Mourners gather in Barnstaple for the funeral of Roger Mason-Scott after an appeal to give him a proper send-off

Roger Mason-Scott (right) during his days as a fisherman in Ilfracombe.Roger Mason-Scott (right) during his days as a fisherman in Ilfracombe.

A former Ilfracombe Royal Marine was given the send off he deserved at a moving funeral in Barnstaple today (Monday).

The Gazette and social media had reported online how Roger Mason-Scott had died on May 21 aged 70, but friends had been unable to contact any remaining family.

Instead, fellow members of Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir and Royal Marines at RMB Chivenor did all they could to give him a respectable send off and issued an invitation for anyone who wished to attend.

Around 85 people turned out on Monday at North Devon Crematorium to pay their respects as an honour guard of Royal Marines saluted his coffin while it was carried inside.

The appeal for mourners came after L Clarke & Sons Funeral Directors in Braunton contacted Chivenor chaplain Reverend Philip Waites to ask if he would conduct the service and those at RMB Chivenor immediately offered to help.

The North Devon Royal Marines Association also attended.

Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir sang three pieces, as requested by Mr Mason-Scott in his will.

Choir member Leonard Rumson said they had ‘got on like a house on fire’, but Mr Mason-Scott was a very private person who said little about his life.

He was born in Swansea and later attended Brighton Grammar School before joining the marines. It is thought he moved to Ilfracombe in 1975 and he joined the choir some 30 years ago.

He worked on a fishing boat called the Elizabeth and rejoined the choir after a break about seven years ago.

He moved to Ilfracombe to join his mother and is believed to have run the Bastille pub for a time, as well as helping her at Stoneleigh Hotel.