Tributes were today paid to a man thought to be Blackpool’s oldest undertaker.
Tributes have been paid to “extrovert” Ken Buck, 81, who was well known in North Shore for his occasion-dependent sense of fashion – sombre black suits at work and colourful ones when mixing socially.
Mr Buck’s daughter Janet Beattie, from Cunliffe Road, South Shore, said: “He was a very effervescent and elegant man who had two sides to him.
“When he was a funeral director he always wore a lovely suit in black and grey with a cape, but he used to wear really light-coloured suits for other occasions.
“He was a social butterfly.”
Mr Buck, who lived on Howard Street, North Shore, and worked for Box Bros Funeral Directors, was born in Manchester and moved to the resort aged 14.
Before becoming an undertaker he worked for Blackpool Transport and Marks and Spencer, as well as spending many years as a taxi driver.
He continued to work as a funeral director until two weeks before his death on September 9, and remained an active member of a number of different working men’s clubs across Blackpool.
Mrs Beattie, 57, said: “Everywhere he went everyone knew him and knew who he was. He loved his job and he once told me that sometimes how families arranging funerals bicker, but you’ve got to be very diplomatic.
“He’d always give the ladies in the family a little red rose.”
Mr Buck’s own funeral will be held tomorrow at North Shore Methodist Church, on Dickson Road, at 12.15pm.
Afterwards his coffin will be pulled on carriage by two white horses wearing black plumes to Carleton Crematorium.
Mrs Beattie added: “He liked fun and didn’t want everybody to be sad.”
Rev Malcolm Maymand, a friend of Mr Buck who will conduct the service, said: “He was quite a renowned character in the North Shore area.
“Although a private man, in public he was an extrovert.”
Janet’s mother Nita, separated from Mr Buck in 1967.
His second wife Nora died in 1996, while is survived by fiancée June. He is also survived by younger daughter Elaine, 55, as well as grandchildren Marc, 27, Cara, 25, and Kelly, 24. He also leaves a four-year-old great-grandson, Charlie.
Donations in Mr Buck’s memory can be made to Trinity Hospice.