A FORMER chairman and honorary life member of Stonyhurst Park Golf Club has died aged 94.
Mr Arthur Naylor Wilkinson, who although a former Whalley resident, had been living at Castleford Home For the Elderly in Clitheroe for the past two years, died earlier this month. He was the dearly loved husband of the late Hylda, brother-in-law to Ann and Jack and cousin to Harry.
A well-respected and popular local personality, he had been one of the leading lights in the earlier development of Stonyhurst Park Golf Club as a past captain, first chairman and honorary life member.
Originally from Warrington, Mr Wilkinson initially trained as a draughtsman and as such worked with American airmen in establishing their base at Warton during the Second World War. Subsequently he became a retail marketing manager for the Milk Marketing Board, where he met and made lifelong friends amongst the Ribble Valley farmers. Some time ago he was made an honorary life member of their association. He always maintained close links with his home town of Warrington, supporting St Elphin’s Church there and Warrington Rugby League Club, where he was also a life member.
Paying tribute, close friend Mr Raymond Ormerod said: “A good number of our members, ladies and men, visited him from time to time. He always looked forward to hearing news of the golf club. I saw him on the day he died. Typically, he asked about his ‘Churchill Chair’. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude for his unstinting devotion to the early development of our club. “If it wasn’t for his vision and drive, the clubhouse would not have been completed as it was in 1994. After such a long and active life, most of which was spent here in the Ribble Valley, he will be missed, but fondly remembered by many.”
A funeral service was held on Monday at All Hallows Church, Mitton.