ALL Saints Church in Hatton was packed yesterday as people bid a final farewell to pillar of the community Ron Buxton.
The afternoon ceremony was attended by so many people that an adjoining hall was also used, in which a screen showed the ceremony from the main church.
Mr Buxton died following a battle with cancer on October 9, aged 67. He had many strings to his bow, including being managing director of a pharmaceutical company, and former chairman of Hatton Parish Council.
The touching service paid tribute to a quiet and modest man who had a cheeky sense of humour and a big heart.
During a eulogy his friend Kevin Cartwright said that Mr Buxton would have been ‘overwhelmed’ to have seen so many people there.
He said: “He left university in the early 80s with a degree in chemistry and set up businesses in Spondon. Years past and he met Debbie. At this time I introduced him to the local rotary club. Alas, shortly after, Debbie was taken in truly tragic circumstances and Ron was left devastated. His family and friends helped him overcome the grief.”
Mr Cartwright told mourners how Mr Buxton had been a councillor for many years and was also involved with Burton Rugby Club. He toured with the club and was given the nickname ‘silver surfer’.
He added: “Ron was service above self personified.”
Mr Cartwright added that Mr Buxton would often hold parties. A fireworks display he put on rivalled that of Sydney Harbour on New Years’ Eve.
He said: “He worked tirelessly for the people of Hatton. He worked night and day filling sandbags after the floods. The devastation had a massive effect on him and he successfully lobbied the council and Mps to make sure action was taken.
“What a sad irony that Ron should die two days before the flood scheme was opened.”
Also speaking at the service was Greg Spicer, who worked for Mr Buxton.