Chorley first aid group founder Michael was such a 'well loved' Angel

Tributes have been paid to a founder member of the Chorley’s Angels first aid community group.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 9:33 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 9:36 am
Michael Cheston

Michael Cheston died of heart failure at the age of 61.

A total of 24 members of Chorley’s Angels provided a guard of honour at his funeral mass at St Mary’s Church, Chorley.

David Forrest, secretary and training manager of the Angels said; “Michael was extremely well loved within the group and will be missed greatly.”

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Members of Chorley's Angels form a guard of honour at the funeral

Michael lived in Brinscall before the family moved to Shakespeare Terrace in Chorley when he was nine.

He left school at 15 and began to work at the Lakeland Pennine Laundry, Chorley, completing a total of 46 years of loyal service.

He was a respected member of the Chorley St John Ambulance Unit, becoming a Badger Leader.

He then joined Chorley Angel’s first aid community group, where he remained a well-respected member until his untimely death.

His eulogy included the tribute: “Michael was known to be the first on the car park every Wednesday night. Michael proudly wore his uniform and put in many hours of volunteering every year.”

Michael’s interests included fishing and walking his dog Timmy.

He enjoyed his holidays with his wife Barbara in Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Michael became unwell in 2013 and underwent surgery to repair a valve in his heart.

He recovered but in 2016 he was back in hospital to have a new valve fitted, once again recovering well from major surgery.

Michael died in his sleep at home on the June 25, having lived there 31 years.

His eulogy also read: “Michael was dearly loved by so many people. All of whom will sadly miss him.

“His smile, his friendly demeanour, his willingness to help anybody, anytime, in any way he could.

“The qualities that make a true, proud, honest gentleman. A man with a heart of pure gold.”