More Than 200 People Attended the Funeral of a Former Serviceman Following a Facebook Appeal
More than 200 people attended the funeral of a former serviceman following a Facebook appeal, amid fears he would be buried without mourners.
James McConnell died last month aged 70 and staff at his care home in Southsea, Hampshire, were concerned they would be the only people at his funeral.
But word spread after messages were posted on Facebook about the funeral at Milton Cemetery, Portsmouth.
The Reverend Bob Mason thanked mourners for their kindness.
‘Generosity of spirit’
Royal British Legion standard bearers led a small procession through the cemetery followed by a group of flag-bearing motorcyclists.
The service concluded with two buglers from the Royal Marines Band Service playing the Last Post.
A motorcycle cavalcade turned out for the funeral
Addressing the congregation, Mr Mason said: “The great majority of you who have come here today did not know James McConnell but wanted him to have a dignified farewell.
“I thank you for that kindness and generosity of spirit.”
Danny Marshall, a former Royal Marine, said: “It was mentioned wrongly that he did not have family: the corps family is bigger and better than most people would know about.
“We are all family and always will be.”
Mr McConnell, who was known as Jimmy, arrived at Bluebell Nursing Home in Southsea in December and lived there until his death the following month.
Latest posts by CDFuneralNews (see all)
- Marching Forward, Making Sales at the 2018 ICCFA Wide World of Sales Conference - November 15, 2017
- BEAN TOWN BREAK DOWN | FUNERAL hustle 015 - November 14, 2017
- NFDA Goes Big In Boston - November 14, 2017
You may be interested
4 Products Beating the Funeral Merchandise Quality EpidemicJustin Crowe - November 15, 2017
Since entering the funeral industry, I have felt a taboo around talking about the topic of quality in relation to…
Winter is coming: How forward-thinking funeral homes are preparing for the Internet Generation.Will Chang - November 15, 2017
Four years ago, my cofounder Tyler’s grandmother passed away. Tasked with the responsibility of planning a funeral in his late…
Marching Forward, Making Sales at the 2018 ICCFA Wide World of Sales ConferenceCDFuneralNews - November 15, 2017
STERLING, VA (November 13, 2017) – The International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (ICCFA) has announced its program schedule for…