A Little Gaddesden grandfather who was killed coming to the aid of an elderly neighbour was laid to rest in the village church today.
Graham Buck ran to the home of Francis Cory-Wright, then 87, who lived two doors down from him in Nettleden Road, after hearing him crying out for help.
After a four-day manhunt, police arrested Ian McLoughlin, then 55, on suspicion of Graham’s murder in the early hours of Wednesday, July 17.
McLoughlin was on day release from Springhill Prison in Grendon Underwood, near Aylesbury, at the time of the attack. He had come to visit convicted paedophile Cory-Wright, who he had met in jail.
Mr Buck, 66, leaves behind wife Karen, two sons, a daughter, two grandchildren and a wife from a previous marriage. His family were at his funeral in St Peter and St Paul Church today.
Tributes were paid to Mr Buck by Greg Lomax, chairman of Aldwyck Housing Group, and Terry Bicker from the Mentmore Golf and Country Club seniors section.
Mr Buck was vice-chairman of the social housing provider and a member of the golf club.
After his funeral, his wife Karen said: “Everyone who knew Graham has told me that as much as this has been such a big shock it was just like Graham to want to go and help someone. That is the type of person he was.
“The family has been overwhelmed with the support and kindness shown by our friends and neighbours. Graham’s daughter only recently moved home but this didn’t stop her neighbours offering their help. Their previous neighbours also brought round a collection of roses for their new garden.
“In addition to our family and friends I would particularly like to thank my friends and colleagues for their consistent emotional support and understanding.”
She also thanked Graham’s golf club for their help in arranging the wake.
She said: “I am extremely grateful to the police for the support they continue to provide and their reassuring presence around the village.
“The Family Liaison Officers have not only supported the family and ensured that we are kept up to date but they have also helped to ease the burden by assisting with the formalities we faced.
“The ideal paradise we lived in has been ruined. This is something that should never have happened and is not something that anyone here expected. What a loss.”