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Keen photographer and Rotarian passes away aged 73 after suffering a heart attack

Keen photographer and Rotarian passes away aged 73 after suffering a heart attack

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

A KEEN photographer has passed away aged 73 after suffering a heart attack.

Father of three and Rotary Club of Ormskirk member Paul Silcock, who had a long-term partner, Vicky Hodge, passed away on April 23. He was President of the club in 2012/13 and was looking forward to taking up the role again for the second time in July.

He was heavily involved with his local church, St John’s Roman Catholic Church in Burscough, and also with the Pilgrim Trust, taking youngsters to Lourdes each year. He was a keen golfer and a member of Ormskirk Golf Club. He was also a keen photographer, with a lot of the photos on the Rotary Club of Ormskirk website having been taken by him. With this in mind, the Rotary organisation is considering holding a photographic competition in his memory.

He had a son, Chris and daughters Liesl and Janine. He had five grandchildren, Paul, Siobhan, Melissa, Cassie and Christie and two step grandchildren, Kayla and Kyarra. 

A spokesperson for the Rotary Club of Ormskirk said: “Paul died whilst doing work for Rotary and will be massively missed by so many people.

“Paul was a very keen and phenomenally active member of the Rotary organisation, not only within the Rotary Club of Ormskirk but also in the wider, District of Rotary, covering a large part of the North West of England and North Wales and, as such, was held in very high esteem by a great number of Rotarians and associated people and organisations.

“Here in Ormskirk, he played the lead role in the Rotary Junior Community Award scheme, providing an opportunity for the development of Year Six children in local primary schools through various projects throughout the year; he was heavily involved in all aspects of fundraising, especially at Christmas, but also, on a lighter note, through the “Lean Green Human Fruit Machine”, which was taken round various fetes and carnivals in the locality; and he organised an annual charity walk, raising money, specifically for Alder Hey, a charity that was very close to his heart. At District level, he was a prime mover with the District Fun Games, held in Chester, for people with disabilities.”

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