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David Brookwell
David Brookwell
Photo: Ray Smyth
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Item #: 30870
I am very sad having to announce that
Dave Brookwell passed away last week.
The funeral is at St Wilfreds Church
in Standish, Thursday December 20th
at 3.15pm. Dave...Rest in peace,

Comment by: walt ( North Yorks ) on 17th December 2018 at 20:15

Ray, I had heard from a friend of Dave's passing, I started for White Star just a few weeks after Dave left for pastures new so never got to meet him but -- I heard so many favourable comments about him that I wished I had met him. Sadly, like so many of his generation, they will be missed - RIP Dave.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 18th December 2018 at 07:21

Ray. Did he have a brother named Bill? There’s certainly a family likeness from the Bill I knew to David.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 18th December 2018 at 07:26

Ray. Did he have a brother named Bill? There’s certainly a family likeness from the Bill I knew to David.

Comment by: John D on 18th December 2018 at 10:01

The one third from the right looks like Colin Shepherd, a well-known character from New Springs.

Comment by: Philip G. on 18th December 2018 at 13:59

Perhaps some of these lads are also shown on Item 17938.

Comment by: Ray Smyth on 18th December 2018 at 15:31

Keith...I knew Dave Brookwell only through work. In the late
1960s at Hailwood Bros Transport at Roby Mill, and in the
early 1970s at Robert Baillie Transport at Chapel Lane,Wigan
I knew an Alan Brookwell who was a bus driver with Wigan Corporation, and also drove for Robert Baillie. Whether they were related or not, I do not know.

Comment by: OWDBILL on 18th December 2018 at 19:24

Keith, David's older brother was Bill and when they were young they lived in Mayflower Cottages behind the Standish Bleachworks.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 19th December 2018 at 12:47

Thanks Owdbill. Bill married Kathleen Hackett whose father had a garage and car sales pitch on the corner of Downall Green Road and Soughers Lane. Bill finished up running the place.

Comment by: Aubrey on 28th December 2018 at 12:32

I went to school with Billy and posted a photo of him, myself , and 4 other friends, on page 3 of The Ashton Grammar School collection. The likeness between Blliy and David is uncanny.

Comment by: Albert. on 28th December 2018 at 16:47

Looking at the photograph of you taken at Ashton Grammar School, Aubrey, you certainly hadn’t changed much as to how I remember you in the Wigan Borough Police, very early nineteen sixties.

Comment by: Sue Barker on 30th October 2023 at 20:14

So sorry to read this. I'd been in contact with David a number of years ago. My grandad, David Hardy was his Mum's brother. Our great grandparents, Sydney and Lavinia lived at Mayflower Cottages

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