Tributes have been paid to the chairman of Ilkeston Royal British Legion who died suddenly.
Malcolm Jarvis died on his 70th birthday on November 14 leaving his friends and family in shock. His funeral will take place on Monday.
Tributes have been paid to the popular stalwart who had been involved with the legion for more than ten years.
Andie Welsher from Dragonflies on Bath Street, said: “Malcolm was such a lovely gentleman, he always popped in for a chat and had recently tried to help me find a gardener to help a 90-year-old Veteran here in Ilkeston. Malcolm loved life and his family more than anything. I was so saddened to hear the news.”
Jules Middleton said: “R.I.P Mr Jarvis. A true gentleman who gave his time to the British Legion so readily.”
Carol Hart,councillor for West Hallam on Erewash Borough Council, said: “ Ilkeston British Legion use one of my outbuildings and over this last couple of months Malcolm along with others have spent hours sorting and delivering wreathes and collecting tins.
“ I saw him many times and we always had a chat, he was always cheerful and so dedicated to his Legion work.”
Hundreds of people are expected at Maloclm’s funeral which will be held at St Mary’s Church, Market Place, Ilkeston , on Monday November 30 at 12.15.
The Royal British Legion president has requested the County Standards if available and a member of the branch will carry the Ilkeston Standard.
The service in church will be followed by a private family internment in Park Road, Ilkeston Cemetery.
An after service reception will be held at Gladstone Lodge. With the expected large numbers at the funeral it is expected to be very busy.