FAMILY man Mr Raymond Ireland, who always had a smile for his customers at Empress Fencing, Chatburn, has died peacefully aged 74.
Born to Henry and Joyce Ireland in 1934, Mr Ireland, who was brought up on Fishes and Pegs Hill Farm, in Henthorn Road, Clitheroe, was the middle of three sons.
After attending St James' CE Primary School and Ribblesdale Secondary School, Clitheroe, Mr Ireland worked on his father's farm.
He married his wife, Olive, in 1958 – it would have been their golden wedding on September 20th – he then went to work on a farm in Padiham.
In 1961, Mr Ireland got a job with the Milk Marketing Board, retiring in 1996 after 35 years' service. He then went to work full-time with his son and family at Empress Fencing.
A funeral service held at All Hallows Church, in Mitton, was well attended.
He leaves his wife, daughter Jayne, son Andrew, son-in-law Chris, daughter-in-law Emma and five grandchildren.
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