Graham Coward (13 Jan 1956 - 2 Dec 2018)

Funeral Service

Location
Overdale Crematorium (West Chapel) Overdale Drive Bolton BL1 5BU
Date
11th Dec 2018
Time
1pm
Funeral Director
Deighan's Funeral Parlour

In loving memory of Graham Coward who sadly passed away on 2nd December 2018.

Graham started life living in Wellington street in the centre of Bolton where he discovered his love of horticulture with his first ever garden, which he loved to play in as a child. His education started at Pikes Lane primary school in Deane which he attended up to the age of around 11, after which he attended Lever Edge High school. During high school he moved to Netherfield Road, Great Lever with his brother Brian and parents Gladys and Norman.

After leaving school Graham worked for Bolton Council, starting in the parks department and working his way up. He stayed with Bolton council for around 10 years meeting many good friends during this time. He became friends with 'Jeff' during this time, with whom he completed many additional jobs outside of work known as 'foreigners'. One of these jobs included a foreigner for a friend of Jeff's called Bernard in Southport. It was at this job that Graham (18) came across a young lady called Ursula (20), who was Bernard's cousin, who was visiting Southport as part of a family holiday. Graham and Ursula were married in 1976 and over the next 14 years they were to have three sons; Mark (now 40), Andrew (now 38) and Daniel (now 35) and one Daughter; Amy (now 29). Graham and his family have lived in Horwich ever since he got married, living in Arkwright Street and then Chorley New Road.

Graham then left Bolton Council working as a self-employed garden labourer for a number of years completing foreigners for various companies including the then Victoria Mill in Horwich and private jobs for local families such as the Spencer family.

Graham then worked in Ellesmere Port in Cheshire for three to four years, again in the field of Horticulture. He moved on after this to work in London for a short period of time in the same field. Distance from his then young family became an important issue and he shortened his commute significantly by re-locating to Telford in Shropshire, to work as a manager for a horticultural company in that area for around three or four years. Whilst in Telford Graham lived in a caravan on a local families drive during the week whilst he visited his family back in Horwich during the weekend. This reflected the importance Graham placed on maintaining a family life whilst he lived and worked away.

Graham then moved back to Horwich and worked for a local company called Armstrong’s recycling for several years. During the later years of his employment he suffered a back injury through a work placed accident within this role. Shortly after this he left there employment through ill health and gained volunteer based employment with Asda at their Horwich store as a temporary Greeter. He was successful in his volunteer placement and was employed with Asda as a full time Greeter around a year later. He worked for Asda for around 10 years and was forced to leave their employment in around 2010 due to severe ill health related to his earlier accident at Armstrong’s many years before. It is important to understand that Graham loved working for Asda and became somewhat of a cult hero with both customers and staff members alike. Both of which remember him fondly!

Graham was diagnosed with throat cancer on September 2017, received treatment, and was declared free from cancer several months later. In September 2018 it was confirmed that Graham’s cancer had returned as liver cancer and he sadly lost his battle with this disease on Sunday 2nd December 2018.

Graham’s family would love to hear your own personal experiences and stories of your own time spent with Graham across his lifetime. They would also love to see any photos you may have of Graham, and yourselves with Graham from across the years, no matter the scenario! We all know Graham loved a good night out. Don’t be afraid to share these photo’s as well.

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Lastly, thank you for being part of Graham’s life and for attending the last celebration of it on the 11th December.

Ursula.

Daniel Coward wrote

Goodbye Dad,

If there are cars up there, don't worry- that's what brakes are for!!

Lots of love,

Danny & Gemma

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Amy Coward wrote

You may be gone from my side...but you are never gone from my mind. Its not good bye....its see you later.

Amy x x x

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Andrew Coward wrote

Will miss you Daddy bear. Go be with Gladys, Brian and Norman. All our love Andy & Louise.

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Mark Coward wrote

Your golden heart has stopped beating, your hard working hands are now at rest. It breaks my heart to let you go, but they only take the best....

