Alma Tarmey, Coronation Street, Bill Tarmey and Albion United Reform Church Tuesday 27th November 2012 Alma Tarmey is pushed in her wheelchair at the funeral of 'Coronation Street' actor Bill Tarmey at Albion United Reform Church.
Bill Tarmey's death occurred in Tenerife on the morning of 9 November 2012 at the age of 71. The much loved actor was most famous for his role of Jack Duckworth on British soap Coronation Street. At his funeral, his colleagues have been paying tribute.
"Duckworth will forever be a Coronation Street legend,' said Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria Connor. "On behalf of everyone who works at Coronation Street and has worked on the programme for 52 years, and the loyal viewers who have followed the programme throughout these years - Bill, we salute you." The Metro also reported Nigel Pivaro, who played Jack and Vera's tearaway son Terry, speaking of Tarmey's "warmth, wit, patience and wisdom"
"I think those qualities that he had in abundance we will keep them in our hearts as his legacy. Today the world is a little poorer for not having him with us and heaven is a little richer," he continued to say.
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Coronation Street stars gathered in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, on Tuesday (November 27, 2012) to pay their respects to the actor Bill Tarmey, who died earlier this month while holidaying with his family in Tenerife. Tarmey, 71, became one of television's most recognisable faces, playing Jack Duckworth for over 30 years.
According to Sky News, the ceremony at the Albion United Reformed Church was attended by the likes of Julie Goodyear, William Roache and Kevin Kennedy. Readings and tributes were given by Tarmey's granddaughter, grandson and Coronation Street co-stars Nigel Pivaro and Samia Ghandie. The actress - who plays Maria O'Connor - described Bill as "devoted to his family," adding, "He was genuinely one of the most decent and honourable men you could ever wish to meet. Jack and Vera were a truly unforgettable and formidable partnership, and I doubt we'll ever see that again. They were simply iconic and Jack Duckworth will forever be a true Coronation Street legend." A recording of Tarmey's track 'The Wind Beneath My Wings' was played at the funeral whilst a montage charting his career and life played on a screen, leaving the congregation in tears.
Tarmey - a former builder - worked as a singer in local nightclubs before landing his role on Coronation Street in 1979. A life-long smoker, he suffered with persistent heart problems though it was the ill health of his son that forced him to quit the soap in 2010.
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The star had been suffering from poor health for half his life having had a heart attack at the age of 35 and a stroke only a year later. He had two heart bypass operations in his life and smoked cigarettes until his death despite needing an oxygen mask to help him to breathe. His death comes only two years after he retired from Corrie; which, incidentally, was due to his rapidly failing health. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years Alma, his son Carl, 38, and his daughter Sara, 42, and members of his family have released this statement: 'The family of Bill Tarmey have confirmed that he sadly passed away this morning in Tenerife. They have respectfully asked the media for privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother.'
His Corrie castmates have left tribute messages for him on Twitter: Charlie Condou who plays Marcus Dent wrote, 'I am devastated to hear that the wonderful Bill Tarmey has died. He was a beautiful, funny and lovely man, and he will be missed by us all' and Antony Cotton who plays Sean Tully's message read, 'Goodnight Bill Tarmey. You were the best. We'll miss you so much x.'
Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street for decades, has died aged 71. Tarmey passed away in Tenerife on Thursday morning (November 8, 2012) and is survived by his wife Alma, son Carl and daughter Sara.
A statement reported by The Daily Mail read, "The family of Bill Tarmey have confirmed that he sadly passed away this morning in Tenerife.They have respectfully asked the media for privacy as they grieve for a wonderful husband, father and brother." A statement from Coronation Street echoed the sentiments, reading, "The cast, crew and production team at Coronation Street are devastated to hear of Bill's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's wife and soulmate Ali and their family at this very sad time." Tarmey has suffered ailing health over the past couple of years, and underwent a quintuple heart bypass in 1986. He quit Coronation Street in April 2010 to spend more time with his family, after 30 years of playing Duckworth on the show. His final scenes saw Jack peacefully dying in his armchair at No.9 Coronation Street after celebrating his 74th birthday at his beloved Rovers Return pub.
The tributes have already begun flooding in for the Tarmey, with Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley tweeting, "So sad to hear that Bill Tarmey has died. #legend #RIPBILL . My deepest sympathies to all who knew him best xxx"
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