Mourn­ers wanted for fu­neral of war hero Harry

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

FRIENDS of a 96-year-old war hero have launched an ap­peal for mourn­ers to at­tend his fu­neral.

Harry Wheeler died at a care home in Mac­cles­field on Mon­day (May 8) but doesn’t have any fam­ily.

He served in the Royal Marines dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and served some time in Italy.

Harry’s only fam­ily, his wife Enid and daugh­ter Su­san, died some years ago.

Now friends of the war vet­eran are ask­ing the com­mu­nity to help say farewell to Harry at his fu­neral on May 18.

A friend said: “Harry was a real char­ac­ter. He had a sparkle in his eyes and a wicked sense of hu­mour. He was also a ter­ri­ble flirt, could be stub­born as a mule, but was very gen­tle and kind-na­tured.

“He adored his wife and daugh­ter, but both of them passed away years ago.

“He has no one to mourn him – not a soul in the world. It would be lovely if peo­ple could sup­port us and give him a great send-off.”

Harry, a mas­ter car­pen­ter, lived in Lacey Green, Wilm­slow, un­til two years ago be­fore mov­ing to a Ash­fields care home on Prest­bury Road, Mac­cles­field.

Pay­ing tribute, Ellen Ne­wall, deputy man­ager, said: “Although Harry was only with us for a few years he made a lot of friends and we will miss him. He loved it here.

“I will al­ways re­mem­ber him as a very com­i­cal and funny man. A few of us will be go­ing to his fu­neral and I hope a few more can make it. He de­serves a nice send-off.”

His fu­neral is tak­ing place at Mac­cles­field Cre­ma­to­rium on Thurs­day May 18, at 10.40am.

Harry Wheeler in later life and as a Royal Marine

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