Widow of Only Fools and Horses' John Challis reveals his new headstone

Widow of Only Fools and Horses legend John Challis reveals his new headstone is engraved with his famous saying ‘I Am Here’

The widow of Only Fools and Horses legend John Challis has revealed his new headstone on Wednesday following his death from cancer in September 2021. 

John who died aged 79 became a household name for playing cigar-smoking second hand car dealer Terrance Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce in the hit BBC comedy. 

And now, in honour to her husband, Carol Challis had his famous saying ‘I Am Here’ inscribed onto the headstone as a tribute.

Tribute: The widow of Only Fools and Horses’ John Challis has revealed his new headstone on Wednesday following his death from cancer in September 2021 (John pictured in 2018)

The phrase refers to the episode where Boycie, Del Boy, Rodney, Trigger and Uncle Albert held a séance in the Nag’s Head.

When the lady conducting the séance told the group a spirit wished to speak to a person called Aubrey, Boycie popped up, and said ‘I Am Here’ revealing his unusual middle name to the group.

Alongside the photo, Carol shared to Twitter: ‘Good news! Tomorrow John will get his headstone and then I can tell you where he is, if you would like to visit.’

Phrase: In honour to her husband, Carol Challis had his famous saying ‘I Am Here’ inscribed onto the headstone as a tribute

On-screen: John who died aged 79, became a household name for playing cigar-smoking second hand car dealer Terrance Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce (pictured in 1991)

Last month, Sir David Jason has revealed his favourite Only Fools And Horses episode and the poignant scene that almost brings him to tears. 

The actor, 82, who was famed for his legendary portrayal of Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in the BBC sitcom, has recalled his treasured memories of the show in his new book The Twelve Dels Of Christmas.

In quotes obtained by The Sun, he recalled ‘the sheer fun’ of 1989’s special, The Jolly Boys’ Outing, and spoke of the late John in ‘a world that’s gone.’

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Iconic: The phrase refers to the episode where Boycie, Del Boy, Rodney, Trigger and Uncle Albert held a séance in the Nag’s Head

Funny: When the lady conducting the séance told the group a spirit wished to speak to a person called Aubrey, Boycie popped up, and said ‘I Am Here’ revealing his middle name

Sweet: Alongside the photo, Carol shared to Twitter: ‘Good news! Tomorrow John will get his headstone and then I can tell you where he is, if you would like to visit’

In the book, David notes: ‘It’s the sequence where Harry Nilsson’s Everybody’s Talkin’ plays as we see the cast on board the coach to Margate, and the day’s high jinks starting to unfold. 

‘The magic of Only Fools is compressed into this single sequence – the gang of friends that the cast had become, and the sheer fun of it all. And so many of those faces no longer with us, of course.’

He continued: ‘Nowadays the glimpse of John Challis reaching across to swipe my hat off is so poignant that I practically have to close my eyes, and the whole thing is a world that’s gone.’ 

Touching: Last month, Sir David Jason has revealed his favourite Only Fools And Horses episode and the poignant scene that almost brings him to tears 

Sir David explained that the scene sums up the relationship between the cast members and exactly what it felt like to work on the show. 

The episode in series six of the sitcom shows the group set off on the annual Jolly Boys Outing to Margate, where Rodney gets arrested, and the coach’s radio – supplied by Del Boy – causes the vehicle to burst into flames. 

The actor described his Only Fools and Horses co-star John Challis as ‘a gentleman in the true sense of the word’ as he led tributes to the actor following his death. 

Memories: In his new book The Twelve Dels Of Christmas he recalled ‘the sheer fun’ of 1989’s special, The Jolly Boys’ Outing, and spoke of the late John in ‘a world that’s gone’

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