Buckingham bids fond farewell to D-Day hero

The funeral service of Rico De Angeli of Maids Moreton at Buckingham Church.'131001M-A314
The funeral service of Rico De Angeli of Maids Moreton at Buckingham Church.'131001M-A314

Buckingham paid tribute to a much-admired D-Day veteran and supporter of local organisations on Tuesday.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul was filled to capacity for the funeral of Rico de Angeli, who passed away on September 13 aged 90.

Mr de Angeli, of Manor Park in Maids Moreton, parachuted into Normandy in June 1944 as part of the 6th Airborne Division’s mission to capture and defend Pegasus Bridge.

He was severely wounded and spent many months in hospital.

Music at the service included the Parachute Regiment Slow March and Quick March and Mr de Angeli’s grandson Robert de Angeli read The Airborne Prayer in tribute to his grandfather’s heroism.

After moving to Buckingham in 1954, Mr de Angeli supported a large number of organisations including Buckingham Football Club, Buckingham and District Boys’ Football Club, Buckingham and District Pigeon Racing Club, Toc H Buckingham Branch, the Royal British Legion Buckingham Branch, Buckingham and District Angling Club and Buckingham Rugby Club.

Eulogies were read by Mr de Angeli’s son Simon, granddaughters Emma De Angeli and Rachel Laking, friend Andy Cooper and president of Buckingham Rugby Club Alan Leach. Mr de Angeli’s daughter Lisa Laking also gave a reading.

The service was conducted by Buckingham’s Rev Will Pearson-Gee and prayers were led by Maids Moreton rector, the Rev Hans Taling.

Collections were taken in aid of the Critical Care Unit at The Lister Hospital, the Parachute Regimental Association and Buckingham Rugby Club.

Guests were invited to the rugby club for refreshments after the service.