THE last respects were paid on Monday to a 'proud Englishman' who spent much of his life serving the wider community, most of it in his beloved Harefield.
Pat Whiteman, 90, who died on July 23 after a short illness, had lived in Merle Avenue since he moved to the village in 1955.
More than 200 people attended the funeral service at St Mary's Parish Church, Church Hill, on Monday which was conducted by The Rev Andrew Gandon.
Mr Whiteman enlisted in the army in 1939 as a 2nd lieutenant but was saved from the fate of his comrades in Burma when he had to have his appendix removed. His Suffolk Regiment was captured and many did not survive the prisoner of war camps.
After spending much of the war in London, working for the MOD as a courier and often taking messages to the King, he wed the love of his life in Ipswich, in May 1945.
He and Deirdre were together for more than 60 years, with their children David, and Ann, known as Chippy, completing their happiness.
David died three years ago, but Mr Whiteman is survived by his wife, two grandchildren and daughter, who said: "He was very English, a proud Englishman."
Mr Whiteman, who was in the Scout movement all his life, built up the 1st Harefield troop, eventually overseeing three Cub packs and two Scout troops as well as the senior groups.
At the funeral, former Scout Vic Brophy, who left Harefield more than 38 years ago, described Mr Whiteman's leadership as 'guiding many of us into adulthood'.
He said: "We are indebted to him for the way he encouraged us and the time he gave us. I am proud to have known him."
Former Mayor of Hillingdon, Don Mitchell, of White Heath Farm, Hill End Road, said: "Pat was a real organiser and leader and did so much for the church; his faith carried him through many ups and downs.
"He served his country and his God and he was very active in Harefield until very recently. For me he has left a gap which will not be filled."
Mr Whiteman was president of the Conservative Association in Harefield, Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for the village, served on the conservation panel and was also a volunteer at the police station.