Tributes to much-loved lay preacher Don

Former headteacher and lay preacher Don Waters has died aged 85
Former headteacher and lay preacher Don Waters has died aged 85

A much-loved former headteacher who spent more than 60 years as a lay p
reacher, has died at the age of 85.

Father-of-one and grandfather-of-two Don Waters from Barton, was reader emeritus in The Fellside Team, which covers five churches in Barton, Bilsborrow, Goosnargh, Bleasdale and Whitechapel across three Church of England diocese.

He remembered many of the pupils he had taught and has been pleased to watch them grow and take their place in the world.

Stephen Cooper

The last 50 years were spent at St Lawrence, Barton.

His ministry as reader saw him involved in worship and other activities in 65 churches and he marked his golden anniversary with a service attended by the then Bishop of Lancaster the Rt Rev Stephen Pedley.

The former Sunday school teacher moved to Preston with his wife Maureen in 1965, when he became head teacher at St Lawrence’s CE School and reader at the church.

He later spent 16 years as headteacher of Barnacre Road Primary in Longridge until his retirement.

Rev Stephen Cooper team rector of the Fellside team of parishes said: “He was immensely proud of having been a reader over these may years and always took an active interest in what was happening in church and the world.

He added: “He remembered many of the pupils he had taught and has been pleased to watch them grow and take their place in the world.”

The rector said Don had a keen interest in history, particularly local history, and recently had been reminiscing about how his grandfather had been involved in the construction of the Lancaster Canal and what is now the West Coast mainline.

Don also also bowled for Barton in the veterans bowling league,

A funeral service was held at Barton St Lawrence’s on Monday.

Bereaved are widow Maureen, son Kevin and his wife Arta, and grandchildren Sam and Kelly.