YEP Says: Why Leeds must give old soldier a dignified farewell

Stewart Cooney.
Stewart Cooney.
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IT IS INCREDIBLY sad that a man who risked his life for his country faces the prospect of a lonely funeral.

Stewart Cooney served his country during the Second World War and has now died in his 90s.

Sadly, he has no living relatives. His pals have gone, too.

But we hope that Leeds will not let him be forgotten.


It is heartening that there are those who want to ensure that this old soldier’s funeral will be well-attended, and his passing marked with the respect and dignity that he deserves.

This is an act of compassion and thoughtfulness that will rightly be applauded throughout Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond.

There can be no doubt that the call for mourners will be answered, and their presence will be a salute to Mr Cooney, who fought during the Second World War.

Far too many come to the end of their days with few, if any, people to mourn them.

Perhaps the lesson to be drawn from those moved to attend Mr Cooney’s funeral is that more of us should make the effort to befriend the elderly and let them know that we care.

We feel sure that Leeds is a compassionate city and that there plenty of generous and kind-hearted people who will afford Mr Cooney the kind of well-attended and dignified farewell he deserves. Over to you, Leeds