A World War II veteran who rose to fame after raising millions for British healthcare workers during the pandemic told his family he wanted a quiet funeral.

Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100, died last week from complications of the coronavirus after bringing in more than $43 million for Britain’s National Health Service by walking laps in his garden.

With the aid of his walker, the elderly Army hero lifted the country’s spirits during the pandemic with his motto, “Tomorrow will be a good day,” which began to trend on social media. He hoped to raise just over $1,000, but donations poured in.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth last year.

“He’d like a small intimate service with just the family,” said his grandson Tom Teixeira in an interview with the Daily Mail. “‘March in, march out,’ he’d say. Pay your respects, then move on, get on with your lives.’”

Captain Sir Tom Moore
Captain Sir Tom Moore, with from his (from left) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia, at his home in Marston Moretaine.

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