The much-loved Freeman of Chesham, Rod Culverhouse, has passed away.

Rod sadly died following a heart attack on April 11.

Chesham Town Council posted the saddening news to their Facebook page where tributes flooded in for the 'lovely' man.

Rod was a huge part of the High Street community, as proprietor of FastBreak Sports, but he was also known to many through his previous career as PE teacher at Cestreham School.

One of his main focuses was ensuring that the high street was attractive, an interest that the council said never waned, and he kept up for decades.

He also helped develop the Chesham Chamber of Trade and Commerce whilst frequently being supportive of numerous projects, community causes and charities in the town.

The Council said: "Councillors and officers will miss this charming man, who always had a ready smile and the offer of a cup of coffee and a cake when you met him in the High Street.

"He made a massive contribution to Chesham over the decades, but most of all he'll be remembered for his kindness and generosity."


Mr Culverhouse initiated Christmas late night shopping in 1991, which grew into the councils annual 'Christmas in Chesham' celebration which is the busiest night of the year in town.

Chesham residents were deeply saddened by the news and commented their condolences on the post.

One user said: "Amazing man was a great P.E teacher and a fantastic person with a great heart.

"A sad loss to Chesham may he rest in peace."

Another added: "A life well lived and shared with others. GREAT MAN.

"Our thoughts are with his family. Be proud of your husband, dad, grandpa.

"Someone to look up to."