RIP dad and my friend...

Thanks for the memories, until we meet again...on the other side of the stairs.

Love Mark x x x

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Ursula Coward wrote

Forever in my heart you'll stay. Loved and remembered everyday. (UMC) Ursula. xx

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Maggie Coward wrote

Dear Grandad,

I am very upset but that doesn't mean that I will stop loving you!

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Isabella Coward wrote

I miss you so much. I love you. xxxxxxxxx

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Caron Dean wrote

I was talking about Graham to our Ian today and the conversations we used to have that were sometimes quite deep, as well as the daft things we did at the Vic. What came of that conversation was that how proud he was of you and the family, and how much he loved you all was very clear and so special. He will still be beside you in everything you do and i'm sure you will continue to feel the warmth of a hug from him when you need it most.

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Susan Upshall wrote

Aww, so sorry Andrew. I worked with Graham at Asda for quite a few years. True gentlemen. RIP. xx

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Kate Ellarby wrote

Sorry to hear this sad news Andrew. xxx

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Allan-Margaret Thornburn wrote

So sorry to hear this. He was a lovely man, and a true gentlemen. RIP Graham. Love to you all. xxxx

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Amanda Guest wrote

Oh no, poor Graham! He was such a lovely man...... he will be so very sadly missed... my love and thoughts go out to all his loved ones. xxxxxx

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Carol Payne wrote

Thinking of you Ursula. Lots of love to you and your family. Graham was such a lovely man, a true gent. x

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Sonia Kay wrote

Going to miss Graham, such a lovely gentlemen. He made us all feel very welcome when we moved into our new house. Thinking of you all. xxxxxxxx

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Veronica Ryder wrote

Thinking of you all Ursula x

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Leanne Murray wrote

Thoughts are with you all Ursula , heaven has gained an angel and gentlemen. Sending you all love.

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Dani Wooley wrote

Sorry to hear about your dad passing Dan. Have fond memories of him when he was the greeter - sending my condolences to you all.

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Simon Philpott wrote

Sorry to hear about your dad passing. Hope you're ok. Condolences to the family!

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Fiona Bartlett wrote

So sorry to hear this Danny, big hugs to to you, Gemma and your family.

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Lorraine Bretherton wrote

So sorry Dan xx

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Jean Valentine Meadowcroft wrote

So sorry to hear your sad news, your dad was one of life's true gentlemen, always a smile and a kind word for whoever he met. Graham and Ursula were a match made in heaven, true soulmates!

Please accept our condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you! xx

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Lalita Fay (Nee Patel) wrote

HERE I AM YOUR INSEPARABLE FRIEND..I REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO GOT TO TOWN EVERY SATURDAY MORNING TO BUY HIS PLASTIC SOLDIERS , RED INDIANS AND COWBOYS. WE WALKED TO RIVINGTON PIKE RIGHT TO THE TOP IT FELT LIKE MOUNT EVEREST,BUT NOT TO GRAHAM. WE ATTENDED ALL OF THE SAME SCHOOLS. WE ALSO WENT TO SALVATION ARMY SUNDAY SCHOOL AS MOST OF HIS MOTHERS SIDE OF THE FAMILY WERE OFFICERS ETC. THE SATURDAY MATINEE WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK ONE SHILLING FIVE PENCE ADMISSION FEE.

WHEN HE MARRIED URSULA I WAS STILL AROUND AT THEIRS WE WOULD GO TO THE VICTORIA PUB ON THE CORNER AND PLAY POOL.
WE WOULD GO FOR WALKS TOGETHER ALL THREE OF US TO CHINESE GARDENS AT MOSS BANK. I ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM WHENEVER I LOOK AT MY GARDEN.

YOU WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART.

CONDOLENCES TO HIS LOVELY FAMILY. R.I.P

LALITA FAY( NEE PATEL)

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Again at our wedding

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Looking Dapper with a handbag 😉

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Graham and Jose at Andy's and my wedding x

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