Tributes have been paid to a devoted care worker following her death from a rare condition aged 58.
Veronica Tresise, of Adelaide Street, Clayton-le-Moors, worked at several care homes across the borough, but was diagnosed several years ago with the degenerative brain disease progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).
Mrs Tresise who worked at several homes, including Greyhound Residential Home, Henley House, Moorhead Rest Home and the former New House, passed away peacefully at Royal Blackburn Hospital on Thursday, February 6.
Her husband of 26 years, Malcolm, said it was a ‘big shock’ when she was diagnosed with PSP.
The retired silver service worker said: “She hadn’t been good for a while but it is a progressive condition and you don’t know what’s happening.
“It was a big shock when we found out, as we had never even heard of it.
“It’s quite rare and is a terminal degenerative disease. She had to give up work and took early retirement after that.
“It robs you of your balance and she was subject to falls quite a lot.”
He added: “For the last six months Veronica had been getting respite care at Townfield House in Great Harwood.
“She really used to love going there – they were really good for her and really looked after her.”
Malcolm, 64, described his wife as a ‘very loving person’.
He said: “She looked after older people for many years and made lots of friends. She was very caring.
“We always used to like going out for drives around Lancashire and going for picnics and to lunches and cafes.
“We were regulars at the Greyhound Inn in Altham and used to go in there all the time. She will be missed by a lot of people.”
Eddie Balmer, manager of the pub on Whalley Road, knew Veronica for more than six years and said she was a ‘really nice lady’.
He said: “She used to come in every week to do the quiz, which she loved, and to have a glass of wine at the end of the bar.
“Unfortunately over the past four or five years she really went down because of her illness.
“She was a very well liked woman and her death came as a shock to everybody at the pub. We didn’t expect it.”
A funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium on Friday, February 14 at 1pm.