AROUND 500 people atteneded a thanksgiving service for community stalwart Brian Huckle, who died last month.
Mr Huckle, of Hatton Avenue, Wellingborough, died on April 26.
He was driving in Hatton Street when his car veered over the road and collided with a tree.
A thanksgiving service for the 79-year-old was held at All Hallows Church in Wellingborough.
The service was led by Rev Tony Lynett and Canon George Burgon, with the church so full of people that many had to stand at the back.
Mr Huckle was well-known for having run a tobacconist and a hairdressers in Wellingborough town centre. The tobacconist shop was run before him by his father Vic.
The grandfather was involved in a number of local organisations and was a governor at Wellingborough School for more than 30 years.
His children Judy and Nick both paid tribute to him at the thanksgiving service.
In his eulogy Nick, who lives in America, said: “In his later years, and certainly after he retired, he became a character.
“He could get away with making cheeky and suggestive comments to women because they knew instinctively that he meant no harm, and that he was a representative of a bygone age, a time before political correctness, a vanished age of chivalry. He took and kept the best from the past.”
In her talk Judy, who lives in Cheltenham, said her father had been born in 1932 in a house called Sunshine in Northampton Road, Wellingborough. She spoke about memories of times they had shared.
Speaking to the Evening Telegraph, she said: “He really was a character and he seemed to fit in a variety of things – he would do his gardening and his golf.
“He loved his garden, his garden was admired by so many people.”