VIL­LAGE MOURNS LOSS OF ‘TRUE LEG­END’

Friends and fam­ily pay trib­ute to much-loved pen­sioner

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

AN EN­TIRE vil­lage is mourning the loss of a 95-year-old man af­ter he was killed in Chal­font St Peter.

Heart­felt trib­utes have poured in for Ernie Moody, af­ter he was hit by a black Vaux­hall As­tra at 5pm on Mon­day June 27 in Lower Road, close to the junc­tion with Grange Road.

The pen­sioner has been dubbed ‘a true leg­end’ and so­cial me­dia is awash with peo­ple pay­ing their re­spects.

His son, Ken, said: “Fol­low­ing the kind trib­utes to Ernie Moody, on be­half of the our fam­ily, I would like to con­vey my thanks for all the heart­felt mes­sages that peo­ple of Chal­font St Peter vil­lage have con­veyed at this terrible time.

“Ernie was a kind fa­ther to John, Brian, Ken and Alan and our fam­i­lies, there are so many peo­ple who knew him, which is demon­strated by all the lovely flower trib­utes placed at the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

“We will ad­vise of ar­range­ments in the very near fu­ture. Thank you all again for the touch­ing mem­o­ries.”

Long-term friend and pre­vi­ous land­lady of the White Hart pub, Rachael Bree, said: “He was just a true leg­end of the vil­lage. He was a true gen­tle­man.”

She added: “He lived a very full life. He was all about fun.

“It’s very sad – he’s been a part of my life for nearly 16 years. He was loved by every­body.

“It’s a great shame. Every­body knew him, from old to young, and every­body looked out for him.”

In a let­ter to the Ad­ver ti s e r / E x a miner Mandy Snow, 55, wrote: “I can’t ex­press my sor­row at the sad and un­timely death of Ernie. The vil­lage all knew him, and he was always up for a dance in the White Hart on a mu­sic night. My sin­cere con­do­lences go out to his fam­ily and friends. The vil­lage will be empty with­out him.”

Danielle Tem­ple, 20, said: “I just wanted to have a lit­tle say for Ernie that he was an ex­tra­or­di­nary man who would walk around the vil­lage all day long from the pub to the book­ies.

“I used to see him ev­ery Satur­day when I use to work in Bud­gens in the cof­fee shop area a few years ago and Ernie would always come in for his cheese sand­wiches with­out fail and talk to me about his day. He will be greatly missed by many.”

Faye Ja­han­souz, 42, Amer­sham Road, said: “Well I re­ally can’t bring my­self to think that a lovely, kind, funny, car­ing gen­tle­man such as Ernie Moody has left us. Our fam­ily is dev­as­tated by this sad news.

“We knew this lovely fam­ily for nearly 14 years. It all started when we moved to Den­ham and were looking for dec­o­ra­tors, my hus­band got hold of the one and only Ernie and his kind and gentle son Alan.

“A cou­ple of years af­ter we moved to Chal­font St Peter we used to meet up ev­ery now and then for tea or cof­fee.

“Ernie was so friendly and chatty to ev­ery­one. Nearly ev­ery day I used to bump into him in the vil­lage, with­out a doubt he would asked how my chil­dren were, es­pe­cially my son who is the same age as Jaden, Alan Moody’s son. Ernie adored Jaden, a cou­ple of times I gave Ernie a lift to Uxbridge as it was win­ter and cold, he was wait­ing for the bus and I was go­ing to Uxbridge any­way so I took him with me.

“Ernie made me feel so happy and jolly, telling me sto­ries about years ago dur­ing the war and many other things.

“We can not imag­ine what the Moody fam­ily are go­ing through, our deep­est con­do­lences to them all.

“I can say this that Ernie was a god­fa­ther of the vil­lage and CSP won’t be the same with­out him.”

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