Waddington man (59) dies of bowel cancer

COURAGEOUS: Paul Whitney. (s)
COURAGEOUS: Paul Whitney. (s)

Well-known Waddington man Mr Paul Whitney has succumbed to bowel cancer after a courageous two-year fight with the disease.

Paul (59), of Regent Street, was a popular member of the Waddington community and showed extraordinary spirit at every stage of his illness.

Born in Hareholme, Rawtenstall, Paul attended Cloughfold Primary and Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, before going to Burnley College of Art.

After starting his working life in the Department of Employment, Bacup, in 1969, Paul travelled to California, working with his father as a furniture refinisher, before returning to the Rossendale Valley and taking up a position as marketing manager at Hambledon Studios, Accrington. A talented artist and photographer, Paul went on to join P&P in Haslingden, before founding the successful print finishing company, Whitney Woods, with friend and colleague Chris Woods. Today, the company employs more than 20 people and exports a large part of its production.

A keen footballer, Paul was heavily involved at local league level from 1965 to 1990, starting his playing life as a member of Newchurch Methodist Boys. Paul was also an ardent supporter of Blackburn Rovers and Rawtenstall Cricket Club.

Paul’s love of travel led to him touring the USA and, mMore recently, he toured western Europe with his wife and best friend Kath.

Paul is also survived by his mother Dorothy and sister Gaynor.

A memorial service will be held at Waddington Methodist Church on Saturday, June 11th, at 2 p.m.

You can leave a tribute to Paul below - and there’s more on this amazing character in this week’s Clitheroe Advertiser & Times.