‘A model of stead­fast­ness, of sta­bil­ity and com­mit­ment’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

Arthur Chandler

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