Howard Ashworth

Posted by Sarah Barton.

Howard Ashworth - ObsHoward Ashworth of Thwaites Road, Oswaldtwistle, passed away peacefully in the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Saturday 1st September 2018, aged 49 years.

Throughout his life Howard has always been active and on the go. He has worked for various companies over the years including Caligen Foan in Accrington, Tesco in Great Harwood, and Sally’s Salon Services, but without a doubt his favourite was as a steward for Blackburn Rovers a post which he held for seventeen years.

He greatly enjoyed running, walking, photography and also enjoyed sampling Real Ale and was a keen member of various groups including Ossy Joggers, Team MGPT, Love Trail, Baxenden Bugs, Springvale Rambling, East Lancashire Coach Ramblers and Pint Of Guest to name but a few.    He was also in training to run the Manchester Marathon.

He liked being out and about especially in other people’s company and also loved spending time with his family.

Howard sadly leaves behind his dearly loved mum Peggy, his much loved sister Maxine, he was also a treasured uncle of Michelle, Tegan and Cain as well as a cherished great uncle of Ruby and Margot.

His funeral service will take place at 3.00pm (today) Friday 14th September 2018, at Accrington Crematorium.

Family flowers only please, but donations are welcome in memory of Howard for Headway (the Brain Damage Charity). Further enquires please to Paul Barton at Barton & Hallworth Funeral Service, The Old Foxhill, 136-8 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle. BB5 3DR. Tel: 01254 390542


4 Responses to “Howard Ashworth”

  1. Barbara Sharples

    Howard was a very keen and enthusiastic walker. He always had his camera with him and made detailed photographic records of all his walks. He welcomed all new walkers to groups and offered to walk with them. He led walks for Spring Vale Rambling Class Darwen. Howard has left his footprints in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, the Lake District, North Wales, across Lancashire especially Hyndburn and many other places such as one of his favourite places Hebden Bridge and Hardcastle Craggs. He will be missed by everyone on the NE Lancs Coach Rambles monthly walks and many of us our sharing our happy memories of him. He will be missed by many many people and walking groups.

  2. Barbara Sharples

    Howard was a good friend and dependable walking companion. If he said he was attending a walk he would always show up on time. Howard joined the Spring Vale Rambling Class about five years ago and was a very popular member. He suggested many new walking areas for the club to explore. His favourite areas were the hills and valleys of the Hebden Bridge and Todmorden area. Howard could always be found at the front of the walk, invariably taking lots of photographs of his exploits, to be displayed in his online albums, for the benefit of his friends to relive his last adventure. Howard chatted to everyone he met and supported newer members with help and encouragement.
    Howard was also in regular attendance on the North East Lancashire Coach Rambles, he enjoyed walking in new areas in the North of England. His photographs of these walks were also keenly followed by his friends. At the end of the walking day Howard enjoyed nothing more than to sample whatever real ale the local breweries had to offer, surrounded with fellow walkers discussing the day exploits.
    My lasting memory of Howard will be his always smiling face, even when the weather was atrocious with the rain running down our necks. He will be sadly missed by all his friends.

    Michael Counter
    Spring Vale Rambling Class Darwen

    Area Chairman
    North East Lancashire Area
    Ramblers Association

  3. Carol Crowe

    So welcoming when I first started running with the group. Always encouraging, cheerful and chatty. Loved reading his posts of his rambles and ‘pub’ endings. Rest in peace Howard.

  4. Suzanne Murray

    Absolutely loved running with Howard. He was one of the kindest, supportive people I have ever met. Loved his positivity and energy. Thank you for being you. Sending all my love to his


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