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Standards raised as members pay respects to Torquay RBL chairman

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

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THE Last Post has been sounded for the chairman of Torquay Royal British Legion, whose funeral was held in St Marychurch.

Nine standards were raised by members of the RBL who paid their respects to John Elliott, who died at the age of 75.

Mr Elliott (pictured), who combined his chairmanship of the servicemen's charity with being a teacher and active member of the local church, was described by his wife, Jennifer, as a 'man of many parts'.

His death came as he was preparing to lead the local poppy appeal which others in the charity will take over.

The service, at St Marychurch parish church, was attended by four priests and the eulogy was read by Mr Elliott's close friend Father Haydn Jones, a retired assistant army chaplain general.

Mrs Elliott said of her late husband: "He was a much-loved man of great integrity and great honesty.

"He was a staunch supporter of his church and the Royal British Legion. Everybody loved him."

She said the couple had moved to Torquay from Kent in 2000 and Mr Elliott had continued his career as a teacher helping foreign students learn English.

He had always been a member of the RBL, having completed his National Service as an aerial photographer in the RAF but only joined the Torbay branch about five years ago.

His skills as an organiser and dedication saw him quickly elected to chairman.

Mrs Elliott said he always retained his interest in photography and she would always remember him in his characteristic pose, smoking a pipe.

A poem was read by his 15-year-old granddaughter Elicia Linares.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the house and it was a lovely service," said Mrs Elliott.

The Rev Haydn Jones praised his friend.

He said: "He was a man for others. He spent most of his life teaching young people and had a great concern not just for their intellectual progress but for themselves as people and was always ready in the day or night to counsel them."

Mr Elliott was married to Jennifer in 1966.

He died unexpectedly at his home on October 22. He leaves two children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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