Tributes to 'proud Boltonian' who died in hospital

Frank Waterworth

Frank Waterworth

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

A FORMER Astley Bridge councillor described as a “proud Boltonian” by friends has died, aged 87.

Rotarian Frank Waterworth, previously a magistrate, chairman of the Bolton North East Conservatives and chairman of both Eagley and Egerton cricket clubs, died in hospital on Thursday, June 12, after a long illness.

His son Colin Waterworth paid tribute to him, describing him as a busy man who worked hard to put the needs of his community first when he was a councillor in the 1960s and 1970s.

He said: “He was a proper head of the family, in all senses. He was always quite happy to get involved in things. He was a decent person, he treated people decently. He will be sadly missed.”

Mr Waterworth was born in Bury, but his family moved to Bolton when he was a baby. He lived in Astley Bridge all his life.

He started life as a farmer, before he lost his farming land, on the site now owned by Sharples School, following a court battle.

In later life he worked as a driving instructor.

Mr Waterworth was married to the late Elsie, and together they had four children — David, Colin, Gillian and the late Graham as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Current Astley Bridge councillor John Walsh knew Mr Waterworth for almost 40 years, and said when he last saw him they enjoyed a “bright, very lively” conversation.

He said: “He was a proud Boltonian, and offered a great deal to the community.”

The funeral service will take place tomorrow, at St Paul’s Church, Astley Bridge at 10.30am followed by a private cremation and refreshments at Egerton Cricket Club.

Family flowers only, but donations can be made to Diabetes UK.

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12:12pm Mon 23 Jun 14

steveG says...

Frank was a lovely man with time for everyone and he and his family,especially his wife Elsie and son Graham dedicated endless hours,working generously and tirelessly,over many years, for Eagley cricket club in particular.
Frank was a lovely man with time for everyone and he and his family,especially his wife Elsie and son Graham dedicated endless hours,working generously and tirelessly,over many years, for Eagley cricket club in particular. steveG
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