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.

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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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Graham and I on my sixth birthday, at my home in Wellington street Bolton, cant believe its 54 yr's ago. R.I.P. you will always be by my side. XX

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Albert Smith wrote

The daft things you do as a teenager. Being part of grahams group along with Kevin Shuker, and Pete Walsh we made a den in the rafters of his mums house in wetherfield road. We found a ten foot by 8 inch plank from god knows where and hauled it upstairs through the hatch at the top of the landing and wrestled it into the roof space. And then we climbed up there on occasions, sit on the plank and hide, chatting and laughing and thinking we were so clever (like his mother didnt know). He will be sadly missed.

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  • Thank you Albert. Great memories.

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  • What a Brilliant picture, i would like a copy of this if possible.. Dad was a 70's legend😎

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Tracey Ashton wrote

Graham will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. I met Graham at Asda Horwich where we were colleagues, I can honestly say one of the nicest and gentlest men I have ever known. God bless xxx

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  • Thanks Tracey. Truly loved Asda and his colleagues.

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Peter Harman wrote

I have only met Graham once at his wedding to ursula with my father Charles Harman I was only a youngster then my father and his sister Eileen and brother Gordon was his cousins I'm so sorry to hear about your loss

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  • Thank you Peter.

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Dave Mason wrote

I went to school with Daniel and spent many weekends over at there family home every time i visited Graham and Ursula treated me like family. Top bloke RIP Graham you will be missed by all,

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  • Thanks Dave. Lovely comments.

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Emma Teagle wrote

Graham was my Great Aunty Gladys’ son. I’m not sure if we ever actually met but I have a vague memory of meeting a man at her house once, maybe twice as a teenager. She lived only a five minute walk from our house so mum and I would often call in to see her. I know that my mother was very fond of Graham and I was with her on Monday when she received the call from his daughter to learn of his passing. They weren’t in regular contct since my mother had moved to the south coast many years before, but family is family and we are sad to hear that he is no longer with us. RIP Graham.

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  • Thank you for sharing your memories of my dad. All of which I personally never knew. ‘Family is Family’.... I love this, and I’m sure my dad would too.

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Eileen Goldsworthy wrote

Graham, you have been a part of my life since I was five and a half years old when I remember being so excited that Aunty Gladys, my mum's sister, had a baby boy. I remember holding you, sitting on the grass in Moss Bank Park, at the Sunday School outing in the summer of '56 and being told to be very careful with you. There are memories of the house in Wellington Street, of you running in and out with your inseparable little friend, Lalita; of your big brother Brian with whom my brother Gordon and I would 'hang out'; there were the bags of sweets Granny made up each week for her eight grandchildren; the heartbreaking sadness and grief we shared after Brian died so suddenly; the pride Aunty Gladys and Uncle Norman felt when you began working at the Parks Department and how I would visit Queens Park to see flower beds you had worked on. Your gardening skills were put to good use at the house in Netherfield Road where you created a rockery for your Mum and Dad and kept the garden in good shape. Contact over the years has been spasmodic but we met up again when I returned to Bolton in 1991, only to move away in 1996. I will never forget the warm welcome at your house when Alan and I met up with you and Ursula some years ago. I shall miss you, my favourite cousin. Thank you for the memories. Rest safe in the arms of Jesus .x

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  • Fabulous memories shared here. Thank you.

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Sarah Moyse wrote

I had the pleasure of working with Graham for many years at Asda. We would often put the world to rights. Such a lovely kind soul with a wicked sense of humour. Always had time for everyone,even when you knew he was in pain with his back. After I had left and went in shopping would always ask after my kids. Im so sad you have been taken too soon,rest in peace now my friend. Thoughts and prayers to all the family.

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  • Thank you Sarah

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Family Meal: April 2016 (HINT) he's stood at the back 😊

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  • Great pic!

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Sam Matheson wrote

I had the pleasure of working with Graham at Asda for a few years top bloke always happy to lend a hand or ear sadly missed condolences to you all x

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  • Thank you Sam

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