Jack Howarth (19th February 1896 to 31st March 1984)

 

 

After a long weekend at Llandudno I set off home early due to thick fog (I couldn’t even see The Great Orme from the promenade.) I went to find the crematorium where the actor Jack Howarth disappeared into the ether. He had spent his final years with his wife living nearby in Degany but I knew he had been cremated at Colwyn Bay here he had once ran his own theatre.)

 

When I arrived on that Bank holiday Monday fog was still down but not thick enough to deem photos useless. As I strolled around the graveyard I couldn’t help see rabbits darting around. Some holes they jumped into were alongside graves (do rabbits burrow down 6 feet?) I saw the church where a funeral service was held then the crematorium where Jack will have gone up into the ether.

 

This was no actor who’d got lucky playing an old man in a soap opera. He appeared in 18 films, various theatre productions, a radio series and about 1700 episodes of Coronation Street. He was born in Rochdale and, as a lad, sold theatre programmes at the Theatre Royal, Rochdale (he was even at school with Gracie Fields.) At 12 he starting playing juvenile roles on stage and ran his own theatre company after the First World War. Men were scarce and he often played many male roles in the same production.

 

This was one diamond dude - he was made an MBE for his charity work, especially for disabled children and those with learning difficulties. His first Coronation Street appearance was in 1960 and the last in 1984. He was due to re-appear after a spell away but died in Llandudno General Hospital from a liver complaint. His wife off 55 and son and daughter were at his bedside. Six days later he was cremated here.

 

Service in there….then cremation in there?

 

One of the many rabbits…

 

Game over…outside the crematorium…

 

Note the four war graves…