DennisRAWMr Dennis Bruce Raw, of Somerset Close, Oswaldtwistle, passed away unexpectedly in Blackburn Hospital on Friday, June 19, aged 68. During Dennis’ four-week hospital stay, his family were blessed to spend one last cherished evening with Dennis a few days before his passing, where he enjoyed one last glass of wine in the comfort of his own home and surrounded by his adoring family and pets. A devoted and dearly loved partner of Theresa for 27 years, he was cherished and much loved father of Catherine, dear brother to Peter and Malcolm, and a treasured relative and friend to many. Dennis was a true gentleman, who will be deeply and widely missed by all who were lucky enough to have met him. Beloved son of late Vera and Edmund Raw, Dennis was born in Brierfield before moving to Oswaldtwistle aged nine, where he decided to settle to stay close to his family and friends. Dennis started his career at ROF Blackburn, then he later transferred to BAE, where his hard work and dedication paid off, as he worked his way up to his role as a cost and management accountant. Dennis spoke very fondly of his time at work and was much loved by his colleagues. He proudly worked at BAE for 40 years before enjoying his early retirement at 59. Dennis treasured these extra years that he spent with Catherine and Theresa, who will cherish these memories always. Dennis was happiest when spending time with his loved ones, a regular face in the local pubs, a very keen golfer and cricketer, proud lifelong supporter of Burnley Football Club, and enjoyed his many incredible holidays with his partner and daughter. An esteemed member of Rhyddings Methodist Church, Dennis devoted his time as a lifelong member and managing the circuit’s accounts. Dennis was an extremely selfless and kind man, he was involved and donated to many charitable causes and volunteered as the account manager and trustee for the ARC refugee project in Blackburn. Those who are left behind will sorely miss Dennis every day, but will strive to make him proud and keep his memory alive. Thank you for your wisdom, kindness and happiness that you filled our lives with. Donations can be made in memory of Dennis on behalf of The Arc Project Blackburn. Donations can be made via funeral director Champ Funeral Services.
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