Tributes to Burnley car dealer and sportsman Rennie Holdsworth
TRIBUTES have been paid to a car dealer and Burnley sportsman who has died at the age of 86.
Rennie Holdsworth started his career in the motor trade at Skippers car dealership opposite Towneley Hall, before going on to set up his own business, Rennie Holdsworth Motors on Rawlinson Street.
He later also opened a second branch on Colne Road, Brierfield.
Rennie was well known in Burnley and ran his own businesses for many years before he went into semi-retirement.
He lived in Burnley all his life, and the keen cricketer played in almost 300 Lancashire League games for Lowerhouse.
Rennie also played briefly for Burnley Football Club before he was called up to fight in the Second World War.
He was such a keen cricket fan that his family has asked for donations at the funeral to Lowerhouse Cricket Club juniors, as well as to charity MIND, and his ashes will be scattered at the club.
Rennie leaves daughter, Lesley and Joanne, and his partner Edna, who he met when he moved to Edgeworth Grove on Turf Moor estate.
Rennie moved in next door to Edna, and the pair soon became close.
They were together for 25 years, but never married, and never technically lived together, as they both kept their original houses.
Rennie’s daughter Lesley Messer said: “He was a good cricketer and quite a good sportsman for Burnley.
“Right to the day he died he was a big, big, avid cricket fan. He loved his cricket.
“When we went on holiday as children, if we passed a cricket ground we’d always have to stop and have a look at the ground.
“He was born in Burnley and he was a Burnley man.
“He was hard working, he always provided for us and he was always there for us.
“And he was always there for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.”
Stan Heaton, chairman at Lowerhouse Cricket Club said: “Rennie held a record as being the first post-war Lowerhouse batsman to score a century and for many, many years was the only person to score a century.
“The club will be represented at the funeral and it’s very pleasing that after all these years he and the family have, remembered the cricket club.”
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