In her later years, Arthur’s wife Peggy had not enjoyed good health and was treated for a number of illnesses. In July 2014, Peggy died very suddenly. From this time on, Arthur became increasingly frail and relied on help from myself, Rosamund and John. He then requested a move away from Oldham. We were fortunate enough to find a small flat at Ford Gardens where he enjoyed the fellowship of the Wednesday afternoon group and the additional support of Linzie, Beryl and Pete. He lived largely independently and was often to be seen trotting on his crutches to the local shop, to replenish his sweeties and his brandy. He also enjoyed visiting the Ladies at Chequers Hair Salon, where he was always given special attention. When he was asked”How are you Arthur”? he would always answer with”I’m alright and I tell lies”. In his time at Ford Gardens, Arthur and John were able to share their Army experiences, watch a bit of football, go for walks and enjoy a pint together. He also had visits from his grandchildren Ian and Philip.
Arthur loved music but it had to be Ladies singing, especially Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline and he said he didn’t like men, so we were surprised to discover that he has selected a male singer, Norman Greenbaum, for his recessional funeral music.
In January, Arthur embraced a move to Broughton House in Salford, a charity care home for ex-service personnel. Although not there for long, he was very positive about the care and company provided by ‘the Ladies’ there. Being not quite sure about the financial organisation, he believed that the pints of beer he enjoyed from the bar there were a free perk, and we took the decision to allow him to continue what he thought were his free pints. Should anyone wish to make a donation this afternoon, we should be happy to pass it on to Broughton House in memory of Dad.
We should like to offer our sincere thanks to Ruth, the Minister; Julian and the staff of the Co-operative funeral Services and also to Zoe and Paul Entwistle for some needed assistance in preparing for today. After the committal, we should be happy if you were to join us at Rochdale Rugby Club on Moorgate Avenue to share your memories of Dad.
Dad was certainly a character who made an impression wherever he went and will be especially remembered by his 4 loving children, 3 in laws, 5 grandchildren, their partners and 1 great grandchild.