfoot, Rossendale, BB4 9AH.

For any further enquiries regarding the funeral arrangements please contact Sharon on Tel: 01706 830833.

John ‘Johnny’ Brockbank

John ‘Johnny’ Brockbank died peacefully at Highfield Hall aged 86, surrounded by family, on April 28 following a long illness.

He leaves his wife Janet, children, Katrina and Paul, grandsons Aaron, Zayn and Mylo, brothers and sisters in-law, cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Johnny moved to Helmshore from Manchester at the end of the war.

He was an active member of St James’ Haslingden, enjoying camping trips to the Isle of Man with the Church Lad’s Brigade, and playing in the football team.

He often shared happy memories from his younger days, walking around the Musbury and Grane countryside.

On leaving school he started work at Porritt and Spencer’s in Helmshore and met his wife of 57 years, Janet.

In his 30s Johnny undertook an apprenticeship with Holgate’s Joinery, and spent the rest of his working life in a job that he loved, as a joiner.

In retirement, Johnny was a keen bowler and member of Sunnybank Social Club.

He is fondly remembered as a hard-working, kind and gentle family man and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of Johnny’s life will take place on Monday, May 20 at Accrington Crematorium at 2.20pm, followed by an informal gathering at The Whitakers Arms, Burnley Road, Accrington.

Family flowers only, but donations are welcome to Alzheimer’s Research UK. To view the JustGiving page, click here.