Show­biz celebri­ties at­tend fa­mous ma­gi­cian’s fu­neral

Fel­low en­ter­tain­ers among those pay­ing trib­ute

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Held in the Mil­ton Chapel at Chiltern Cre­ma­to­rium, Amer­sham, on Fri­day April 1, the ser­vice was at­tended by his wife Deb­bie McGee, his sons Paul, Gary and Martin, along with co­me­dian Barry Cryer, tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Glo­ria Hun­ni­ford and ac­tress Bon­nie Lang­ford.

Af­ter­wards his wife thanked fans on Twit­ter for their sup­port, writ­ing the fol­low­ing day, she said: “A huge thank you for all the won­der­ful mes­sages yes­ter­day. It was a very spe­cial day which I got through thanks to fam­ily and friends.”

A hearse pulled up to the cre­ma­to­rium shortly af­ter noon and a trib­ute from his wife was placed on Mr Daniels’ white cof­fin which was car­ried into the chapel.

The cof­fin, adorned with red roses, had two play­ing cards marked on the side, and a sil­ver wand was placed on a pil­low on top.

About 200 mourn­ers, led by Ms McGee, were said to be there and they were be­lieved to have left straight af­ter the ser­vice to head back to the fam­ily home in Berk­shire.

Mr Daniels lived in Tile­house Lane, Den­ham, for part of his life – in a man­sion pre­vi­ously owned by for­mer 007 Roger Moore – be­fore he moved to Berk­shire in 1998.

He died on March 17 at the age of 77 af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour.

His for­mer Den­ham neigh­bours de­scribed Mr Daniels as ‘a lovely man who al­ways had time for peo­ple’, and spoke of their shock over his death.

De­spite mov­ing away from Den­ham to a house in Berk­shire, he still reg­u­larly at­tended vil­lage events, most re­cently go­ing along to the Den­ham Vil­lage Fayre in 2013, at which he per­formed magic tricks at a stall along­side ac­tor Robert Lind­say and singer Jess Con­rad.

Paul Daniels with wife Deb­bie McGee

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