Tributes to ‘larger than life’ artist

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TRIBUTES have been paid to ‘larger than life’ artist David Woollacott, whose body was found in the Grand Union Canal at Northchurch on March 13..

The 66-year old who lived in Berkhamsted High Street was well-known in the town as a self-employed artist, sculptor and photographer with a host of other skills including writing, carpentry and stained glass.

In a statement his family said: “He set out to almost achieve the impossible by immersing himself in so many social and musical events, for example choirs, classical nights, carol singing and his passion for the theatre.

“David was larger than life and exuded a great presence. His friends and people who knew him were acutely aware of his compassion, kindness and caring. His overriding love for his family helped him with the fortitude and courage that he showed to everybody.”

Mr Woollacott completed a BA in fine art at Amersham College. He and his wife divorced 10 years ago and he leaves two daughters and a son.

The funeral took place at Amersham Crematorium on Monday (March 28).