Mother’s tribute to ‘kind and gentle’ son

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A MOTHER has described her son as ‘everybody’s friend’ after his body was found near Bedgrove Park in Aylesbury.

Father-of-three Andrew McGachen’s body was found by a member of the public in The Spinney following what police described as an ‘unexplained death’ not believed to be suspicious.

The 27-year-old’s mother, Linda Sanders, said he was a ‘kind, caring and gentle’ man who trained as a chef and ‘idolised’ his three boys, Guy, aged five, Dexter, four, and Jasper, two.

She said: “Everything he did was for the boys. He adored them.

“Everywhere he went he was well known. We went to town a couple of weeks ago and everyone came up and shook his hand.”

Mr McGachen lived with his wife, Nicola near Tramps salon, where he worked part-time in management after the restaurant he was at closed.

He left Berkhamsted School after his GCSEs to train at London’s Westminster Kingsway College, the same catering college where Jamie Oliver learnt his trade, and went on to work at Hartwell House and a friend’s restaurant in Australia, among other places.

His father, also called Andrew, died of cancer when he was only four.

Mike Sanders, his step-father, said: “His dream was to run a catering business, that is what he always talked about wanting to do.

“I never heard anybody say a bad word about him.”

A guitar playing heavy metal fan, Mr McGachen, whose sister Amie lives locally, was at a fundraising event for Great Ormond Street Hospital at the Bucks Yeoman pub the night before his death, when he was said to be on ‘top form’.

His body was discovered at around 6am last Wednesday.

Mrs Sanders said: “Everyone who saw him on the Tuesday night couldn’t believe what happened a few hours later.”

A funeral service will take place at Amersham crematorium on May 14, followed by a reception at the Bucks Yeoman. The family has asked for donations to Great Ormond Street rather than flowers.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.