A farming community stalwart and popular Clitheroe man has died at the age of 65.
Around 250 people attended the funeral of Roger Haythornthwaite, who retired earlier this year from his job as a driver for Dugdale Nutrition, where he had worked for 44 years, being the firm’s longest-serving employee.
Born at Carter’s Farm, Paythorne, he was one of six children and attended Gisburn Primary School before going on to Riversmead Secondary School, now Bowland High.
After leaving school at the age of 14, Roger worked on the family farm for several years before he took up a job at Gisburn Auction Mart.
He joined Dugdale Nutrition in 1969, a year after marrying wife Jean, and the couple moved to York Street in Clitheroe where Roger became a popular figure, helping elderly neighbours out by doing odd jobs.
Father to Susan, Ian and Mark, and grandfather to Simon and Emily, Roger attended sequence dancing sessions regularly at various village halls throughout the Ribble Valley.
A funeral was held at Clitheroe Parish Church followed by a burial at Clitheroe Cemetery.
Donations to the North West Air Ambulance in Roger’s memory were requested in lieu of flowers and the total given stands at £1,150.