Tributes from shocked friends of passionate biker
Popular and respected Chesham man killed in road collision
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.