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Death Notices, 27th January, 2022

AUSTIN (Michael). Peacefully at rest on Saturday, 15th January 2022 at Macclesfield District General Hospital, Michael, aged 84, of Congleton. A beloved husband of Miriam; loved dad of Neil, and a treasured granddad of Caitlin. Michael will be sadly missed by all his loving family and friends. The funeral service is at Macclesfield Crematorium on Wednesday, 9th February at 10am. Floral tributes most welcome. Enquiries: John Garside and Son, Mountbatten House, Stonehouse Green, Congleton, 01260 298 829.

BELL (Jane Elizabeth). It is with great sadness we announce that on Thursday, 13th January, in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, Jane Elizabeth Bell, aged 57, passed away peacefully. She was the much-loved wife of Christopher and special mum to Emelia, a cherished teacher and dear friend to many. Taken from us far too soon. The funeral service is at St Mary’s Church, Astbury, on Thursday, 3rd February at 10am followed by interment at Congleton Cemetery at 11am, gathering afterwards at Astbury Golf Club, CW12 4RE. Flowers may be sent to Williamson Brothers, Birch House, Birches Head Road, Stoke-on-Trent, 01782 212 880. williamsonbrothersfunerals.co.uk.

BROWN (Frank). Passed away peacefully at Primrose House Care Home, Haslington on 21st January 2022, Frank, aged 97, of Sandbach. Loving husband of Irene; dearly loved dad to Alan and Howard, and granddad and great-granddad. The funeral service is at Crewe Crematorium on Monday, 7th February at 11.30am. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to the British Heart Foundation. Enquiries: Williams and Lowe Funeral Directors, Field House, 40, Congleton Road, Sandbach, 01270 750 852.

COCKITT (Michael Clare). Passed away peacefully on Thursday, 20th January 2022 at Adlington Manor Care Home, Mike, of Congleton, aged 87. The loved and devoted husband of the late Enid; treasured dad of Tim, Martin, Ellen and Heather; cherished grandpa of Richard, Nick, Fynn, Guy and Oliver. Mike was a valued member of the community and a dedicated leader of the 1st Congleton Scout Group. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew him. A service of celebration and thanksgiving takes place at St Stephen’s Church, Congleton, on Monday, 7th February at 11.15am following a private service of committal. Everyone in Scouts, past and present, and the wider community, are welcome to attend. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to 1st Congleton Scout Group. Enquiries: John Garside and Son, Mountbatten House, Stonehouse Green, Congleton, 01260 298 829.

ELLIS (Mary Hamilton). Passed away peacefully at Leighton Hospital, on 9th January 2022, aged 94. The funeral will be held at St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel, on Thursday, 10th February at 10am then onward to the committal at Crewe Crematorium at 11.30am. Family flowers only; donations in loving memory of Mary to the Donna Louise Trust. Enquiries: Co-op Funeralcare 20, West Road, Congleton, 01260 270 290.

GOODWIN (James Stanley, “Jim”). Peacefully at rest on Saturday, 15th January 2022 at Royal Stoke University Hospital, Jim, aged 90, of Brown Edge. A beloved son of the late Frederick and Janet, and a loved brother, brother-in-law and uncle. Jim will be sadly missed by all his loving family and friends. The funeral service is at Hill Top Methodist Church, Biddulph Moor, on Friday, 4th February at 10.30am prior to interment in the churchyard. Family flowers only, by request please; donations preferred in memory of Jim to Hill Top Methodist Church. Enquiries: John Garside and Son, 2, Cross Street, Biddulph, 01782 513 210.

