The community said goodbye to a legendary Watford boxer last month.
Allan Buxton, who died on March 27 at the age of 92, was the ABA (Amateur Boxing Association of United States and England) Welterweight champion of Great Britain in 1949 and was well-known in the local boxing community and amongst Watford celebrities.
Allan was more than simply a boxer; he formed and ran the Neighbourhood Watch in Bricket Wood was on the committee of Mencop (the police charity for the mentally handicapped) alongside his wife, Pauline.
He was also a Freemason for 50 years and ran a haulage business, Allan Buxton Transport, until his retirement.
In a loving tribute to her father, Allan’s daughter, Lynn Simmons, said: “Most important though, was his place at the heart of our family. He was a fantastic dad to me and my brother Allan Jnr, a treasured granddad to my three children and their partners, and a much-loved great granddad to Georgia and Margot.
“He was ‘Uncle Allan’ to many nieces and nephews who all thought the world of him. Mum and dad were married for over 66 years and were a wonderful couple, full of life and real social animals. At any function, of which there were many, they were always the first onto the dance floor and probably the last to leave, and always immaculately turned out and glamorous.
“Allan and I would like to thank everyone in our family for their support through what has been a difficult few weeks whilst dad was in hospital, and in his final days at Prince Michael of Kent Court. To all the carers there, past and present, thank you for everything you have done for dad. I will post further details regarding the funeral arrangements at a later date.
“Love you dad. I hope you got your greatest wish, which was to be reunited with your beloved Pauline. We will all miss you so much.”