Graham Walmsley: saying goodbye to our comrade and friend

The funeral for Branch Chair Graham Walmsley took place on Thursday 17th June at Overdale Crematorium’s West Chapel.

Due to COVID restrictions there were limits on how many people could attend inside – even in “normal times” it would never have been possible to fit in all Graham’s family, friends, colleagues and comrades from all areas of his life as he was known, loved and respected by so many people.

As requested, people wore jeans, trainers, football shirts and band t-shirts, or bright colours.

While his close family and friends said their goodbyes to Graham in the chapel, his colleagues from Bolton College and his union comrades lined Deane Road and the area outside the West Chapel with flags, banners and placards and applauded as the cortege passed; the numbers present is testament to how much Graham meant to people and how much he will be missed.

From all at Bolton UNISON: thank you, Graham, for your steadfast comradeship, your diligence and your ready smile.