A former teacher who helped run his late wife’s dance school has died aged 94.
James Anthony Clegg, known as Tony Clegg, passed away at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Friday, November 6 aged 94.
Tony, of Lyndon Avenue in Great Harwood, was well known in the area for his association with the Anne Cummings School of Dancing, run by his late wife Annie Clegg who passed away in March. His daughter Jane Mabbutt said her father left school at 14 and worked delivering bread for his parent’s bakery shop.
She said: “During the war years he worked as a lorry driver for Greenwoods while continuing to study for Matriculation exams, which he took in Manchester in 1944. It was on the Manchester bus home that he met Annie, whom he later married and spent 70 years together.”
The couple had celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary in 2014. Tony qualified as a teacher in 1945 and began working at St Mary’s RC School in Clayton-le-Moors, and later became head of mathematics at Norden High School in Rishton. He also worked as a senior lecturer at a teacher training college in Liverpool before retiring in 1982.
Jane added: “He was well known for his ambitious life style, on his retirement in 1982, he continued to run a small business ‘Mantonian Products’, selling dance wear to ballet schools across the country, until he eventually retired fully in 2000 aged 79. He continued to live an active life, enjoying country walks and journeys to the seaside until earlier this year. He had an avid interest in football and enjoyed following results. He also enjoyed the challenge of mathematics, and continued to complete the daily telegraph maths problems until two weeks before his death.”
Tony was the dearly loved husband of the late Annie Clegg, he leaves children, Anne, Anthony, Janet and Jane; Grandchildren, Clare, John, Jason, Peter, Elisa, Ana and David, seven great-grandchildren; nephew Brian and many dearly loved relatives and friends. A service by Father Anthony Clarke will be held at St. Hubert’s Roman Catholic Church in Great Harwood on Monday, November 16 at 12 noon. This will be followed by the burial at Dill Hall Lane Cemetery and a gathering at the Sparth House Hotel.