Crowds’ farewell to popular family man
Published at 16:07, Thursday, 16 August 2012
A TOWN turned out to say goodbye to one of its best known residents.
More than 100 mourners attended a funeral service at St Mary’s Church in Church Walk, Ulverston yesterday to pay their last respects to Malcolm Sibbit.
Many more lined New Market Street outside Salmon’s Newsagents, where Mr Sibbit worked for 35 years, as the hearse stopped on its way to the church for people to pay tribute.
Mr Sibbit died on August 7 at the age of 65 following a short battle with cancer. A eulogy by his son Craig was read out by one of Mr Sibbit’s old friends, Howard Whitaker.
It read: “Dad, I am sorry I cannot be there but I am glad we were able to come to England a few weeks ago and you could meet your gorgeous granddaughter Olivia. To you, everything was always fine and you never complained about anything.
“Deep down, with having this terrible illness I am sure you knew it was not going to be fine but you never let it get you down.
“You were always so positive.”
Craig Sibbit was unable to attend the funeral as he lives with his family in Australia. His father visited them for their wedding in 2009, where he read a speech at the request of Craig Sibbit and his new wife Stephanie.
The eulogy continued: “No-one ever had bad words to say about you.
“You said in your speech how proud you were to have me as your son and I hope you knew how proud I am to have had you as my dad.
“May you rest in peace, love you always, Craig, Steph, Olivia and all your friends in Australia.”
Mr Sibbit’s wife of 35 years, Sharon, was among the mourners.
The Reverend Gary Tubbs led the service and described Mr Sibbit as “a wonderful man”.
He also read messages from the family, and said: “He thought of others before himself. He looked after his sister Pauline, particularly when her dad died when she was 15.”
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
More Ulverston news
- Fire crews sound the alarm on service cuts at Ulverston meeting
- Appeal for public to protect Ulverston hall’s future
- Landrover stolen from house in Cumbria
- Car stolen from South Cumbria village
- Replacement for Stuart Hyde former Cumbria deputy chief constable announced
- Cumbria farmer awarded for working with youngsters
- Ulverston volunteer among best in the UK
- Parking charges frozen across Ulverston and South Lakes (2 comments)
- £3,000 charity giveaway across Ulverston, Barrow and Millom continues
- Townsfolk get into character for Ulverston festival (2 comments)
- Ofsted inspects South Cumbria secondary school
- Traffic disruption continues on the A590 near Ulverston (1 comment)
- Burglary closes Ulverston supermarket
- Police issue traffic advice ahead of today's Ulverston Dickensian festival
- Ulverston set for biggest lights switch-on yet
- Ulverston could get new budget supermarket (3 comments)
- Ulverston set to get super-fast broadband today (1 comment)
- Cumbria man to stand trial over an alleged attempted robbery in Ulverston
- Campaign driving home safety lesson in Ulverston
- Ulverston needing a new ‘heart’, meeting hears
- Ulverston Dickensian festival 2012 (36 comments)
- Former Ulverston couple scoops £870k Australia house in charity raffle
- Dead animal falls on man at slaughterhouse near Ulverston
- Vandals drill holes in fuel tanks at Ulverston garage
- Cumbria wide CCTV camera network on the cards (1 comment)
Evening Mail homepage
- Email us
- Send us your pictures
- Send us your news
- Send us your views
- Staff contacts
- Family Notices
- Competition rules
- Advertise with us
- Reader Travel
- CN Letterbox
- Find It in Furness
- CV Link
- Online shop
- CN Research
- Eye Care Savings
- Halifax loans