Tributes to Nelson sports champ and war hero who died aged 93

Bernard Jenner
Bernard Jenner

Tributes are pouring in for Mr Bernard Jenner (93) who died peacefully in his sleep at Brierfield House care home last Saturday.

Mr Jenner was well-known in Pendle for his sporting involvements – playing snooker or darts at the Royal British Legion Club in Colne, or cricket for the Colne Co-op team, later umpiring in a local league.

He was born in Haywards Heath in West Sussex in 1918 and, after finishing school, he signed up to be in the army and joined in 1937.

Mr Jenner served in the Second World War and spent the majority of his time in the Far East.

He was bayonetted and left for dead twice while serving in the war, and suffered with bouts of malaria on more than one occasion.

But each time he recovered and battled on, one of the traits of his character.

Mr Jenner later joined the Royal Military Police before retiring from the army in 1947, the year the family moved to Albert Road, Colne.

After retirement from active service, Mr Jenner spent a lot of his time gardening, whether it was growing vegetables from his own garden at Briercliffe Avenue, Colne, as a hobby, or in paid employment maintaining the gardens at White Hill House in Sabden, where his late wife Edith was housekeeper.

He spent the last year of his life in Brierfield House but before that, he had lived at his daughter and son-in-law’s house in Hibson Road, Nelson, and would quite often wander across to Nelson Poultry Club to play snooker while not tending to his tomatoes in the greenhouse.

Mr Jenner was also known for his generosity, so much so that without knowing he was taking change out of his son-in-law’s collection bottle, he would take a handful of coins down to the Salvation Army in Nelson whenever he walked into town.

Linda Cregg, his daughter, said: “He was such a caring man, a gentleman. He will be sorely missed by us all.”

His son-in-law, Malcolm, added: “He was quite a reserved man, but respectful and always very smart.”

Mr Jenner leaves behind his five daughters Shirley, Linda, Jeannette, Carole and Elaine, his eight grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.