100-year-old UK fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore honored at funeral


A World War II veteran who has raised millions of pounds for charity by walking around his garden on Friday became the oldest man to top the United Kingdom music charts - just days from his 100th birthday.

Sir Tom's coffin was carried to Bedford Crematorium on Saturday by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment, where a small service will be held with eight members of his immediate family - his two daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, his four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.

His funeral was a more private affair, reflecting his family's wishes and the COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Singer Michael Buble has also recorded a version of the song Smile to be played at the funeral.

"Daddy, you always told us "Best foot forward" and true to your word, that's what you did previous year", Moore's daughter, Lucy Teixeira, said at the service.

Ms Teixeira added: "Daddy, I am so proud of you, what you achieved your whole life and especially in the previous year".

He raised almost 33 million pounds ($57 million) for healthcare charities by completing 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday in April a year ago.

"You always told us to put your best foot forward and that's what you did a year ago", she said.

"We have been so close as a family before this but we were thrust even closer together as the world became enthralled by your spirit of hope, positivity and resilience".

Grandson Benji said "there is a piece of you in everything I do", while granddaughter Georgia read a poem called The Magician, which spoke of how he could achieve anything.

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Captain Sir Tom's performance of You'll Never Walk Alone, a United Kingdom chart-topping charity single he recorded with Michael Ball, was played at the start of the ceremony.

Relatives of Captain Sir Tom Moore have spoken of their "pride" at his funeral.

Moore died on February 2 after being treated for pneumonia and testing positive for COVID-19.

They suggested people pay tribute to him by donating to his foundation or to charities who would plant trees in his name. Others paid their own tributes on social media, including Johnny Mercer, the MP for Plymouth Moor View and former Army officer, who wrote: "The ideal Veteran".

The Arnold family from Hull hung flags in their windows alongside pictures of Sir Tom, while Alfie McAnespie, 13, rang the bell 100 times at a church in Chicksands, Bedfordshire, in honour of the 100-year-old.

His family urged the public to stay at home to "continue to support the NHS".

"The armed forces are immensely proud to contribute to the celebration of his extraordinary life of service".

The fundraiser served with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment during the Second World War.

The serviced closed in a way that Captain Sir Tom would surely have appreciated, with Lieutenant Tim Exton, commander 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, reciting John Maxwell Edmonds' famous epitaph for the fallen: "When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today".