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Tractor leads Henley funeral procession

A HENLEY man's funeral procession was led by a tractor carrying his coffin on a trailer.

More than 100 people attended the service at St Mary's Church in Hart Street, Henley, today (Wednesday, March 22) for Mark Sayer, who died on February 27.

Mr Sayer, 43, was trapped inside a shed off Gravel Hill which caught fire that afternoon. A neighbour raised the alarm at 4.45pm and six fire crews, police and paramedics including the Thames Valley air ambulance attended the property opposite Friar Park Stables.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Sayer's family described him as a "devoted and loving husband" to his wife Jade, his teenage sweetheart whom he married in 2003, and their two sons Hudson, seven, and Mackenzie, four.

They said he was a "beautiful kind and gentle soul who took life as it came, wasn't materialistic and knew the real value of life".

The former Gillotts School pupil ran a landscape gardening business and was a keen fisherman, wood turner and pool player who regularly played at the Salisbury Club in Queen Street, Henley, where the funeral reception took place.

A full report of the ceremony will appear in this week's Henley Standard.

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