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farewell to Canon Roger Devonshire yesterday, who died aged 77 on December 30, 2017.
Born in Luton, he was the padre aboard HMS Hermes during the Falklands War and later became a recognisable face for veterans across the region, when he led a series of armed forces services.
At a funeral marked with song, prayer and holy communion yesterday, his life was celebrated before his cremation today.
The collective’s vice chairman and standard bearer, Iain Shickle, said: ‘On board Hermes we had a small chapel, but Roger held nearly all his services in the junior dining room because it was the only place big enough to take them.
‘There aren’t words to express what he did for us and he really will be sorely missed.’
Reflecting on Canon Devonshire’s impact on the city, armed forces champion at Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Frank Jonas, said: ‘Roger did a great number of services for armed forces veterans here in Portsmouth.