Con­do­lences af­ter death of for­mer Den­ham res­i­dent and TV star

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NEIGH­BOURS have paid trib­ute to TV leg­end Paul Daniels, who died on Thurs­day last week aged 77.

Mr Daniels lived in Tile­house Lane, Den­ham, for part of his life and has been de­scribed as a lovely man who al­ways had time for peo­ple.

Chris Mo­ri­arty, who lives on Wood­hurst Drive, said: “He in­vited all the neigh­bours at the time for a drink when he got mar­ried.

“If any or­gan­i­sa­tions wanted a bit of a lift up he was quite happy to be there and do what he could.”

He added: “I did like him when he moved here. I was gen­uinely sorry to hear of his death.”

Neigh­bour Roger Parker, who lives on Den­ham Green Lane, said he would of­ten see Mr Daniels .

“He held the door for me in the lo­cal shops and said, ‘mind your step’.

“It’s a shame. When you spoke to him he seemed a very rea­son­able and very nice chap.”

One vil­lager, who did not want to be named, added: “I’m dread­fully sad for the fam­ily of a man who was so quick wit­ted and bright to have a brain tu­mour.

“He was very down to earth.

“He would go to the lo­cal shops, and he al­ways had a smile and a ‘good morn­ing’ for peo­ple.”

Terri Forte said he was well known in the vil­lage: “He was a lovely man. He was the first per­son to do­nate his ser­vices to any­thing that was go­ing on in the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Daniels died of a brain tu­mour af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with it ear­lier this year. He is sur­vived by his wife Deb­bie McGee and three sons from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage.

Celebri­ties paid trib­ute to him via Twit­ter.

TV pre­sen­ter Louis Th­er­oux said: “RIP Paul Daniels, a thought­ful skep­tic, en­emy of huck­ster­ism and para­nor­mal flim­flam, and gifted ma­gi­cian. My con­do­lences to his fam­ily.”

Mu­si­cian Rick Wake­man said: “I am so sad at so many friends pass­ing away. Paul Daniels and Deb­bie were great friends and a won­der­ful cou­ple. I shall miss Paul greatly.”

Chil­dren’s TV star Paul Chuckle wrote: “Sad to hear of the death of Paul Daniels. RIP Paul our thoughts are with the fam­ily.”

Sharon Wil­liams, co­or­di­na­tor of the Den­ham Vil­lage Fayre, said that when he per­formed at the fayre he did so all day with­out stop­ping for a break.

“Paul Daniels used to get in­volved with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. He was quite happy to do that,” she said.

Magic cou­ple: Paul Daniels, who died last week, pic­tured with his wife Deb­bie McGee from left cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Sausage Week, out­side their for­mer home in Den­ham and get­ting mar­ried in Bucks

Paul Daniels

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