Tributes to much-loved judge and father

Brian Duckworth
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Tributes have been paid following the death of a long-serving Preston judge.

Judge Brian Duckworth, who was a full-time circuit judge until his retirement in 2004, died at home aged 79.

His family described him as a “marvellous man”, always determined to live life well, and a memorial will now be held to celebrate his life.

Felix Duckworth, 37, said his father was a “wonderfully charming man, always there with advice and love for all of us”.

He said: “He loved his family dearly - and we loved him.

“And even with his deteriorating health in his last years, he was always determined to live life well.

“He was extremely sharp and funny, too - traits much praised by his fellow judges and lawyers - and we always thought he would have made a great actor.”

Almost 100 people, including judges and members of the legal profession, attended a ceremony in court last week for Brian, who was the longest-serving circuit judge in the country.

Felix said: “One of the things that became apparent was that he was massively respected and regarded in the legal profession.

“It was rather nice to balance that with the family man that he was.

“He wasn’t just a judge, he was much more than that, and he had a very full life.”

Brian, originally from Blackburn, had been due to celebrate his golden wedding anniversary with his wife Carolyn, 76, this year. They had four children and four grandchildren.

At the cremation last week, Brian’s eldest son Rupert read a letter written by his father.

Part of the letter said: “Celebrate the happiness we have enjoyed and let your feelings for me manifest themselves in the success and achievements of your own lives. God bless you all, Dad.”

A memorial will be held on May 2 at 12.30 at Blackburn Cathedral.