‘A model of steadfastness, of stability and commitment’
ONE OF Chalfont St Peter’s longest living residents has died after a brief illness.
Arthur Chandler, who was born in the village in 1923 at the local village hospital, was the youngest son in a family of eight.
They lived in the High Street in a block known as the Barracks, and he attended the Chalfont St Peter Middle School in the days when there were separate classes for boys and girls.
He worked for the Lucas factory in Beaconsfield and eventually bought a home in Lovell End for his new wife, Marcia.
Close friend Karen Dickson said: “Mr Chandler was a remarkable man.
“In a world that is constantly changing, he was a model of steadfastness, of stability and commitment.
“He had a superb memory and was interested in everything, and he loved nothing more than speaking about his village, his memories and the changes he had seen in his 94 years of living in Chalfont St Peter.
“I owe him a massive debt of gratitude – he and his wife Marcia played a pivotal role in helping my family settle in Chalfont St Peter when we first immigrated to the UK in 2003. They were our first landlords, and their generosity, their kindness and their help made it possible for us to make a home in Chalfont St Peter.
“As a young family who arrived in the village with nothing and knowing noone, all that we have and all that we are, we owe to Arthur and Marcia Chandler.”
Over the last few years, Mr Chandler has been one of the leading contributors to a living history project being run by the Celfunde group, who meet on the first Saturday of every month in the Community Library.
Such was his enthusiasm for the group he pushed to leave hospital a day early in December to make Celfunde’s Christmas meeting.
His funeral was held on Friday January 22 at 11.30am, at the St Peter Church. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Palliative Care Centre at Wexham Park Hospital.