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Buckley, Alice (Tal)

The funeral was held recently (12th May) for the late Alice May Buckley of Northwich, who died on 1st May 2011, aged 84 years. Alice, known as Tal, was born on 13th May 1926, she was the eldest of 8 children born to Samuel and Edith Buckley. During her early years she lived in Old Warrington Road before moving to be the first tenants at1 Parkfield Road, where she remained for 72 years and 2 months. Alice attended Timber Lane School, then was one of the first pupils at Rudheath Secondary Modern School. During the war she worked for I.C.I. when aged 15 and only 5’ 2” in height, she pushed the heavy “bogies” along the railway tracks, often uphill and had to climb up a high ladder to take samples; a job many of the other workers chose not to do. After the war ended Alice worked for the Wincham Salt Works until it closed. She then went to Delamere Forest to plant saplings, but couldn’t understand why the rubber band around her Oxo lunch box was broken, with her box open and sandwiches partially eaten, but the squirrels were the culprits. On moving to Kidsgrove Silk Works she worked there until close to her retirement, between jobs she did counter work for Bowden’s Painters and Decorators in Manchester Road. Alice was a caring and generous person; during the war she bought sweet coupons from some of the children in her family, not for herself, but to buy sweets for them to enjoy at Christmas. Alice cared for her parents until their deaths, also her brother Robert until he died unexpectedly aged 59. Alice’s most selfless act was to look after and help raise her sister Barbara like a mother, taking her to the panto, cinema, seaside and buying her new “rig-outs” each year for her. Alice enjoyed holidaying in Blackpool, where she formed a lasting relationship with her landlady and family. Within an hour of booking into her “digs”, she booked to see as many musical and comedy shows as possible. Alice leaves her sisters Barbara, Lilian and Merle, brothers Bill and Peter, her nephews and nieces. The service was held at St Helen’s Parish Church, Northwich prior to committal at Altrincham Crematorium. Revd Barry Jobber conducted the service. As well as family floral tributes, donations were received for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Lostock Green, Northwich.

Buckley Alice (Tal)

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