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Tributes paid to Finchley character Horace White one year after death
Emotional tributes have been paid to much-loved Finchley character Horace White on the first anniversary of his death.
Born Stanley Alfred White, Horace was well know in North Finchley where he would sit outside shops chatting to passers-by and wishing them the “best of luck”.
The 54-year-old touched the hearts of thousands of people when he died on Monday, September 24 last year.
He collapsed outside the Whittington Hospital and despite doctors’ attempts to save him, was pronounced dead that night.
More than 10,000 people "liked" a Facebook page entitled RIP Horace and in July this year, Barnet Homes dedicated a garden in his memory in the Grange Estate, East Finchley, where he used to live.
To this day, Horace’s sister Selina Higgins, 67, remains “overwhelmed” by the staggering number of people who knew and loved him.
Mrs Higgins, who lives in Edmonton, said: “Horace gave love to people but everyone has given him that love back in buckets full. The love people have shown for him all around Barnet is just so wonderful.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has shown such love – it has really helped me.”
To mark the anniversary of her brother’s death, Mrs Higgins visited the Whittington Hospital, the Grange Estate memorial garden and High Road in North Finchley.
She said: “I sat outside McDonald’s and Sainsbury’s where he used to sit and I could see why he liked it so much – all the hustle and bustle.
“I said a prayer and talked to him – I can’t believe a year has gone by so quickly. Horace was a lovely and great person. And the love people still have for him helps me everyday. I rejoice about that.”
Barnet Borough Council plans to install a bench in North Finchley in Horace’s memory following a motion made by Councillor Arjun Mittra.
Cllr Mittra, ward councilor for East Finchley, said: “Horace was a much loved character on the Grange Estate. He was also known for wishing people the ‘best of luck’ and remembering people’s surnames.
“In the aftermath of him passing a lot of people said they’d like to see some memorial to him. I thought a bench in North Finchley would be a fitting tribute to such a great character.”
The bench will be installed within the next six months.
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