RECENT DEATHS REPORTED BY
Phillip Gray ARNFIELD
It is with a great deal of
sadness Bury Branch announce the death of retired Inspector
Steve CLARK who passed away peacefully during the night Monday
1 March 2021 aged 69. Steve was being treated in hospital for
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia which left him with no immunity and he succumbed to Sepsis and
daughter has written his Police
When Steve and his friend Billy Dyke were
planning a future together, they applied for Greater
Manchester Police; Steve
was successful, joining the force in 1976. At Prestwich,
he and Billy Dyke had Mick Chew as their Sergeant. They
all became good friends, and Billy Dyke was Best Man for Steve
at his wedding to Sandra. Steve spent some time working
at Whitefield in ‘plain clothes’ dealing with licensing and
then applied for a position in CID, but this was declined
because ‘his face was too memorable’ and even now, the Clark
family have an ‘in joke’ that wherever Steve went, he knew
someone, or someone knew him.
He progressed to Sergeant and was based at
Eccles but then transferred back to Bury. Whilst on
shift in Bury and Whitfield he studied part-time, whilst still
working shifts, to gain his degree in Social History and
Politics in order to further his career. He went on to
an acting appointment of Inspector in Oldham and was promoted
to Inspector of the Radcliffe and Ramsbottom townships.
He was a member of the Area Board and so was involved in both
council and civil duties. Steve and Dave Jones were
inspectors in Bury and both attended the same presentation for
their ‘Long Service medals’. Sandra and the girls have
fond memories of Steve coming home on his meal breaks to share
some quality time with family over the dining table (because
we always ate at the dining table unless it was ‘pizza night’)
and when leaving, the girls would stand in the bay window or
on the porch begging Dad to put his ‘blues and two’s’ on – he
always obliged of course!
Steve retired from Greater Manchester Police in 2006, taking
a long weekend off and then jumped straight into his new
position at Bury Church of England High School as Pastoral
Co-ordinator at the start of the school year. Steve
thoroughly enjoyed his role in caring for lots of young
people, lots of whom have made contact sharing their good
wishes and fond memories of him. It is clear that he
had a positive impact on lots of people.
Wigan & Leigh Branch announce the
death of Lloyd THOMAS. He died suddenly at home on Friday
12th March 2021.
Lloyd spent his early years on the
L Division, then Fraud Squad, R&D and latterly K
Division. After he retired he worked as an usher at Wigan
Bolton Branch have been informed
of the death of PC 4744 Len Green. He
went into Bolton Hospital Sunday 21st March 2021 for
tests and unfortunately had a Heart Attack whilst being
Len spent most his service in
Atherton/Tyldesley, with a later spell at
Leigh. He was well known and respected by his many colleagues and
friends. He is survived by his wife Paulette
writes to inform us of the death of his brother, Phillip Gray
ARNFIELD, OBE, on 22nd March 2021, aged 81 years.
Phillip joined Manchester City Police as a
cadet in 1956, becoming a Constable on the E Division at Platt
Lane in1959, then on numerous other divisions in Manchester and
GMP reaching the rank of Chief Superintendent. He was then,
in 1985 appointed as ACC in Cheshire Constabulary.
"Retiring" in 1991, he became Commissioner of Fiji Police until
1994. He has lived in the Isle of Man since 2009, and is
survived by his wife, Dorothy, and two sons.
David "Nunny" NUNWICK
Rochdale Branch inform members of the
passing of David "Nunny" Nunwick.
David joined GMP In December 1975, having worked for Barclays
Bank for several years after leaving school, and he retired in
2006. His first posting was to Heywood, the town where
he had spent his early childhood and where he lived when he
married Rosemary in 1977. Apart from spending his
pre-retirement year in Rochdale CID office, David spent most
of his service in Middleton and Heywood. He was the area
officer for Ashworth and Birtle for many years and he loved
being out and about meeting people.
A new initiative by GMP saw David become
the first school based police officer at Heywood High School.
Away from work
David played rugby union in his younger days and had a life
long association with Scouting, as a leader for many years and
later as Assistant Warden at Ashworth Valley Scout Camp
In November 2014 David was diagnosed
with atypical Alzheimer’s disease and he passed away
peacefully on April 2nd 2021 aged 68 leaving his wife
Rosemary, daughter Katy and her partner Nathan and two young
Rosemary and Katy decided early on in
David’s illness to donate his brain for research (no humorous
comments please !) and this has been carried out. Donations in
David’s memory may be made to Manchester Neurological Research
Altrincham Branch announce the death of Anthony (Tony) Andrew, 77yrs, who
passed away on Tuesday 13th April 2021 following a long illness.
