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Its my sad duty once again to let you all know, that after being in hospital since 24th september Doc sadly passed away last night.
His son james has been in touch and he will be advising me of the Funeral arrangements asap.
I will wait a couple of days before phoning his Wife Vera to ask about the standard etc
In the meantime John do you think you will be able to attend, please phone me mate.
So very sorry to hear this news Chris. Though not totally unexpected, it still comes as sad news. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of 'Doc'. I remember having a good natter with him at the 49 reunion a couple of years ago. RIP Duncan.
Such sad news.Our thoughts are with Vera and family.
Prew, you are correct. Doc was 94 Bty but he was a guest at 49 Bty OCA reunion in 2012. Sorry if I caused any confusion.
David no problem........it showed 94 bty on one of the photographs........oh why am I so observant? not always I might add.
You now how to get in touch with me Chris if required.
Spoke to Mac and he will also keep me informed of dates etc so yes John I will phone you if you are needed mate.
Chris in what area did Doc live.
John, Doc lived in Birmingham, Vera has said it would be nice if you could attend. James will txt me asap with dates and times etc and I will post it here.
Chris have you got any info yet as I have to sort work out, Can you ask James if they want the coffin drape (RA Flag) and No1 Hat. If so can you get the undertakers address or phone number.
Sorry John no information as yet, I had a txt yesterday but unfortunately no dates may be a problem at the hospital end. It took 4 days to release my Brothers body because he also passed away on a saturday. I will get in touch asap.
Had a chat with docs son james,Docs funeral wont be until friday 18th december. I will post more info later. John i left you a voicemail.
Chris is there any chance you could pass on James's phone number so that I can see if he want the coffin drape. as if he requires it I need to contact the undertaker
John home monday will email details.
Spoke to James this morning and ask what his mother would like me to do. well its the full works for Duncan. I am booked at the undertakers at 10.30 on the 18th and then I will meet you all at the Crematorium. Thanks for your help Chris.
here are the full details of Docs funeral service.
Friday 18th December - 12:15 at Yardley crematorium, Yardley Road, B25 8NA
Then back to the Stechford Club Victoria Road Stechford B33 8AL for refreshments.
I will be travelling down, Thursday Night and staying in the travel lodge yardley along with Mac.
We have been honoured, by being asked to be Pallbearers.
RIP Doc Mate
Its nearly time to pay my respects to Doc ! nearly 4 weeks have gone since he passed away. Must be terrible this waiting around for the family.
There was 3 42 Gunners at Docs service, there should have been another one !! me.
Unfortunately my Granddaughters 2 kids went down with sickness, so me and the wife took in the little girl to help out for 4 days.
Guess what, at 1am on the thursday morning when I was due to drive to Birmingham to stay the night to attened the service for 12:30 on Friday, I also started with the sickness and didnt stop until 11am Friday morning, I did attempt to get ready to drive down but no chance with the way I was feeling. I stayed in bed for 3 days.
I was very disappointed that I couldnt make it especially as I was honoured to be asked to be a pallbearer.
I am glad to hear that all went well as can be on such a sad day. I wasnt there in body but I was in thoughts.
Chris firstly a massive thank you on behalf of myself and the family, I know you were unable to attend but as mentioned you were there in spirit, the support and help organising means a lot. It was a very sad day but also a good celebration of dad's life. In all over 180 people attended which was amazing. A massive thank you also to the standard bearers & british legion guys that attended I know dad would've been proud as I was. I have read the kind messages on here as have the family, we are touched knowing dad was held in such high regard. His memory will live on in us all as will that of every other person to have served alongside you all. Thank you once again. James
James thanks for the kind words mate. Can you do me a favour around about february time, provide me with your Dads army number and dates and places of service, also a eulogy that you would like placed on the 42 memorial page.