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Peter James ASCROFT

Published on 06/12/2023

ASCROFT Peter James 31.05.37 30.11.23 Beloved husband of Ellen and superstar Dad, Grandad and Great Grandad. He will be greatly missed. With many thanks to everyone at Safe Harbour Nursing Home who cared for Peter so lovingly for the last 16 months of his life Peter's funeral service will be held at Landican Centre Chapel on Tuesday 19th December 2023 at 12 noon. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to the RNLI. All enquiries to F.R. Kirk & Son Funeral Directors. 0151 334-7040


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Terry Owen December 11th, 2023
I’m so sorry to hear that Pete passed away on 30th November. I have such fond memories of him as a colleague and friend at Octel. We went through some difficult times together, what with plant closures and redundancies. Nonetheless he was always positive, 100% reliable, and a great chap to be with.
I remember visiting Pete’s house just after he’d had a new kitchen installed. It must have been about 1985. Peter went to the corner base unit and opened the door. To my utter amazement a carousel appeared, spun round and promptly disappeared again. I’d never seen anything like it before and couldn’t quite believe it – “Do it again Pete” I said, and he did, with a big grin on his face. He knew I liked gadgets, and this one took the biscuit! He just wanted to see my reaction.
It reminds me of another time he wanted to see my reaction. We had both returned to Ellesmere Port works after the closure of Northwich works and were sharing an office. I had a bit of a reputation as being a ‘Mr Fixit’. He came in one morning with a pair of wire-framed reading glasses. They were mangled almost beyond recognition. “Can you mend these?” he asked. “Blimey Pete, what happened?” I asked. “I Flymo’d them” he said, with that big grin. He just wanted to see my face at the utter carnage.
I know the big passion in his life was rugby and he refereed long after he stopped playing. I wasn’t a great follower of sport and Pete respected that, never boring me with it, but always with something interesting to say.
It was great honour to have worked with Pete. He was the sort of person you could trust with your life. The world is a poorer place without him.
Terry Owen
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So sorry to hear this very sad news. Played rugby with him many times. RIP Peter