Tributes paid to former Foulridge newsagent (78)

LOVING MEMORY: Geoffrey Steele (S)
LOVING MEMORY: Geoffrey Steele (S)
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Tributes have been paid to a former Foulridge newsagent (78) and lifelong Burnley FC supporter.

Geoffrey Steele, of Sycamore Rise, died suddenly from septicemia earlier this month.

His funeral at St Michael and All Angels Church was attended by more than 150 family and friends, and included a reading from his close pal John Woodward.

He is survived by his wife June, children Jon and Joanne, grandchildren Natalie, Courtney and Elliott and great-grandchildren Myla and Harley.

Mrs Steele (75) said: “He has been a good husband, and a very good father, grandad and great-grandad. His family was everything to him.

“We liked our holidays and we kept up with a good circle of friends every week.

“He liked watching his sport, and he did like his jazz music.

“We would like to thank the Rector John Knott, he did an excellent service, John Woodward, and Barbara Wilkinson, who did the bible reading.”

Mr Steele was born in Colne to proud parents Jim and Freda Steele in August 1936. He attended Park Primary School, where he became friends with Mr Woodward, and later Park Secondary Modern.

On leaving school, he began an apprenticeship in painting and decorating at Nelson and Colne College, where he first met June, who was doing a full-time secretarial course.

They married in 1959, and in 1965 the pair took over Foulridge Newsagents - where they stayed for 25 years.

The good cook, fondly known as “Geoff the Chef”, became an active member of the Foulridge Village Hall Committee, and was also a long-standing member of West Craven Probus Club and Colne History Society.

Mr and Mrs Steele celebrated their golden wedding six years ago.