Hundreds pay tribute to beloved photgrapher

Hundreds pay tribute to beloved photgrapher

Laura Enfield

Hundreds pay tribute to beloved photgrapher

Hundreds of people have paid tribute to a pillar of Maidenhead's community who passed away just after Christmas.

Family and friends packed out Bray Church on Thursday for a memorial service for Raymond Thatcher.

About 300 people from as far afield as France, Switzerland and Devon attended as well as famous Maidenhead resident Sir Nicholas Winton, 102, who was a great friend.

Mr Thatcher's son Neil gave a moving eulogy, talking of his 'immeasurable love ' for his family.

Friend Susan Fleck sang his favourite piece of music 'Panis Angelicus'

Long-time friend John Miles-Griffiths followed with another touching eulogy saying his memory will be kept alive by his photographs.

The memorial service was proceeded by a private cremation in Caversham.

The renowned photographer, who ran his business from Maidenhead for more than 50 years, died on December 29 after a battle with cancer.

Wife Maureen has described him as her 'soul mate' and many others have expressed their love and admiration for the Rotarian.

Tributes have poured into the Advertiser website with people recalling him as a 'true gentleman who will be 'sorely missed'.

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