TRIBUTES TO THE MAGIC OF PAUL DANIELS
Condolences after death of former Denham resident and TV star
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