Stage stalwart Ernie will be missed by amateur drama world

STALWART: Ernie Redmond
STALWART: Ernie Redmond

Friends and fellow church members will celebrate the life of a jovial spirit of the amateur stage at a service on Wednesday.

Ernie Redmond (71) was associated with Greenbrook Church for many years, and it was a member of the church who discovered that he had died when they called to visit him at his Accrington home last Saturday, October 19th,

Before moving back to his home town to be in his late mother’s home, Mr Redmond lived in the Rosegrove area of Burnley.

He was divorced and living alone, but despite failing health he continued to support activities at Greenbrook Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Mr Redmond’s love of comedy was reflected in his reputation for telling jokes. His final performance, as a scene-stealing elderly Roman in search of his family, was one of the comic highlights of the group’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” show earlier this year.

During most of his working life Mr Redmond was a librarian. When he left the academic world of books he turned his talents to practical skills, maintaining property.

In recent times his health had deteriorated, but he had not had to spend time in hospital.

Mr Redmond leaves a son, Stephen, and daughter, Vanessa, grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

His funeral on Wednesday will be at Accrington Crematorium, at 11-40am, followed by the service of thanksgiving at Greenbrook, beginning at 12-30pm.

The family has asked Mr Richard Hoyle, who found Mr Redmond at his home, to lead the service, and that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Greenbrook Church.