Chatburn funeral director Brian Price, co-proprietor of the second generation family business, has died aged 78. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
After taking over what was then a joinery business in Downham Road, Chatburn, in 1960, Brain married his wife Jean in 1963, after his first wife Dorothy died.
As was common of the time, the firm was principally concerned with joinery. Coffin-making was a small part of the business. Brian gained his first experience of funeral directing while working for Edward Read, of Grindleton, after moving from local company Gregory Constructions.
Born in 1933, Brian spent his childhood in Browsholme, Slaidburn and Lane Ends. After moving to E.R. Veevers as a joiner aged 23, he eventually bought the firm, built up a team of joiners and ran the busy workshop, before sensing trade was changing and the company would have to move with the times. The joinery side of the business was wound down and Brian began concentrating on building his reputation as one of the area’s most trusted funeral directors.
Brian and Jean built their business over many years, welcoming daughter Carol to the family in 1965 and son Carl in 1968. Expansion came in the form of the addition of a large chapel of rest and separate garage, built in 1978.
In 1985, Carl joined the family business, becoming Brian’s partner in 1998, in Brian Price and Son Funeral Directors. The business continued to thrive, with Pauline joining the team and Brian and Jean moving to the adjacent property in Downham Road to make room for Carl’s family, including David, now 22, James (16) and Anna (14). Carol, a nursery nurse, is mother to the couple’s other grandchild, Rebecca (20).
In recent years, Brian and Jean stepped back from the day-to-day running of the business, now taking care of more than 180 funerals a year, which gave Brian time to pursue his passions of gardening and fishing. A keen member of Clitheroe Rotary Club, Brian also had a long association with the Methodist church, having occupied the role of Junior Circuit Steward for the church in his earlier years.
There’s more on the death of this well-known Chatburn figure in this week’s Clithero Advertiser & Times.