The music playing is Highland Cathedral by the Fusiliers Association Band and the Pipes and Drums of the Lorne Scots (Canada)

Donald (Don) Tough BEM
Lancashire Fusiliers

2nd Bn Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Died 30th June 2014

Words spoken
Bob White

On behalf of Wendy -I thank you all for coming today.
There is an old saying "You can take the man out of the army but you can't take the army out of the man" and that was so true for Don.
Don joined the Lancashire Fusiliers back in 1963 and on the merger became a member of the 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. In fact he served in the 4th 1st and 2nd Battalions but never the third, yet such is the regimental family, that several of the third are here today.
He saw service in Britain, Hong Kong, Canada, West Germany, Cyprus, Berlin, Kenya and did several tours in Northern Ireland during the troubles. He was awarded the BEM in 1984 for his services in Berlin, carrying out duties well above his rank. But that was Don, a great NCO - No fuss, no glory, just get the job done.
On leaving the army in 1989 he became a civil servant working in MT Flight at RAF Leeming. He was very versatile and soon became a well-respected member of the support team even though his overalls were green and not grey. -- If it moved on land, Don could drive it; from tankers to ambulances, staff cars to buses
But although Don was a dedicated soldier at heart - he still remained the perfect gentleman.
Moira and I met Don when he and Wendy joined the Richmond Branch of the Royal British Legion, they both became a great asset to the branch.
When he was asked to be the Branch Standard Bearer it was like we had given him all his Christmas presents at once. He took it home, polished it and made a special stand for it.
He took the job very seriously and was always immaculately turned out, and with the handlebar moustache making him the epitome of the "Old Soldier". At the Royal British Legion Freedom parade, I and many others felt he put the national standard bearer in the shade.
He travelled all over the North East and even down to Brize Norton at his own expense to carry the standard for parades and funerals.
Many will remember him on the Market Place with his poppy stall during the Remembrance fortnight. Regardless of the weather he never wore a coat. He never said it - but I got the look which said -"The uniform is Blazer and beret" but he did admit to wearing thermals underneath.
He took great pride in whatever he did and for those who have seen the film "The Great Escape", Don was the James Garner character, whatever was needed Don would somehow find it or make it. . The things he came up with to decorate our dinners and our festivals; - Sand bags full of paper, plastic barbed wire and all sorts of military equipment. His garage is a military Aladdin's cave
Don and Wendy became close friends and on my appointment as mayor of Richmond he volunteered to be my driver and chain guard, and volunteered Wendy as mayoress's escort. Driving his highly polished car with the Richmond badge proudly set on the front and sides.
We never missed a function and no one attempted to nick the chain.
Because of his bearing and personality Don was well respected by the other mayors and was welcomed as a guest at many of the functions.
Regrettably my Mayors Ball was the last function Don attended. Looking like a bouncer with the glasses he won.
A military friendship is something only the military can understand; Don and I's friendship was that type of friendship, unspoken respect, loyalty and support.
As the saying goes "We will remember him".

Don on the left and Craig Tinsay
Hong Kong 1968

Don at Lee Rigby's Funeral in Bury