Members of the Royal British Legion have called on people to attend the funeral of John Simpson, a Royal Navy veteran who passed with no family. Mr Simpson passed away in a Seaham care home on December 4 at the age of 82.
Derek Bland from the R.B.L said “We want the word to be sent around. I took a phone call asking if I could help and I said of course. We will have standard bearers and will try and get as many legion members there as we can, as well as other veterans.”
Sheryl Goodfellow, manager of the home, said: “We know very little about him unfortunately. He got back from the war and then moved around and I don’t think he was a very well man. Jack loved Elvis and danced when he could. He lost his mobility, but he loved it when he came on at parties. He could let you know if he wanted something, he could express that, and he had a little twinkle in his eye. He was a lovely man.”
If you, or anyone you know can attend, Monday’s service will be held at the crematorium, off the A177 South Durham Road at 11am.