Tributes paid to vil­lage stal­wart

May­pole team founder died at his home

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man dubbed ‘Mr Chal­font St Giles’, who died this month.

Ge­orge Ward was a muchloved mem­ber of the com­mu­nity awarded a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal 20 years ago, for ser­vices to the vil­lage.

Mr Ward died at home on July 9.

More than 150 peo­ple at­tended his thanks­giv­ing ser­vice at Dean­way United Church on July 17.

Mr Ward was heav­ily in­volved in char­i­ties and so­ci­eties and was one of the founder mem­bers of the vil­lage May­pole danc­ing team and could be seen on May 1 walk­ing round the vil­lage green bear­ing a cake aloft on his sword.

He was pres­i­dent of the Scout group, a trustee of Ju­bilee and Shak­man Homes, a life mem­ber of the Gar­dens As­so­ci­a­tion and ran the bingo club.

Born in 1924, Mr Ward started work­ing life as a butcher’s boy be­fore join­ing the RAF at 18 and climb­ing the ranks to be­come a Flight Sergeant fly­ing Hal­i­fax bombers.

In 1951 he joined the vil­lage school as tem­po­rary care­taker, a po­si­tion he held for 38 years.

Ge­orge and Ivy Sherry be­came a cou­ple seven years ago. Ivy said: “We knew he was on bor­rowed time but Ge­orge never said, ‘why me?’

“He was a won­der­ful, gen­tle man. A real gen­tle­man. Chal­font St Giles was his vil­lage and peo­ple called him Mr Chal­font St Giles. He was an ex­tra­or­di­nary man. Ge­orge was al­ways there when any­one asked for his help and gave it un­stint­ingly.”

Diana Pen­rose, who runs the May­pole team, said: “He was a great man, he was very liked by ev­ery­body.”

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n SADLY MISSED: Ge­orge Ward, BEM, de­scribed as ‘Mr Chal­font St Giles’ died peace­fully at home on July 9

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