Rotary club stalwart Arthur dies (82)

Arthur Bardsley. (S)
Arthur Bardsley. (S)
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The West Craven area lost a dedicated and charitable man in March with the death of Arthur Bardsley.

Mr Bardsley, a former president of Barnoldswick and Earby Rotary Club, died on March 20th at the age of 82.

His long-standing commitment to the Rotary organisation was encapsulated by the fact that during his presidency in 2000-01, he underwent a heart bypass operation but was back in action after missing only two weekly club meetings.

Mr Bardsley was a wizard in computing and took responsibility for all club IT matters. This ranged from the setting up and updating of its website and producing its directory through to tickets and other materials for club events.

Always polite and helpful, he was ever ready to sort out members’ personal computing problems.

As a young man he travelled the world with the Royal Navy, and later became involved with the Loch Class Frigates Association, serving as secretary, chairman and president, and was proud of the fact that stones from every Scottish Loch, representing each ship in the class, were built into a memorial cairn at the country’s National Arboretum.

Together with his wife, Judith, he attended many association reunions enjoying the company of many old shipmates and friends.

Members of the association formed a guard of honour at his cremation at Skipton, which included tributes from the association, Rotary and family members.

He was a retired services engineer at Trafford Park in Manchester and lived in East Parade in Barnoldswick.

Described as an open, generous and true gentleman, Mr Bardsley leaves behind his wife Judith, son Paul, daughter-in-law, step-children, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.