AN EX-Royal Marine whose funeral was held last month was a kind and friendly person, according to one of his former neighbours.
Frederick Charles Fletcher lived at Taylor Court in St Helen’s Road, West Ealing. He was 92 years old when he died.
His former neighbour, Yasmin Moha, 62, said: “I knew him for 13 years. He was a very kind and very friendly person and everyone in the area loved him. He was friendly to everybody. I lived next to him for 10 years and though I moved out of the area about two years ago I promised that I would still go and visit him.
“Even though he was in very poor health over the last couple of years I made a point of going to see him. I’m sad that he died just before we were due to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day on June 6. He would always love to watch history programmes about the war on television.
“He talked a lot about the war. He told me a story about a woman shot in the back who was still holding her baby in her arms, as well as stories about how he would give out chocolates to children in Europe.”
It is understood that Mr Fletcher lived alone as his son had died before him.
After his death, the Royal Marine Association stepped in to make arrangements to give Mr Fletcher a proper send-off.
His funeral was held at Breakspear Crematorium on Friday May 24.
Mrs Moha said: “I was at the funeral and there were so many Royal Marines there, young and old. I was so glad to see them, he definitely got the funeral he deserved.”