Church packed out for fitting farewell to city’s oldest D-Day veteran Ernie Spacagna

Respects paid at funeral of oldest D-Day veteran

Ernie Spacagna

A Union Flag on the coffin after the service

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IT was a fitting farewell to one of Southampton’s heroes.

There was standing room only as mourners packed a church to pay their respects to the city’s oldest D-Day veteran.

And there was no better place for a perfect send-off than in St Joseph’s in Bugle Street, where Ernie Spacagna, who died at the age of 99, was christened almost 100 years ago.

Daily Echo:

Pews were filled to capacity as Ernie’s coffin was carried in, bearing his regimental beret and wartime medals that he was never seen without at the annual Remembrance Sunday services.

During the service Ernie’s son, Paul Spacagna, spoke of his memories of his father – including being one of the first people to get a television and his time as a hairdresser to stars including rock ’n’ roll idol Tommy Steele and Saints legends Sir Alf Ramsey and Terry Paine.

Paul told mourners how his father never forgot the names of everyone who fought beside him and lost their lives during the Second World War. He recalled how he and his father visited their graves when they travelled to Normandy together on the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Paul also spoke of how his father had been heartbroken when his wife Kathleen died eight years ago.

He said “Now we will grant him his final wish – to lie in peace with mum.”

A 24-page D-Day supplement is inside today's newspaper. 

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7:26pm Sat 24 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

You done us proud Ernie , R.I.P. and god bless you
You done us proud Ernie , R.I.P. and god bless you SPIKEISLANDTRADER
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8:23pm Sat 24 May 14

derek james says...

had my hair cut when he was in park road, grand old fella
had my hair cut when he was in park road, grand old fella derek james
  • Score: 5

10:54pm Sat 24 May 14

margie933 says...

A wonderful man. It was an honour to have known him.
God Bless you Ernie. R.I.P.
A wonderful man. It was an honour to have known him. God Bless you Ernie. R.I.P. margie933
  • Score: 6

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