The agricultural community in Garstang and district has been saddened by the death of one of its most popular members.
William ‘Bill’ Fowler farmed at Greenhalgh Castle Farm, Garstang for many years before retiring to Scorton with his wife Jean.
The Fowler family had a long association with Garstang Agricultural and Horticultural Society which runs Garstang Show and Mr Fowler was due to be president for the second year running this August.
Bill had worked hard for the show since his youth, including service as chief shire horse steward in the 1980s.
Born at Lower House Farm, Barnacre in 1944, he moved to Greenhalgh Castle Farm with his family in 1946.
After leaving school at 15 he worked alongside his father, milking cows and bottling milk before taking over the farm with his wife Jean after his father’s death.
In his youth he was a chairman of Great Eccleston Young Farmer’s Club in his youth. He was a member of Fylde Farmer’s Club and a director of Brock Auction Mart.
His funeral will take place at All Saints Church, Barnacre, tomorrow, Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11am.