Death of town’s ex-finance chief

Bob Parkinson
Bob Parkinson
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The man who held the purse strings for Chorley Council for nearly 30 years has died.

Robert Parkinson, known as Bob, moved to Chorley in 1968 to take up the role of deputy treasurer.

He was promoted to director of finance in 1982 and stayed there until his retirement in 1997.

Bob, 77, died on January 1 at St Catherine’s Hospice, just six weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.

He leaves his wife of 53 years, Barbara, children and grandchildren.

Bob was born in Atherton, Wigan, and served as an accounts clerk in the RAF.

He started his career in local government in Leigh, Wigan, before promotions saw him move to Surrey, Bolton, Barrow-in-Furness, Doncaster and finally


After retiring from Chorley Council, Bob worked part-time as an accountant for the Environmental Fund until last year.

He was also involved in setting up Astley Hall Society and Chorley’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

He was a member of the Round Table and helped to organise Chorley Carnival for many years.

Bob, who lived in Astley Village, was also clerk to Chorley Relief Fund and Chorley Arms Houses.

He enjoyed listening to music, photography, holidays abroad, steam trains, and watching rugby union and rugby league.

A funeral will be held at 11am tomorrow, Wednesday, at St Laurence’s Church in Chorley.