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Death Notices, 28th April 2022

BAILEY (Michael). Passed away suddenly on Monday, 11th April 2022, while in the care of Astbury Mere Care Home, Michael, aged 80 years, of Congleton, now reunited with his beloved wife Sheila. A much-admired dad of Mark and the late Lesley; loved brother of Raymond; loved brother-in-law of Muriel, and loved uncle of Jean. Michael will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. The funeral service is to take place at Trinity Methodist Church, Congleton, on Friday, 6th May at 2.15pm prior to committal at Macclesfield Crematorium. No flowers by request please, donations preferred in memory of Michael to Macmillan Cancer Support. Enquiries to John Garside and Son, Mountbatten House, Stonehouse Green, Congleton, 01260 298 829.

BEDSON (Peter). Aged 79, passed away peacefully on Sunday, 10th April 2022, at home in Congleton and after a short illness. A much-loved and devoted husband of Elaine; treasured father of Stephen and daughter-in-law Louise, Caroline and son-in-law Shawn and Lydia, and adored granddad of Rory, Lewis and Megan. Peter was a true Gent, loved and respected by many and will be sadly missed. The funeral service is to take place at St James’ Church, Congleton, on Thursday, 5th May at 10.45am, prior to interment at Congleton Cemetery. Family flowers only please; donations preferred in memory of Peter to St James’ Church or the East Cheshire Hospice. Enquiries to John Garside and Son, Mountbatten House, Stonehouse Green, Congleton, 01260 298 829.

BEECH (Betty). Passed away peacefully at Leighton Hospital on 15th April 2022, Betty, aged 93 years, of Sandbach. The devoted wife of the late Jack; much-loved mum to Janet and mother-in-law of John. Family flowers only; donations if desired to the British Heart Foundation. The funeral service is to be held at Crewe Crematorium on Tuesday, 3rd May at 10.45am. All enquiries to Williams and Lowe Funeral Directors, Field House, 40, Congleton Road, Sandbach 01270 750 852.

BLACKBURN (Kenneth). Peacefully on 11th April 2022, at Lavender House Care Home, Alsager, Kenneth aged 81 years, formerly of Congleton. The dearly loved and devoted husband of Antoinette; loving dad of Jonathan and dear father-in-law of Jaydeen; cherished and treasured granddad of Ethan and Ava; dear brother of Alan, and brother-in-law of Tricia, Marguerite and Frank. The cortege is to leave his home on Thursday, 5th May at 11.45am for Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church at noon, prior to interment at Congleton Town Cemetery. Will relatives please accept this the only intimation, and friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the church. Family flowers only, donations if desired to either Missio or Parkinson’s Society. All enquiries and donations to Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, 32, West Street, Congleton 01260 277 622. afinneron.co.uk.

BOURNE (Terry). Peacefully passed away at The Westbourne Care Home on 14th April 2022, aged 85 years. A dearly loved husband to Gillian, treasured dad to Vanessa and Jennifer, and much-loved granddad. Terry will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. The funeral service is to be held at St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel, on Wednesday, 4th May at 11.30am, then onwards to the committal at The Birches Crematorium. Family flowers only please; donations if desired to The Alzheimer’s Society. For all inquiries, please contact Co-op Funeralcare, 20, West Road, Congleton, 01260 270 290.

CROFT (John Royston, “Roy”). Aged 88, died suddenly and peacefully on 25th April 2022, at home with his family. The loving husband of 59 years of Pauline; treasured father of Helen and Frances; a caring grandfather of Gareth, Stephen, Reece and Richard, and great grandfather of Lili Mae, Charlie and Harry. The funeral arrangements are yet to be arranged. All enquires: Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, 32, West Street, Congleton, 01260 277622. afinneron.co.uk.

DRAKEFORD (Alan, AD 15/06/47 – 11/04/22). Passed away in Tenerife while on holiday, Alan, aged 74 years, of Biddulph. The loving husband of Linda; devoted and loved dad of Suzanne, Carolyn and their husbands Philip and Ian; proud granddad of Charlotte, Nick, Max and their partners, and great-grandad to Henry. The funeral arrangements are to be announced later. Enquiries to: John Garside and Son, 2, Cross Street, Biddulph, 01782 513 210.

GOODWIN (Robert, “Bob”). Sadly passed away on Wednesday, 13th April 2022, at Royal Stoke University Hospital, Bob, aged 91 years, of Harriseahead. The dearly loved and devoted husband of the late Margaret; much-loved dad of John, Pam and Kathleen and father-in-law of Sylvia; a treasured and precious granddad, great-granddad and step-granddad, and a very dear brother, brother-in-law and uncle. The funeral cortege will leave his own residence on Thursday, 5th May for a service and cremation at Bradwell Crematorium at noon. Will relatives and friends please meet at the crematorium. Family flowers only; donations preferred for Dementia UK in memory of his dear wife Margaret, care of the funeral director. Enquiries and donations to: C Edwards and Son, (Funeral Services), 155, High Street, Talke Pits, 01782 782 842.

