Robert Halstead is the husband of my grand aunt, Ellen Musgrove.
I have written about Robert and Ellen before – here – with a report celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 20 June 1952.
Robert passed away on 21 January 1957 and his obituary was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 25 January.
Well known among the older generation of Clitheronians, Mr Robert Halstead, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe, died at his home on Monday. He was 76.
Mr Halstead, who was born in the street in which he died, was a keen musician. He was pianist in the band led by the late Mr Joe Margerison and also entertained at concerts at Clitheroe Old People’s Club, of which he was a member. During the war he was organist at the Congregational Church.
He was also interested in football and bowling, and for some years was secretary of the Castle Park Veterans’ Bowling Club.
Mr Halstead, an overlooker until his retirement 10 years ago, ws associated with Moor Lane Methodist Church. He was chief ranger for the Ancient Order of Foresters, Court Royal Castle.
During the first World War he served as a Special Constable and was awarded a medal for long service.
Mr Halstead had not been well for some months, and sympathy is extended to his widow and daughter in their bereavement.
The Rev. J H Fenton officiated at the funeral at Clitheroe Cemetery yesterday.