A bright farewell for popular butcher

Funeral of Jeffrey Moore at St Paul's Church
Funeral of Jeffrey Moore at St Paul's Church
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WHEN holiday-loving Jeffrey Moore was told he had just months to live, he was determined to have a colourful send-off.

So the former butcher set down plans which saw him carried to his final resting place after his death by pall-bearers wearing Hawaiian shirts rather than the usual sombre funeral garb.

Jeffrey Moore

Jeffrey Moore

Mourners were also requested to dress in bright colours, while Mr Moore’s coffin was decorated with blue skies and palm trees.

His wife Angela said: “Jeff knew lots of people from his working life as a butcher and was a larger than life character.

“He was diagnosed with lung cancer last November and doctors told him he had between six weeks and 12 months to live.

“So he set about writing down his final wishes, and what he would like for his funeral.

“His coffin was specially ordered and we decorated his hearse with yellow ribbons.

“It is to reflect that he really likes his holidays and had travelled to Australia, America, Canada, the Far East and throughout Europe.

“This is what Jeff wanted – he had written everything down and even picked the hymns and all the songs for his funeral service.”

Mr Moore, of Warley Road, North Shore, died on June 10 at home, aged 53.

His funeral service was held at St Paul’s Church on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, followed be cremation at Lytham Crematorium.

Mr Moore was brought up on Grange Park and worked as a butcher from the age of 11. He worked at Scottish Meats in Layton as well as having his own shop in St Annes.

More recently he had worked as a driver for Warburton’s.

His daughter Janine, 22, from his previous marriage, said he would be missed by many people.

She said: “He was a big man – 6ft 2in – and once people met him, they would not forget him.”