The funeral of a well-known Colne businessman and former Trawden parish councillor will be held at St Bartholomew’s Church from 10-30am today.
Raymond Clough (75) died from kidney and heart failure on September 3rd, after being admitted to Airedale Hospital with pneumonia last month.
The former Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School student will be remembered for his tireless contribution to the local area, and for his approachable and friendly nature.
Raymond, who was born and brought up in Great Harwood, set up plant and machinery hire business RJ Clough & Son at Parrock Farm, in Winewall, in 1970 – having moved from Hanson Feeds Ltd in his home town.
Due to expansion, the vintage vehicle enthusiast took his firm to Red Scar Works, Primet Street, in 1994, after buying the premises in 1988. Paying tribute this week, Raymond’s son and business co-owner Andrew Clough (47), of Skipton Old Road, said: “He was a very talkative man, and people said to me he was a very nice man. He always had the time of day to talk to somebody. A lot of his customers developed into friends, and quite a few are a bit shocked and upset.”
Raymond, who worked on the parish council for approximately five years, was a member of Ribble Valley Vintage Club, and was also a huge supporter of the annual Trawden Agricultural Show. In his later life he enjoyed travelling.
Donations to be made to the North West Air Ambulance or the RNIB.