HARRIS (John Samuel). John passed away peacefully on Monday, 17th January 2022 at Macclesfield District General Hospital, aged 72. A well-loved man in the town of Congleton, John was a cherished husband to Sheila; devoted and supportive father to Becca; wonderful father-in-law to Suzy; loving brother to Ros, Ann and Sharon; dear brother-in-law to Phil, Paul, Dave, Malc and Caroline; much-loved uncle to Emma, Matt and Oli and dear friend to many. John will be lovingly remembered for his love to laugh and warm personality; he will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. The funeral will be held at Birches Crematorium, Northwich, at noon on Friday, 4th February. The family are truly grateful for all the kind messages of condolences and cards that have been sent in John’s memory. We request that instead of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to Parkinson’s UK. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jason and Abi at Larvin and Clegg Funeral Care, 20, Antrobus Street, Congleton, 01260 297 963, larvinandclegg.co.uk. Please direct all enquiries to them.

MOSS (Joan Laura). Peacefully at Leighton Hospital, Crewe, Joan, aged 92. The loving wife of the late Brian. Joan will be remembered with love and affection by all who knew her. Her funeral will take place on Tuesday, 8th February at Vale Royal Crematorium at noon. For further information and to offer condolences, please visit josephoconnell.co.uk /recently deceased or telephone the funeral home on 01270 584 447.

RATCLIFFE (Arthur). Passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home on Tuesday, 4th January 2022, aged 91. Beloved husband to the late Marie; respected dad of Howard, Heather and the late Alison; treasured granddad of Adam, Dean, Charlotte and Holly; dear great-granddad of Lily, Caitlin, Gracie and Violet, and a dear brother of Sylvia and the late Kathleen. The funeral service is at St Edward’s Church, Leek, on Monday, 7th February at 1.15pm, prior to committal at Macclesfield Crematorium. Will relatives please accept this, the only intimation, and would friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the church. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to the British Heart Foundation or Blue Cross Animal Fund. At Arthur’s request a touch of blue is to be worn. Enquiries and donations: Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, 32, West Street, Congleton, 01260 277 622. afinneron.co.uk.

SIMMONS (Lilly). Peacefully on 18th January 2022, with her loving daughters Lorraine and Jane by her side, at the Laurels Care Home, Lilly, aged 86, of Congleton. The dearly loved and devoted wife of the late “Ronnie” Ronald Simmons; loving mum of Lorraine, Paul and Jane; dear mother-in-law of Lyndsey and a cherished and treasured grandma and nanna of Kirsty, Lilly, Joseph and Lucas. The cortege leaves her home on Wednesday, 2nd February at 1.20pm for a service and cremation at Macclesfield Crematorium at 2pm. Will relatives please accept this the only intimation and would friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the crematorium. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to Dementia UK or the British Heart Foundation. Enquiries and donations: Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, 32, West Street, Congleton, 01260 277 622. afinneron.co.uk.

STEPHENSON (Enid Marjorie). Passed away peacefully at home on 21st January 2022, Marjorie, aged 82, of Sandbach. The devoted wife of Barrie; much-loved mum to Tim, Clare and Alistair, and treasured nan. The funeral service is at St Peter’s Church, Elworth, on Thursday, 3rd February at noon, followed by committal at Birches Crematorium. Family flowers only; donations, if desired, to the MS Society or Macmillan Cancer Unit at Royal Stoke University Hospital. Enquiries: Williams and Lowe Funeral Directors, Field House, 40, Congleton Road, Sandbach, 01270 750 852.

WRIGHT (Margaret Helen, nee Sherwin). Peacefully at home in Sandbach on 21st January 2022, surrounded by her loving family, Margaret, formerly of Bolesworth Hill Farm, Gresty Green Farm and Reynolds Farm. The beloved wife of John; much-loved mum and mum-in-law of Andrew and Joy, Deborah and Garet; inspirational and fun-loving grandma to Jack, Annabel, Harry and Jakey. Gone but never forgotten! The funeral service is at Brown Knowl Methodist Church on Tuesday, 8th February at 11.30am. Family flowers only; donations, if desired please, for Brown Knowl Methodist Church and Wesley Avenue Methodist Church. Margaret herself requested everyone wear bright colours, if possible. Enquiries: AW Burrows and Son, Family Funeral Directors, Swanley, Nantwich, 01270 524 243.

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