A gregarious and popular character, whose life’s vocation led to the setting up of a successful local business, has died suddenly after a short fight with cancer.
Michael Creighton (62), known as Mick, and his wife Joanna (Jo), set up Dove Syke Nursery in West Bradford – the result of his lifelong love of forestry and landscaping.
In recent years, the couple also turned their hand to cider production, resulting in some of their award-winning varieties being sold on a large scale, both locally and nationally.
Born in 1954 at Bramley Meade in Whalley, Mick was brought up in Waddington by parents Gordon and Margaret, alongside sister Joanne. The family lived in Queensway, before moving to Daisy Hill Farm and Mick attended Waddington and West Bradford Primary School, before going on to Settle High School and then Accrington and Rossendale College.
After qualifying as a mechanical engineer, Mick went to work at Brian Dootson’s garage in Clitheroe and then Thornber’s Mill, on machine maintenance, before setting up a successful dog food business with father Gordon, who sadly died at the early age of 51.
Mick’s first love of forestry remained, and he went to work all over the country on plantations for the Forestry Commission and also on urban landscape projects, parks and gardens.
Later, he started work in the wholesale Christmas tree industry, before buying the land at Dove Syke in 1986, where he planted and grew his own trees, supplying to many local businesses and to the public.
Outside of work, Mick’s love and enthusiasm for life was immense. He was an avid fan of motor racing and for several years was involved in racing on the track and on the committee at Warton Stock Car Club.
Mick was though, first and foremost, a proud family man. Father to Michelle and Emma, he was also step-father to Emma and Oliver and recently became a grandfather with the arrival of baby Kaleb. He was also a father figure, in their early lives, to nephews Gary, Lee and Oliver.
Mick’s wife Jo said: “Mick was very generous and kind-hearted and he never realised the influence he had on so many people’s lives or the respect that they had for him. We have had so many messages from so many people and want to make sure that the funeral is a celebration of his life, which is exactly what he would have wanted.”