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Widow’s gratitude after efforts to save husband

Grandad: Jack Parkinson, who collapsed in a post office queue

Grandad: Jack Parkinson, who collapsed in a post office queue

A widow has thanked members of the public who desperately tried to save her husband after he collapsed and died in a post office.

Father-of-four Jack Parkinson, 72, collapsed while queuing at Preston’s main post office in the city centre.

Passers-by rushed to his aid.

Staff from a nearby medical centre also joined the battle as they waited for an ambulance crew to arrive.

Mr Parkinson was taken to hospital but could not be saved.

It is believed the retired site manager had suffered a massive heart attack.

His widow Sylvia, of Prospect Place, Lower Penwortham, today thanked the public and professionals who tiere to save her husband.

She said: “I’m so grateful to all of them for what they did. They did everything they could. Everyone from the people who helped him to the doctors and the police have been wonderful.

“I’m sorry for the upset it must have caused some people.”

Mr Parkinson, who was born in Portsmouth, was a joiner by trade who rose to become a site manager.

He had worked and lived in several places, including Lancaster and Leyland before moving to Lower Penwortham.

Four years ago he suffered a stroke, which left him partially sighted. But he was still physically strong and wanted to be independent.

On the day he died he caught bus into Preston to get a rail card from the post office.

Police later broke the news to Mrs Parkinson.

A “bright” funeral featuring a steel band was held at Charnock Richard Crematorium.

Mr Parkinson leaves sons William and John and daughters Elaine and Sarah, and six grandchildren.

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