I know there's loads of tributes in the press about him, but personally I think he was a fantastic ambassador for older people. They tend to get forgotten or sidelined and their opinions & values considered out of date & old fashioned, but he showed that no matter how old you are, you can make a difference to other people by both your actions and your humility and his positive outlook was inspiring. His family must be immensely proud of him, and it's probably because of them that he lived such a long and illustrious life, being under the same roof as his daughter & her family for so long must have made a difference to all of them (but please don't suggest my dad comes to live with us, we would end up killing each other!)
What a lovely post Jax, wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if every child had a Cap'n Tom like grandad to set them an example...amongst all the political shenanigans and public lunacy going on he was an absolute hero, a true gentleman and a very gentle man. The photo of him being knighted by the Queen is so utterly sweet and moving.
What a loss to us - he was such a wonderful chap. I would have loved to have had a grandad (or dad) like him. He did so much and inspired so many. He lived a selfless and full life, and gave till the end. How sad that the cause he was helping, ultimately took him.