RIP Gentlemen


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Two former Springhill residents died on consecutive days and their obituaries are next to each other in the Rossendale Free Press (Nov 17, 2017).

Stanley Ashworth.
Mr Stanley Cull Ashworth of The Laurels Nursing Home, Bacup, formerly of Higher Cloughfold, died peacefully on Sunday November 12 aged 89.
Born in Stacksteads where he lived until his marriage when he moved to Higher Cloughfold, he also lived in Helmshore before returning to Higher Cloughfold in 2004.
He was employed as a sales and service manager for British United Shoe Machinery Co for many years. He enjoyed DIY, playing dominoes and holidays in Malta and Blackpool.
He leaves his wife of 64 years, Eva, daughter Gillian and her partner Stephen, grandchildren Matthew, Peter, Harriet and Alex and their spouses and partners, great grandchildren Harry and Penelope. Brother of the late Dennis, he also leaves his nephews, nieces and many friends.

John Watkins
Mr John (Jack) Watkins of Dobbin Close, Higher Cloughfold, died on Monday November 13 aged 88 at Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Jack went to Whitewell Bottom School, leaving at 14 to work in MASCO. He then moved into accountancy, working at Riley's snooker clubs before becoming company secretary. He then went to work in pensions in Godwins, Manchester.
A founder member of the Lions and an active member of Samaritan Lodge, Freemasonry, he was a Methodist local preacher and played the organ at church services.
Jack enjoyed playing and listening to music, painting with watercolours and enjoyed afternoon tea with the family.
Husband of the late Eileen, he leaves two daughters Janet and Catherine, two sons-in-law Jim and Brian, grandchildren Alastair, Cameron Josh and Ollie. Brother to the late Dorothy Cunliffe.

Stan lived in Springhill Lodge for 13 years and Jack in Sunset View for 22 years.

RIP, Gentlemen.