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Guard of honour at Darwen war veteran's funeral
THE funeral of a Korean War veteran and freeman of Darwen will be marked with a guard of honour from the Royal British Legion tomorrow.
Jack Fisher, 82, who spent two years fighting against the Communists in the war-torn country, had suffered with Alzheimer’s and low blood platelet levels for a number of years, which had severely damaged his immune system.
The father-of-three died on September 5 and his funeral was due to be held at Pleasington Crematorium this afternoon.
When war broke out in Korea in 1950, Mr Fisher joined the Army and, after a six-week boat journey, he arrived at the warzone.
Aged just 21 at the time, Mr Fisher, who lived for four decades in Hyndburn Drive, Darwen, worked as a driver and was put through his public service vehicle licence.
Son Paul, 46, said: “He didn’t really talk about the war. I think it broke his heart quite a bit as he lost a lot of friends.
“Sadly, we haven’t been able to find any of his medals from the time.
“But he was given the Freedom of Darwen by the town council earlier this year.”
Mr Fisher’s wife left him when Paul was young and he was forced to bring up his three sons alone.
For the past three years, he had lived with Paul after his health deteriorated.
Mr Fisher was born in Blackburn in 1931 and went to St Stephen’s School and served his time as a painted and decorator.
After the war, he went back to being a painter and decorator, later becoming a bus driver and then working for British Rail.
He was a regular at The Anchor pub in Darwen and, until recently, a season ticket holder at Blackburn Rovers.
Paul said: “Dad was a very proud man. Proud but stubborn.
“He was very well known in the area and was the first to use the grain effect on doors.
“You still see doors he did today on people’s houses.
“He was a really hard worker. He put his life on hold when mum left to raise us and worked every hour God sent to put food on the table.”
He leaves three sons, Stephen, Michael and Paul, a brother and sister, Bill and Alice, seven grandchildren and a great-grandaughter.
The funeral will leave Paul’s home in Anchor Avenue, pause outside the Anchor pub and Hyndburn Drive, before heading to the crematorium.
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