Wigan Grammar School
Bill Worsley
1928 - 2009
John Bradburn

Sadly, Bill passed away in 2009

Bill was born and brought up in Wigan and attended the Grammar School from 1937 until 1944. He was a keen and active sportsman excelling both as a member of the school swimming team and the rugby first XV. He continued his sporting career after leaving the school, playing rugby for Wigan Old Boys. He was also a very keen racquets man, playing squash and badminton for many years for both Wigan Cricket Club and Shevington Casuals badminton teams. In later years he enjoyed both snooker and bowls at Bellingham Bowling Club where he was an active and popular member, becoming President on thre occasions and subsequently becoming a life Vice President. It was some comfort to his family that he enjoyed several games of snooker and a few whiskies on the night he died. On leaving school, Bill served with the Fleet Air Arm, followed by a short career in banking before joining the well established family stall of Gibson and Young in Wigan Market Hall, selling glass and fancy goods. He worked there with his wife Olive until his death. They made many friends amongst other stallholders and customers and Bill was well known for his great kindness, generosity and jovial and gentle approach to life. Bill was an extremely devoted family man to his wife Olive, daughter Faye, son Aiden and four grandchildren. They have many happy memories to look back on. The family were renowned amongst friends and neighbours for their wonderful parties where Bill could always be relied upon to brighten up proceedings.