Tributes from shocked friends of pas­sion­ate biker

Pop­u­lar and re­spected Che­sham man killed in road col­li­sion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­

TRIBUTES have been pour­ing in for a mo­tor­cy­clist who was killed in a road ac­ci­dent last Sun­day (June 21).

Graham Wal­lace Ritchie, 75, who lived in Old Sax Lane in Char­tridge, Che­sham, died af­ter a blue Honda mo­tor­bike he was rid­ing crashed into a Ford Fi­esta on the A413 be­tween Chal­font St Peter and Chal­font St Giles.

Mr Ritchie was an avid mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­ast, of­ten head­ing to the Ace Cafe, the fa­mous Lon­don biker hang­out.

“He used to go up the Ace Cafe quite a lot,” said Rachael Bree, land­lady of the White Hart, Chal­font St Peter. “Mo­tor­bikes were his pas­sion”.

She added: “I’m to­tally shocked. He was a lo­cal man in the vil­lage, a very well re­spected man. He was just a lovely per­son.”

Mr Ritchie was a reg­u­lar face at the White Hart, where he had a lot of friends and made a lot of peo­ple laugh.

She said: “I know him from me serv­ing him. He had lots of friends. He liked a laugh, he liked a wind up. He was just a gen­uine guy.” She is in shock and says a lot of the com­mu­nity are too. “He was one of the first cus­tomers I served in the pub,”she said. “Ev­ery­body knows his fam­ily”.

“I was gut­ted when I found out, ab­so­lutely gut­ted. I was dev­as­tated when we found out. There’s a lot of peo­ple in the vil­lage that love him.

“His fu­neral is on Thurs­day. We will show how many peo­ple cared for him there.” She added: “There’s not much more I can say other than that he was a very well loved and re­spected man, that’s all I can re­ally put to it.”

Mr Ritchie’s fu­neral will take place at 3.45pm to­day (July 2) at Amer­sham Cre­ma­to­rium, Whielden Lane. An in­quest has been opened and ad­journed un­til Septem­ber 3.

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