Tributes paid by family to Captain Sir Tom Moore at funeral service

Ruben Fields
February 28, 2021

Sir Tom captured the hearts of the nation with his fundraising efforts during the first coronavirus lockdown when he walked 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday, raising more than £32 million for the NHS. You said it is just a number and right to the end you ignored the number.

Speaking during the service Sir Tom's daughter Lucy Teixeira said: "Daddy, you would always tell us best foot forward".

Ms Teixeira added: "Daddy, I am so proud of you, what you achieved your whole life and especially in the a year ago". You may be gone, but your message and spirit lives on.

He raised almost £33 million for healthcare charities by completing 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday in April previous year.

His original hope was to raise just £1,000, but after capturing the nation's heart, he went on to surpass £30 million.

She added: "Daddy I am so proud of you". "They, too, saw your belief in kindness and the fundamental goodness of the human spirit".

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.

A version of the song Smile, recorded for the funeral by Canadian singer Michael Bublé, was played, as well as My Way by Frank Sinatra, as requested by Moore.

After the military honours, which included a flypast from a World War Two-era plane, his family followed the coffin into the crematorium for the private service.

The Order of Service for the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore
The Order of Service for the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore

He died at Bedford Hospital on February 2 after 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 flawless Veteran".

A bugler will sound The Last Post when the service concludes, and St Mary's Church in Marston Moretaine, Captain Sir Tom's home village, will lead others across the country in ringing their bells 100 times.

"As per the family's wishes, the public are reminded to continue to support the NHS by staying at home".

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

Captain Sir Tom's two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law made up the mourners.

He was knighted in July following his heroic fundraising efforts.

Captain Sir Tom was originally from Keighley near Bradford, and his family said that once Covid-19 restrictions allow, his ashes will be interred in Yorkshire, where he will rest with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.

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