If you’ve got some free time then you need to get down to the funeral of this RAF veteran who sadly passed away last week.
A resident of Broughton House care home for veterans in Salford, Oswald ‘Ossie’ Dixon died peacefully at the home on Wednesday September 25th.
Aged 100 Ossie was the oldest resident of the establishment, and he made Manchester his home after his service for our country in World War Two, the MEN reports.
Originally from Jamaica, he has no known family, and as such the public are being asked to attend his funeral to pay their respects and give him one final salute.
Ossie joined the RAF in Kingston, Jamaica in November 1944, becoming a flight mechanic and serving in Britain before the end of the war. When the conflict was over he became a leading aircraftman, teaching new recruits right up until his retirement.
According to Broughton House he was well known for his wicked sense of humour, although he suffered from dementia later in life.
On his 100th birthday Ossie received greetings from the Queen, the Government and Jamaican High Commissioner, and the day was celebrated with a massive party at the home.
Although he was blind, he reportedly wouldn’t sleep without a torch in his hand, and this torch will be laid to rest with him at the funeral home before the service.
Ossie’s funeral will take place at the Agecroft Cemetery and Crematorium in Salford on Wednesday, October 9th, with the service starting at 2.20pm.
It’s been arranged by Co-op Funeralcare and they are now appealing for you to head down and pay your respects - for further info give Co-op Funeralcare a call on 0161 736 1487.
Let’s give Ossie the send off he deserves!