Tributes have been paid to a ‘well liked’ NHS support worker who supported adults with learning disabilities and wanted to help others.
Phil Kershaw from Bacup passed away from complications relating to liver disease at Royal Blackburn Hospital on November 27, aged 64. The beloved father-of-two left his work as a foreman at Bacup Shoe to be a driving instructor.
He joined Courtesy Shoes in 1988 and proudly worked as an NHS support worker for adults with learning disabilities between 2004 and 2019. He would visit people in their homes across East Lancashire to provide them with much needed support.
His daughter, Lauren, said: “Dad was funny. He was well known and well liked in Bacup.
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“He loved travelling anywhere with sun. He loved listening to all sorts of music and had a special love for Eurovision. He was proud to be a support worker. For him it was about kindness and helping others.
“My dad was a driving instructor for only a year and everyone he taught passed for the first time.”
Son of Sally and the late Harry Kershaw, Phil was born and raised in Bacup along with his siblings Christine and the late Clifford. Phil was a warm and familiar face around Bacup. Old colleagues and other pub goers would recognise him in the street and stop for a chat.
The former Blackthorn School pupil enjoyed holidays to Turkey, the Dominican Republic, the Canary Islands, Portugal, Egypt and Greece with family and friends. He loved visiting The Railway in Waterfoot and enjoyed walking over the moors towards Todmorden.
The devoted grandfather-of-two was married to Sheila Kershaw until recently. He met Sheila at a stock car racing event in Coventry. The couple got married at Garstang Methodist Church in 1982.
Phil will be dearly missed by Sheila, his daughters, Lauren and Hayley, son-in-law, Stephen, and grandchildren, Holly and Luke.
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