THE military funeral of a 39-year-old soldier from Scarborough who died suddenly earlier this month will be held in Newby today.
The service for Staff Sergeant Stuart Jones, who served with 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (AAC) and was based at Wattisham Airfield near Ipswich, will be at St Mark’s Church in Coldyhill Lane.
The former Raincliffe School student was a keen sportsman.
He had been with the military for 22 years and was preparing to leave the service for civilian life.
He was the son of Ken and Susan, and a brother to Rob and Chris.
Among the tributes paid to Staff Sgt Jones was a statement from his family which read: “We are so sad and shocked to lose such a loving son and brother who was looking forward to leaving the Army after 22 years of loyal military service.
“Stu loved his sport; he enjoyed playing ice hockey and skiing with his unit and was an avid supporter of the England Rugby team. He was our technology whiz kid, having all the latest up-to-date gadgets. We miss him so much and he will always be in our hearts.”
He died from unknown causes on Sunday May 15, at his Ipswich home.
As well as family and friends, colleagues from the Armed Forces are expected to attend today’s funeral service – including members of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).
Following the funeral service at St Mark’s Church there will be an interment in Woodlands Cemetery. His family have requested no floral tributes and donations in his memory can be made at the funeral service for The British Legion and the Army Benevolent Fund.