Retired university librarian and local historian mourned

Mr Bill Bamber who has died aged 90
Mr Bill Bamber who has died aged 90
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A well known resident of Garstang has died at the age of 90.

Mr Bill (Richard Noel) Bamber made his home in the town in 1966 when he gained a job as a librarian at Lancaster University.

A former pupil of Preston Catholic College, he was born in Chipping and as a child lived for a short time in Liverpool before his family moved to Preston.

Bill served in the Ayrshire Yeomanry after being called up on his 19th birthday.

He was delighted when, following his retirement, Lancaster University awarded him an honorary degree.

He served as a committee member for Garstang Show and was a founder member of the Garstang Recorded Music Society and a member of the Chipping Historical Society.

Mr Bamber, who married wife Jill in 1956, was father to daughters Jane and Ann and grandfather to six grandchildren.

A parishioner at St Mary and St Michael RC Church, Garstang, he was the author of a history of the church.

He was also author of the history of Garstang Show.

Bill died at Hillcroft Nursing Home, Ellel, on December 6 and a Requiem Mass will be held on Friday at 10.30am at St Mary and St Michael’s RC Church.

Donations in his memory for CAFOD or St John’s Hospice will be welcomed.