Tom Moore, a 100-year-old British national hero who raised millions of pounds for the National Health Service during the epidemic, was dispatched with military honors at his funeral on Saturday.
Soldiers in Bedford, England, carried Mr. Moore’s coffin and gave a firing gun salute to the decorated World War II veteran, known and fondly known as “Captain Tom”. The ceremony was also marked by a flyover of Royal Air Force aircraft from World War II.
Mr. Moore becomes A national sensation Last year when he picked up his walker for charity and laps around his brick garden courtyard at Marston Moratine, an village about an hour from London.
His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, publicized her moves and helped her in an online fund-raising campaign with the original goal of raising £ 1,000 for the National Health Service, which stretched to the breaking point by the epidemic.
Mr Moore eventually performed 100 laps, raised £ 32.8 million or $ 45 million and skyrocketed the status of the beloved celebrity. He died in February after being treated for pneumonia, and then tested positive for coronavirus.
Ms. Ingram-Moore said during a service to the family on Saturday, “We had come so close together as a family before, but we were also so close together that the world was filled with your hope, positivity and a sense of resilience Was thrilled. ” Member but Broadcast online. “He too saw your faith in kindness and the fundamental goodness of the human soul.”
With his playful charm, mischievous smile and dapper dress, Mr. Moore became the star of international media. He recorded a chart-topping song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” with singer Michael Ball. And he caught the attention of Queen Elizabeth II, who made a rare public appearance during the epidemic Knight him at Windsor Castle.
when he died, Paid tribute to From pop stars and everyday citizens alike.
Mr. Moore said that Interview with the New York Times in May He saw fund raising as a way to support health workers, such as he remembered the nation supporting him and his fellow soldiers during the war.
“At that time, people my age, we were fighting on the front line and the general public was standing behind us,” he said. “In this instance, doctors and nurses and all medical people, they are the front line. It is up to my generation to support them, as we were supported.”
He spent the last few months of his life writing a book that included instructions for his funeral, The BBC reported. In a segment released by the family, Mr. Moore requested that the service include Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way”. Did it.
He said, “I’ve always worked my way up.”