The Dacorum Talking Newspaper has recorded a moving tribute to a volunteer of more than 25 years who died in a tragic accident.
Gervase Victor Culley was a regular reader for the charity which condenses the Gazette into a weekly sound recording for blind and partially sighted people across the borough.
After being seriously injured in a freak accident at his home he died in a London hospital on Saturday, August 10. He was 86.
The committed volunteer was also involved in the University of the Third Age and sang in nearby choirs.
According to DTN colleagues, Gervase had beautiful handwriting and was a keen calligraphist.
Fellow members of his reading group recorded the tribute in the current edition of the Talking Newspaper, saying: “As Team One, of which Gervase was leader, we would like to spend a few minutes giving our tribute to him on behalf of all volunteers at the DTN.
“Gervase was one of our best and most experienced readers.
“He was sadly widowed a few years ago but found happiness again with his long time friend Helen, whom he had met when they were both singing in the same choir.
“We send our thoughts and love to Gervase’s family and Helen at this very sad time, and respectfully dedicate this edition to the memory of our friend and colleague.” You can listen to this week’s recording at dtnhemel.org.uk.
Gervase’s funeral will be held in St Benedict’s Church, Bennetts End, on Monday at 11am. It will be followed by a committal at Woodwells Cemetery. Flowers are welcome or donations can be made to the Herts Air Ambulance through funeral directors J Worley on 01442 253465.