VISCOUNT HAMBLEDEN has died at his home in America after a battle with cancer. He was 82.
Born William Herbert (Harry) Smith, he was the 4th Viscount Hambleden.
He married Countess Maria Carmela Attolico di Adelfia in 1955 and they had five sons. The couple were divorced in 1988 but Lady Hambleden has continued to live at the manor house in the village.
The viscount later married Lesley Watson.
Lady Hambleden described her former husband as “one of a kind”.
She said: “He was a lovely person who loved people. He was a gregarious man and interested in so many subjects. He was a great, indefatigable traveller and went to some lovely places — he wasn’t an explorer but very nearly.” She said his particular fondness for Africa was inspired by the time he spent in Somalia with the British Army following the Second World War.
Lord Hambleden died at his home in Nevada on Thursday last week.
The peerage passes to his eldest son, 56-year-old William Henry Bernard Smith.It was created in 1891 for Emily Danvers Smith in honour of her deceased husband, the businessman and Conservative politician William Henry Smith.
Both their son, the second viscount, and grandson, the third viscount, were involved in the management of the family business, W H Smith.
The funeral will take place in Hambleden.