Tony served in Manchester Police (E Division
and C Division) and Greater Manchester Police, retiring from
Manchester Airport as a firearms officer.
He leaves a widow, Mary, and two children.
Denzel ["Des"] ARDERN
Branch announce the death of Denzel
Ardern, 80 years. Denzel passed away on 1st May 2021 following a
short illness. He leaves a widow, Jean, and two daughters.
He started his career in Cheshire Constabulary
before transferring to Greater Manchester Police in the 1974
reorganisation. On his retirement after 30 years service he was
serving as Detective Chief Inspector at Hyde, Tameside. Following
his retirement he became Head of Security at Stepping Hill
Hospital and spent some time as President of Stockport Rotary
Denzel's funeral will take place on Thursday
27th May 2021 at Macclesfield Crematorium, Cheshire at 2pm. Covid
restrictions will obviously apply.
Jerome Andrew BACCHUS
Rochdale Branch announce the
death of Jerome Bacchus on 5th May 2021 at the age of 56.
Jerome was a serving Constable
Instructor in the Driver Training Unit at Greater Manchester
Police at the time of his retirement and continued
post-retirement as a civilian Team Leader for Driver Training
until his death.
He had proudly spent his whole career
in unformed service, with the British Army from October 1986
in frontline action as a light infantryman with The Green
Howards regiment serving in first Gulf War; with the UN
peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and tours of Northern Ireland.
In 1996, he
transferred to Police service with Grampian Police (now part
of Police Scotland) where he served in the Traffic Department
based mainly in Elgin, but also on attachment to the Royal
Court in Balmoral on close protection duties for the Royal
family and visiting dignitaries.
In 2008, to be
married, he transferred his service to GMP where he served as
a Firearms Officer and subsequently as a Constable in Roads
Policing, moving to the Driver Training Unit as Constable
Instructor until his retirement in 2019, Returning in a
civilian role as Team Leader – Driver Training until his
Bury Branch announce the death
of retired Inspector Thomas
Hearle age 90 who died on Sunday 16 May 2021 from
natural causes. Thomas is survived by his wife Joan, son,
daughter, three granddaughters and a great granddaughter.
Thomas Hearle was born in New Jersey, U.S.A on
2nd December 1930 to Scottish parents who became
homesick for Glasgow and moved back to Scotland when he was 4.
Being unable to find work in Scotland during the Great Depression,
his parents moved to Accrington where his dad found work as a
Tom always loved music and was a member of both
school and church choirs. As a hobby he enjoyed conjuring and
became a member of the Modern Mystic League.
On leaving school he became a textile engraver
like his dad. It was a trade he thoroughly enjoyed. Tom then
served two years National Service in the Royal Artillery in Cyprus
until he left military service at the end of 1953.
In 1955 Tom joined Lancashire Constabulary,
found that they liked to move you around a lot and that you had to
live in a police house in the place you were posted to. That meant
for the next 12 years Tom moved from Farnworth to Leigh, then
Little Hulton, Kirkby and then Bury.
Tom was a uniform Inspector at Bury. He also
did two years as Prosecutions officer there, before becoming an
instructor for a further two years at the Police Training Centre
at Bruche. With local Government re-organisation in 1974 Tom
Bruche was followed by a posting to Middleton.
After further service at Whitefield and force H.Q. Tom retired
from GMP with the rank of Inspector and joined a firm of Bury
Solicitors, finally retiring in 1993.
Tom was a real gentleman who loved nothing more
than being with people, whether it be with his family, singing
with the Greater Manchester Police Choir or cheering on the
‘Clarets’ at his beloved Turf Moor.
If anyone would like to leave a message, please
do so on this page. Tribute to Thomas
Hearle, 1930 - 2021 of Bury (muchloved.com) there is
also the option of adding tributes and photographs. Tom’s family
would love to hear about any stories and memories that you may
have about the wonderful man that he was.
Requiem Mass will be held at Guardian Angels
Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday 1st June 2021 at 10:00 am
followed by committal 11:30 am at Radcliffe Crematorium, Cemetery
Road, Radcliffe. Manchester M26 4EU.
Due to current restrictions, attendance to his funeral will be by
invitation only. If you would like to attend, please contact
Steven tel: 07939 331008.
Floral tributes are family only. However, if
anyone wishes to pay tribute to Tom, they are very welcome to do
so by donating to NHS Charities with his name as reference. Those who would like to show their
respects, and whilst socially distancing, are asked to line the
driveway to the Crematorium. The attending undertakers are Silletts
Funeral Service, Spring Lane, Radcliffe. M26 2TQ. Tele 0161 723