The funeral of Aylesbury mayor Steve Patrick was held at St Mary’s Church this morning (Friday).
Aylesbury MP David Lidington, former town mayors and many councillors were among the congregation which filled the church.
Mr Patrick’s wife Janice gave a bible reading during the service and his children Michael and Kirsten led the tributes.
Michael said: “If I had to describe my father in one word, that word would be gentleman.”
Michael went on to say that he had looked the word up in a dictionary and said: “It read, a chivalrous, courteous and honourable man, and a more perfect description of Steven John Patrick you will not find.”
Mike Smith, leader of Aylesbury Town Council, said he had known Mr Patrick since 2001 when they were founder members of the council.
He said: “Steve stood out as the one who really got why Aylesbury needed a town council. It was Steve who came up with the idea that we should have a grant scheme to give something back.
“He also took delivery of our mission statement, taking pride in Aylesbury town.
“And he was instrumental in the flower displays and Aylesbury in Bloom and the events we put on for others to enjoy.
“He was a modest, reserved and shy man, not a self publicist. He had so much more to give.
“The tragedy of his passing is a huge loss for us and the town.”
Reverend Tony Holmes, who led the service, told the congregation Mr Patrick was born and schooled in Grimsby and met his wife Janice while in the sixth form. They went on to marry in August 1975 and lived for two years in Mexico before returning to England.
Mr Patrick studied Physics at Nottingham University and trained to be a teacher, spending 25 years at Amersham and Wycombe College.
He was elected to Aylesbury Vale District Council in 1999 and became a town councillor two years later, serving continously on both councils until his death. He became town mayor in May.
His son Michael said: “He was a generally shy and humble man and felt the public role of mayor was not for him, but his colleagues persuaded him otherwise.
“He wanted to reach out to all communities and make them feel a part of Aylesbury.”
Mr Patrick’s hobbies included photography, gardening, American football and racing.