Village mourns loss of PERA chairman

It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of the village’s most respected residents. David Stanier, who was the popular chairman of the residents’ association for many years, passed away suddenly at the age 79. David and his wife Margaret, who had been married for 56 years and lived in Piccotts End for more than 50, were well-known figures, often seen out walking and running social events like the Safari Supper. He will be sadly missed and we extend our deepest sympathy to Margaret. He leaves a son and a daughter and four grandsons. 

His next door neighbour Carole Cohen offered us her own memories.

‘He was such a calm, gentle and witty soul and a Bon Vivant of course.  We spent many lovely evenings together always with something nice to drink and eat à la française. He was a Francophile. I used  to look forward to being reminded of France when we went round  as he always had an option of a Kir Royal for apéritifs. We could not have asked for better neighbours. 
‘He was also an artist ( a very good painter) and was still studying psychology at the OU.
‘Every year he used to make Marmalade when the Seville oranges were on the shelves at Waitrose. When I look outside my windows, either at the front or at the back I still see him pottering around in his immaculate garden with a big smile on his face.
‘Whenever we sent each other emails he always finished his message with “keep smiling”. This is how I will remember him.’