VILLAGE MOURNS LOSS OF ‘TRUE LEGEND’
Friends and family pay tribute to much-loved pensioner
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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