Blackburn community champion dies
3:10pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have poured in for a popular community figure, who fought to save a primary school from closure.
Peter Hogan, 70, died peacefully at home in Elmfield Street, Church, surrounded by his family after a battle with motor neurone disease.
He grew up in Jubilee Street and was a former chairman of governors at Sacred Heart RC Primary School, helping to save the school from closure when the linked Sacred Heart RC Church closed.
A then life-time member of the church he later moved to St Joseph’s where he organised collections for the parish.
Peter was also famous for his milk round and would often be seen wearing his bowler hat on his horse and cart in the 1960s and 1970s.
He later became a technician for the Milk Marketing Board before he retired. He leaves his wife, Carole, son Michael and daughter Fiona, daughter and son in laws Alison and Andrew and grandchildren Jack, Tom, Mollie, Eric, Emily and Oscar.
Michael, 45, said: “Absolutely everyone knew him and he would help anyone who needed it or give them advice so that they weren’t stuck.
“Even when he was ill he would still do all he could and would regularly ring people up to offer them advice.
“Although, even though we knew how popular he was, even we have been surprised by the volume of cards our family has received which shows how well-liked he was.”
His widow Carole said: “He was an absolutely marvellous man and will be sorely missed.” St Joseph’s parish priest Martin Saunders said: “He was a great parish worker who fought to keep the Sacred Heart RC Primary School open when the church closed with his sheer enthusiasm and dedication to the children.”
His funeral will be held at St Joseph’s Church, Accrington, on Wednesday at 9.30am followed by burial at Dill Hall Cemetery at 10.30am.
All family, friends and neighbours are welcome. Flowers only.
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