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Mourners say final goodbye to soldier Robert

Solider Robert Kerry

Solider Robert Kerry

Tributes have been paid to a dedicated soldier and family man from Brighouse as he was given a military send off.

Robert Kerry, served in the Duke of Wellington Yorkshire Regiment for 22 years, but died peacefully at Overgate Hospice, Elland, on March 8 after losing his battle with cancer.

He was born in 1955 in Briggate and lived in Brighouse before joining the regiment in 1973.

He eventually worked his way up to the rank of sergeant and served in Northern Ireland, Kenya, and was part of the United Nations peace- keeping mission in Cyprus.

In the last couple of years of his service, he helped with recruitment for the forces in York.

In 1987 he was awarded the long service and good conduct medal. He was also awarded The Wilkinsons Sword of Peace.

The 58-year-old also lived in Shirley Grove, Lightcliffe, and worked for Dews Garage in Brighouse before moving to Rayner Road, Brighouse. He was also a member of the British Legion.

Daughter Sarah said: “He had a passion for western movies but he loved spending time at the caravan in Cleethorpes with the grandchildren.”

In October last year, he renewed his wedding vows after 37 years with wife Julie at St Joseph’s RC Church.

The couple have three children, Sarah, Sally and Stacey.
At his funeral more than 100 people paid their respects.

He was given a military burial with a bugler playing the last post as he was laid to rest at Brighouse cemetery.

His wife Julie said: “We had Regimental and British Legion standards flying at the ceremony, with ex soldiers attending too. The Dukes have been really supportive and helpful. We wanted to give him a fitting send off.”

Donations were made to Overgate Hospice Macmillan Nurses and the Colorectal Nurses.

 

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