200 strangers attend funeral after Facebook plea

200 strangers attend funeral after Facebook plea

San Francisco : CA : USA | Feb 22, 2013 at 2:13 AM PST
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More than 200 strangers braved the cold Thursday in the UK to attend the funeral of a pensioner, answering the call of a pastor who had posted a message on Facebook that the old man did not leave this world "no one to cry."

James McConnell, a former Royal Navy died recently at the age of 70 in a nursing home in Hampshire, a county in the southwest of England, had no family.

Staff establishment feared that there is nobody else at his funeral, the Rev. Bob Mason also responsible for the ceremony, he launched an SOS on Facebook: "It is sad that someone has to leave this world no one is there to cry. I'm sure you will agree with me that he deserves better than this farewell, "he wrote. He also contacted the Royal Marines Association.

Over two hundred people attended and made a last tribute to the old man in a cemetery in Portsmouth (south), despite the freezing temperatures. Standard-bearers of the British Legion, followed by bikers, Union Jack in the wind, formed a small procession in honor of the deceased in the cemetery. And two buglers of the Royal Marines played the tone for the dead.

"The vast majority of those who are here today did not know James McConnell, but he wanted to say goodbye worthy," said the pastor, thanking the audience with his presence and his "generosity".

rsa76 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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