Funeral of former Oldham Mayor Joe Farquhar

The funeral of former Oldham Mayor and Royton South councillor, Joe Farquhar, will take place on Thursday, March 29 at 9.45am at the United Reformed Church on Union St, Oldham.

Joe Farquhar

The cortege will then move on to Middleton Crematorium for 11.10am.

Mr Farquhar, an active member of Shaw and Heyside United Reformed Church, was 73 when he died.

“Joe was larger than life,” says Councillor Howard Sykes, Leader of the Opposition on Oldham Council. 

“He was always a man with a presence – you always knew when he was in the Chamber – and when he made a speech you could not help but listen.

“Joe served the people of Royton South for two terms from 1984 to 1988 and from 1992 to 1996, sitting as a member on six committees during this time. 

“He was also elected for a four year term to the former Greater Manchester County Council, playing a vital role in advocating the Oldham case at the city region level.

“In his final year in office, Joe became Mayor of this Borough, and his service became a family affair with his mother – Sarah – serving alongside him as Mayoress.  

“Along with his mother Sarah, Joe was a regular at the Heyside Church.  His faith was important part of his life and that of his mum.”

Joe also played a prominent role in other areas of civic life within the Borough – he was a Magistrate and a JP, and, for over 20 years, he was President of the Oldham Branch of the Royal British Legion, being an ex-Lancashire Fusilier himself. 

“Although I may have had differences of outlook and opinion with him,” added Cllr Sykes. “But this did not mean that I did not respect him and I felt that he was always a ward councillor who took a great interest in the affairs of Royton, and was an effective and independent voice and advocate for his constituents in this Chamber.

“He will be sadly missed and my personal and the Liberal Democrats condolences to his family.” 

Mourners will be asked to make any donations to either the Royal British Legion or the Fusiliers Association.

A date has also been announced for the funeral of former Hollinwood Councillor, Brian Ames

This will take place at 11.30am on Friday, April 6 at St Margaret’s Church on Chapel Rd, Hollinwood. The cortege will then move on to Hollinwood Crematorium.

Mourners will be asked to make any donations to Asbestos Victims Support.

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