The Patrick family and their friends support help for Heroes in memory of Jack, who passed away aged only 20. Here Jack’s father, Shaun, explains why they chose this way to celebrate his life and keep his memory alive.
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When decorated Navy veteran, Gary Corlette-Junior, passed away suddenly, his family asked for funeral donations to Help for Heroes.
“Help for Heroes was a cause close to Gary’s heart”, explains his fiancé, Fiona. “The charity had become important to him in recent years, so we knew Gary would have wanted to give something back.”
Gary served in the Navy from 1988 to 2006, on ships including HMS Coventry and Cornwall. After being diagnosed with a heart condition and medically discharged, he worked as an electrical contractor until suffering a stroke in 2014. As part of his recovery he started visiting our Plymouth Recovery Centre for physical therapy.
“Those weekly sessions meant a lot to him,” Fiona remembers. “It was partly the therapy but also the company. In his mind, I don’t think he ever really left the Navy; and being with fellow ‘retired war heroes’, as he liked to say, was important to him. Gary was very proud of his military roots and would always wear his Help for Heroes wristband amongst other branded clothing. Since Gary passed away I got myself a puppy and he, Junior, sports a Help for Heroes collar, lead, ID tag, dog bowl and toys.”
Tragically Gary suffered a brain haemorrhage in January this year and passed away the following day, aged only 47.
“We wanted the funeral to be a celebration of Gary’s life and part of his legacy,” says Fiona. “We asked for donations in his memory because flowers wilt and die, and we knew Gary would have wanted to do something more lasting. We chose Help for Heroes because it’s the charity he would have chosen.”
More than 500 people attended the service, with Gary’s friends and former colleagues travelling across the world to pay their respects. Tributes to Gary talk of his irrepressible happiness, caring nature and sense of fun. “In memory of a true gentleman”, said one, while another celebrated his “honesty, humility and integrity”.
Loved and respected by all who knew him, Gary is still bringing out the best in people. Nearly £6,500 has been donated in his memory; enabling us to help other Veterans and their families in times of need.
“Gary would have taken great pride in the amount that’s been donated”, reflects Fiona. “And it means a lot to us to know he has left this legacy to his military family.”
Big or small, every donation makes a difference to our wounded Servicemen and women and their loved ones.