Daughter pays tribute to former landlord father

Arthur Collier and Joyce Collier, former landlord and landlady at The Black Horse, Chorley.
Arthur Collier and Joyce Collier, former landlord and landlady at The Black Horse, Chorley.

A former landlord from Chorley has died just two months after losing his beloved wife

The Guardian reported on the death of Joyce Collier, who ran The Black Horse, on Long Lane, Limbrick, on the outskirts of Chorley, in January.

Joyce, who lived on Cranbourne Street, Chorley,lost her battle against cancer just two weeks after her 76th birthday.

Now her husband, Arthur Collier, who suffered from dementia, has also passed away, leaving behind his only daughter, Lynne Laurie, and 22-year-old grandson, Scott, who works as a vans salesman.

After his wife’s diagnosis last September, Arthur was moved to Euxton Park nursing home.

The reasons behind his death remain unclear, and a post-mortem examination is currently underway.

Talking to the Guardian, Lynne, 53, said: “It’s all come as a bit of a shock.

“We’re a bit numb at the moment - mum’s death was expected, but this wasn’t.

“He went in hospital on Thursday, and had gone by Friday morning.

“We were only just coming to terms with mum dying, and then this happened.

“Mum was dad’s full-time carer, as he had dementia.

“There is me and my son, Scott, who are dealing with it all.

“Son’s grandad was like his dad, and helped to bring him up.

“They had such a close relationship.

“He taught him everything - good and bad things.

“He was his hero.”

Arthur was in the parachute regiment for a couple of years, where he spent some time serving in Egypt.

But in 1969, he decided it was time for a career change, and was influenced by the part-time work he did at The Halfway House, on Preston Road, in Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley.

He fast became a familiar face in one of Chorley’s oldest pubs, and left a lasting impression on his family, his friends and his customers.

Arthur ran The Black Horse with Joyce for 27 years, and will be remembered by all for his friendly and outgoing nature.

According to Lynne, he would always have a smile on his face, and had one of those infectious laughs that has the ability to travel for miles.

Lynne, who works in customer service, said: “He will be remembered as being the life and soul of the party.

“He was always smiling, always laughing, and always ready to have a joke.

“You would hear him laughing, before you saw him, and he would talk to anybody.

“They loved running the pub - they were brilliant and people thought that they were a wonderful couple.

He was definitely a character, and him and my mum were well-known around Chorley.

“A lot of people said that they could go for a pint anywhere, but they would go to The Black Horse for the company. All their friends have been in touch.”

Arthur’s funeral will take place at Charnock Richard Crematorium on May 1 at 1pm. Anybody that knew Arthur is welcome to attend.