By Melissa Sheil
REMEMBERING a much loved High Wycombe resident who was considered “everyones mate” has been made a bit easier, as a huge mural was painted in Walliston over the weekend to honour his memory.
John Frecker, known to the community as “Frecka”, was struck in a car park on Chipping Drive in High Wycombe just before midnight on Thursday, April 1.
He died at the scene.
A painting in the 35-year-olds memory was entirely finished by Sunday afternoon, thanks to the efforts of artists Aidan Garnett, Caitlyn Aguss and several of Mr Frecker’s friends.
Mr Garnett had been friends with Mr Frecker since they were teenagers and said he knew he had to do something in his mates honour.
“I just felt compelled to paint something for him, such a big personality requires an equally big memorial piece,” he said.
“I roped in a couple of the old boys to help out because I wanted everyone to be able to do something for it, to have a sense of ownership over it.
“It turned into a lovely cathartic sort of thing for everyone, to catch up and have a few drinks, to reminisce about the old days with Frecka and how well loved he was whilst we painted a tribute to him.”
Tyr Berkana, Mr Frecker’s sister, said her brother was a very popular figure in the High Wycombe community.
“He was always as happy as Larry and that kind of energy is infectious,” she said.
“I’ve never seen this kind of flood of tributes or media attention for someone who wasn’t in a public position.
“He was a wonderful brother and full-time single dad who loved his babies so much.
“The mural is wonderful, it’s a lovely quiet spot where we can come down and remember him.”
The art, which is set behind the Hills Moto and Mowers shop, depicts Mr Frecker with the expression he was known for – sticking his tongue out – and the postcode of High Wycombe – 6057 – where his friends say he was “everybody’s mate”.
High Wycombe 33-year-old Tyrell Keith Taylor faced court on April 3 accused with murder, failure to stop and ensure assistance received after incident occasioning death and a failure to report an incident.
A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for John Frecker’s children.