Tributes to popular roofer who worked into his 80s

Family man: Andrew Smith who has died at the age of 100
Family man: Andrew Smith who has died at the age of 100
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A well-known roofer who remained a keen worker into his 80s has died at the age of 100.

Andrew Smith was born and bred in the Garstang area, set up his own business there and bought a smallholding where the family kept hens and grew tomatoes, fruit and vegetables for home use and sale.

He attended Bilsborrow School and Preston’s Harris Institute and at 16, he was apprenticed to Garnett Brothers of Preston. As a bench carpenter, he could hand make all manner of goods from window frames and doors to furniture.

During the Second World War, Andrew acted as an ARP (Air Raids Precautions) warden at Preston Docks, having failed the medical to join the forces.

He married Irene (Rene) in 1942, and they had two sons, Ian and Stephen. He and Rene lived on their one-acre smallholding, Glenmeay on Park Lane in Forton, from 1957 to 1979 when he officially retired at the age of 66.

However, even into his 80s, he was a keen worker and at the age of 83 was busy roofing an extension for his son, Stephen.

Son Ian said: “Dad had a life-long obsession with reusing and mending, something we now call recycling. We still have a boot scraper which he ‘rescued’ from a wall opposite his primary school when some workmen were about to throw it away.”

Andrew survived his wife for 34 years and continued to work for friends and family on various decorating and building jobs.

In 2010, he moved to Gargrave in North Yorkshire to be near family, and lived independently almost to the last. He died on October 13.

He will be missed by his two sons, five grand-children and six great grand-children.