Tributes to ‘role model’ Jim killed in tractor accident

James Tatham. (S)
James Tatham. (S)

Relatives of a farmer from Fence who tragically died doing the job he loved have paid tribute to “a wonderful family man”.

James Tatham (78), affectionately known as Jim to many, died in an accident at his Sunnyside Farm home last Wednesday.

Born and brought up in the area, the Tathams lived at Ferber House Farm in Barley and Bank End Farm in Blacko before moving to Sunnyside Farm in the 1940s.

He attended Blacko School, Wheatley Lane School and then Barrowford Secondary School and went straight in to dairy farming on finishing his education.

It was job that he loved, and Mr Tatham was dedicated to it, working hard and for long hours to make a success of it and to support the family.

Away from the milking parlour, he was a practical man and always had a project ongoing to keep himself busy, however large or small, and if anything ever needed doing around the house, Mr Tatham would do it himself.

Mr Tatham loved his vintage tractors and enjoyed holidays, travelling far and wide with his wife Joan.

A joint family statement read: “Jim was a wonderful family man, a role model, and a kind and caring person who would help anybody. He was well respected, took pleasure in helping neighbours and will be sorely missed by us all.”

Mr Tatham’s funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church in Newchurch-in-Pendle tomorrow at 11am.