An RAF bandsman sounded the ‘Last Post’ at David Boad’s funeral at West Norwood crematorium this morning (Friday).
As News From Crystal Palace has previously reported, David was found dead at his Chestnut Road, West Norwood home after a concerned neighbor contacted police.
His death made headlines in national newspapers after Lambeth council cleared what was the family home for 70 years before the death certificate had even been signed.
A few members of the community attended the service after an open invitation from the family whose members attended along with a flagbearer from the City and Central branch of the Royal Air Force Association.
The Rev Shaun Saunders, minister, Royal British Legion told mourners: “When the council destroyed nearly all of David’s possessions after his death it seemed all information about him and the memories of his life would disappear.
“But today you have gathered to say he won’t be forgotten and that he will be remembered and honoured.”
David’s father Robert had served in the RAF. David served 10 years as a wireless operator and senior aircraft man in Simngapore, Bahrain, Muscat, Kuwait, Aden and Cyprus. His last six months were spent in Digby, Lincolnshire as acting corporal.
“David was a very private man who kept himself to himself, a very kind man who loved his garden and would be in it every other day.”
David’s coffin had entered to Bette Midler’s “Wind beneath my wings”. The service including a reading from psalm 23 and a reading from St John’s gospel: “In my father’s house there are many mansions.”