Tributes are pouring in for a beloved Bacup grandad who passed away earlier this month. Jack Corless was 83 when he died from heart failure on January 2.
Born in 1940, Jack was brought up in Bacup and spent his whole life in the area, marrying Jean in 1960 and raising their three children. He was a wagon driver for most of his life, but in the 1990s a heart attack meant he had to give up his HGV licence.
Jack’s daughter, Jackie Buckley told LancsLive: “It was more devastating than the heart attack actually, having to give his HGV licence up.
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“I think he’d rather give his right arm away than his licence. So he had to give that up and semi-retired, but it meant he could spend more time with his grandchildren who he adored.”
Following his stint as a driver, Jack and Jean spent their time as relief workers in pubs and clubs, taking over if there were any absences or a lack of staff. He also frequented local darts and dominoes clubs in the local area, where he got to know many of the residents in Bacup.
In their later years, Jack and Jean started to become fosterers for animals in need with Rossendale Responsible Animal Rescue, but Jackie says this meant the family had a lot more pets than they bargained for. She added: “They were fosterers for little dogs that had been abused.
“However, they were somewhat failed fosterers as they’d tend to want to keep the dogs. The one I’ve got I inherited from my dad, little Poppy who is 18 years old and she was a foster.
“My dad always had a dog sat on his lap. Always, in every photo there’s a dog sat on his lap.”
Jackie’s mum and Jack’s wife Jean passed away in 2020, only months before she and Jack were due to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple met in a social club in Bacup in the late 1950s, before getting married locally.
Now, Jack is being remembered by those who knew him through work and in the Bacup area. Jackie said: “Lots of people were saying they remember him and he was a gentleman.
“And he was, he was a gentleman, my dad, he was lovely. Everybody knew him, he wasn’t an angry man or a horrible man, he wasn’t like that, my dad.
“There was always a house full at our house and although he pretended not to like it, I think he did. Even though he turned his hearing aids down so he couldn’t hear us.”
In a tribute to the late grandad, one Facebook user wrote: “I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. Your mum and dad will be forever in my memories. Please give my condolences to all your family. Take comfort in the fact you have been a wonderful supportive family. And I’m sure they both knew they were well loved.”
Another said: “I had lovely time with you and your beautiful mum and dad at caravan park it be long time now anyway take care love you to all thinking of you and your family.”
Jack leaves behind his three children, Desneé and Susanna, his grandchildren John, Jamie, Jack, Jodi, Jordan, Lilly and Rosie and his great-grandchildren Tia, Josh, Skye, Isla, Lola, Elijah and Pearl.
Jack’s funeral will take place on January 18 and collections will be made for donations to Rossendale Responsible Animal Rescue.
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