Padiham ‘adopted daughter’ dies aged 90

Aurelia Robinson
Aurelia Robinson

AN adopted daughter of Padiham, who overcame personal tragedy and life-threatening illness, has died aged 93.

Mrs Aurelia Robinson had lived in the same house in Shakespeare Street for 48 years until she became ill in January. Fiercely independent, she was known in the town as “Mrs Robinson” as she never used her first name. Her grandson, Mr Chris Robinson of Read, said: “She always joked that people used to say how nice her name was but no-one ever called their child after her.”

Born and bred in Brownside, Worsthorne, Mrs Robinson moved to Padiham with her late husband, Ernest, to be nearer his job with English Electric at Clayton-le-Moors. It took her a while to settle but she eventually came to love the town and people. She worked at Perseverance Mill, a pram shop in the town and Thursfield’s Jewellers for her best friend Mrs Jenny Clarke. The two remained friends and would meet every week for coffee.

Mrs Robinson’s friendly and open nature won her many friends, of all ages, who regularly used to visit her and neighbours would take it in turns to call in to check on her daily.

Mrs Robinson had four sons and outlived three of them. In the 1940s her son Trevor, who was only eight, drowned in the river at Worsthorne. His twin brother, Brian, is the only surviving son. Mrs Robinson’s two other sons were Peter, who died aged 50, and Tony, who died in his 40s.

Having survived pneumonia as a teenager, Mrs Robinson battled cancer 20 years ago and became a champion fund raiser for Cancer Research, one of the many charity organsations she was involved with along with the townswomen’s guild. A big fan of TV quiz show “Countdown”, she was in the audience at the age of 90!

Mrs Robinson did not let age or the fact she underwent a hip replacement operation to slow her down. She used to have her hair done every week at Kay’s Salon in Burnley Road, where she had been a customer for 40 years.

Mr Robinson added: “Everyone in Padiham knew my grandma. She loved to have a laugh and joke with people and was never down or weary.

“Her positive attitude kept her going through life and despite all the terrible things that happened to her she never complained.”

Mrs Robinson leaves her son Brian and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.