A Buckingham war hero and veteran of the D-Day landings passed away last Friday.
Rico de Angeli, who celebrated his 90th birthday in July with a big party for 150 people at Horwood House, passed away peacefully in hospital in Stevenage.
Mr de Angeli had gone into hospital for an operation a few days before and sadly did not recover from complications.
His wife, Jean, said her husband had refused further medical treatment.
She told the Advertiser and Review: “He said he’d had enough.
“He’d had a good innings and a good life.”
She said Mr de Angeli had suffered a lot of pain in his life as a result of the injuries he received after being parachuted into Normandy on June 6 1944, as part of the 6th Airborne Division’s missionto hold Pegasus Bridge.
Mr de Angeli contributed a great deal to the life of Buckingham since moving to the town in 1954 and was involved in many organisations.
He was honorary life vice-president of Buckingham Rugby Club, which held a minute’s silence in his honour before last Saturday’s game.
Club president Alan Leach said: “Rico was a very popular and respected member of our club. He generously supported the whole club for a great number of years, both on the playing and the social side.
“Until very recently he would be on the touchline for every first team game, home or away, come rain or shine.
“With his wife Jean, he would meticulously prepare top-quality pre-match buffets on a regular basis.
“He was universally liked through all sections of the club, and will be sadly missed.”
A funeral will be held at Buckingham Parish Church at 11am on Tuesday, October 1, followed by refreshments at Buckingham Rugby Club.