Showbiz celebrities attend famous magician’s funeral
Fellow entertainers among those paying tribute
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