Tributes paid to village stalwart
Maypole team founder died at his home
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.”
n SADLY MISSED: George Ward, BEM, described as ‘Mr Chalfont St Giles’ died peacefully at home on July 9