JOHNSON (Joan). Joan passed away peacefully on Thursday, 14th April at Royal Stoke Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, aged 89. The cherished mother to Paul and Heather, and much-loved Nan to Samantha, Katy, Daniel, Ella, Oliver and William. Joan will be lovingly remembered for her kind and gentle heart and love of her family. The funeral will be held at St Lawrence’s Church, Biddulph, at 11am on Friday, 6th May. The family are truly grateful for all the kind messages of condolences and cards that have been sent in Joan’s memory. We request that instead of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes UK. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jason and Abi at Larvin and Clegg Funeral Care, 20, Antrobus Street, Congleton, 01260 297 963; please direct all enquiries to them.

MOSSON (Norman Charles). Peacefully passed away on 18th April 2022, at Douglas MacMillan Hospice, Norman, aged 76 years, of Gillow Heath, and formerly of Alsagers Bank. The dearly loved husband of Sue; much-loved Dad of Mel and Rich; treasured father-in-law of Ian and Jo; cherished granddad of Evie, William, Logan and Bracken The Dog, and a special brother-in-law and uncle. Norman will be deeply missed but lovingly remembered by his family and friends. The funeral service will take place on Monday, 9th May at St Lawrence’s Church, Biddulph, at 11.30am, interment to follow at Woodhouse Burial Ground. Family and friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the church. Floral tributes are welcomed, or donations if desired to Douglas MacMillan Hospice in memory of Norman. Enquires to John Garside, 2, Cross Street, Biddulph, 01782 513 210.

NIXON (peter). Suddenly on 18th April 2022, at his home, Peter David, aged 85 years, of Congleton. The dearly loved and devoted husband of Doreen; loving dad of Elizabeth and Richard; dear father-in-law of Jane; cherished grandpa of Sarah, Nicola, Georgia and Joseph, and a treasured great grandpa of Kai and Leo. The cortege is to leave his home on Friday, 13th May at 2.55pm for a service and cremation at Macclesfield Crematorium at 3.30pm. Will relatives please accept this the only intimation, and friends wishing to attend kindly meet at the crematorium. Family flowers only, donations if desired to East Cheshire Hospice. All enquiries and donations to Alan Finneron Funeral Directors, 32, West Street, Congleton 01260 277 622. afinneron.co.uk.

PERKIN (Roy). Sadly passed away on 3rd April 20022, aged 70 years young. He was born in Macclesfield then settled in Congleton with his loving wife Judy. He was a proud, devoted father to Michelle and Jenny, and a wonderful granddad to Jensen, Alfie, Maddy, Harrison, Kate and James-Roy. His funeral will be held at Macclesfield Crematorium at 3.30pm on Thursday, 5th May. Roy’s wishes were for this to be a party and a celebration of his life, so please wear colour. Family flowers only and any desired donations to the East Cheshire Hospice. Inquiries to S Sigley and Sons, Funeral Directors, Leek, 01538 382 048.

TIMMIS (John). John passed away peacefully at Clayton Manor Residential Care Home on 14th April 2022, aged 85 years. John was born in Congleton on 7th June 1936 and lived there all his life. He attended St Peter’s School and then the boys’ secondary school. At 18, he joined the Cheshire Regiment for his national service. While in the army, John excelled at cross-country and represented the regiment in competition. He always said that national service was the making of him, and he often reminisced about it. He met his future wife, Iris (Boardman), while working at Roldane Mill and they were married at St Stephen’s Church in Congleton in 1958. They started married life in Nelson Street but soon moved to West Heath where they raised their two daughters, Donna (Axson) and Paula (Carr) before moving to Mossley in 1987. John was a keen sportsman all his life, playing football for Congleton Rangers in his younger years, cricket, golf, badminton and pretty much anything else involving a ball! He also played crown green bowls for the ERF team, where he worked for many years, a hobby that he continued into retirement, eventually playing at the Railway Inn. Family was everything to him and perhaps his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, Eleanor and James Axson, and Daniel Carr. He greatly enjoyed his many trips to America to see his daughter Donna and her family in Ohio, travelling all over the country from South Carolina to the Rockies. There were also many treasured family holidays with both daughters and their families from Normandy to the Northumberland coast, creating unforgettable memories. John was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2017 and eventually moved to Clayton Manor Residential Care Home. His family would like to thank the carers and staff for their kindness and exceptional care over the past 14 months. A celebration of John’s life for his family and friends will be held on Tuesday, 3rd May at 11am at St Stephen’s Church, Congleton, followed by a committal service at the Macclesfield crematorium at 12.15pm. Now resting in peace, he will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and all who knew him. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, can be made in John’s memory to Alzheimer’s Society, Scott Lodge, Scott Road, Plymouth, PL2 3DU or online at alzheimers.org.uk.

WHITEHEAD (Patricia). Passed away peacefully at Priesty Fields, Congleton, on 18th April 2022, Pat, aged 76 years of Sandbach. The beloved wife of Gordon; treasured mum to Jacqueline and Catherine, and a dearly-loved grandma. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to the British Heart Foundation and The Christie. The funeral service is to be held at Birches Crematorium on Thursday, 5th May, at 3pm. All enquiries to Williams and Lowe Funeral Directors, Field House, 40, Congleton Road, Sandbach 01270 750 852.

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