Tributes to a popular jolly funeral director

Maurice Billington
Maurice Billington

The granddaughter of a Fylde funeral director described as “a pillar of the community” has paid tribute to him after his death.

Maurice Billington, of M Billington Funeral Directors in Station Road, Kirkham, died on January 30 after suffering heart failure.

His granddaughter, Natalie, said Mr Billington, 86, was a “wonderful person” who “knew everyone in Kirkham”.

She added: “He was always pulling people’s legs and was such a jolly person.

“People often asked how he could be so jolly working as a funeral director, but it was just his nature.”

Mr Billington was born in the town and lived in Moor Street.

He opened the funeral home in 1949, before slowly passing the service on to his sons, Alan and David, in recent years.

Natalie said: “He did his last funeral service about 18 months ago, but he was always heavily involved.

“Last week, we found out he had gone to Preston to buy some screws when we discovered a receipt at the directors. He always wanted to do his bit and help.”

Mr Billington is survived by his wife, Joyce, 82, who he was married to for 57 years, as well as Alan and David.

He has three grandchildren, Natalie, Alexander and Craig.

His funeral is at St Michael’s Parish Church in Kirkham on Monday, from 1pm. Guests are welcome to attend.