CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore’s final thoughts penned before his tragic passing have been revealed.
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s final thoughts on life and his funeral have been revealedCredit: PA:Press Association
The condition had prevented the well-known grandfather from having the Covid vaccine, and he sadly passed away on February 2, 2021.
Yet some of his numerous fans will take heart from a new book, Captain Tom’s Life Lessons, written before his death, featuring his final thoughts.
The extract from the tome, due for release on April 2, talks about his evening routine, new knees and what he comically calls his “question mark” posture.
The British Army veteran, who secured the hearts of the nation with his whopping £32,796,355 raised for NHS charities, spoke in depth about his evening routine and final stages of lifeCredit: PA:Press Association
The excerpt is taken from Captain Tom’s Life Lessons, set for release on April 2Credit: Rex Features
Captain Tom, who served and fought in the Arakan in western Burma as well as Sumatra following the dropping of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, wrote: “Every night when I go to bed, I perform all my morning tasks in reverse order before saying a little prayer and sliding under the duvet.
“Closing my eyes, I assess how my body feels after a day of activity, holding my head in my hands and allowing my gnarled fingers to follow the contours of my skull.
“The thought occurs to me that this lump of bone is 100 years old.
“If it was a vase or a bowl, it might even be valuable.”
Captain Sir Tom sadly passed away in FebruaryCredit: PA:Press Association
He continued: “Being this old probably explains why my hearing has diminished over the years. After all, I am listening through century-old ears. Without my aids, I’m plunged into a world of silence much like my father’s.
“I’ve had two new knees to stop them complaining, but I lost my teeth a long time ago, probably due to my childhood habit of crunching sugar lumps.
“Having always been five feet ten inches, I have shrunk quite a bit in recent years, curled over as I am like a human question mark.
“This has changed my shape so that I now need to tighten my belt to stop my trousers falling down.”
In his book he talked about his ‘question mark’ shaped postureCredit: PA:Press Association
The excerpt continued: “Two things I haven’t lost yet are my sight and my marbles.
“I’ve worn glasses for many a year and can still see perfectly well through them, which is a blessing – although when I look in the mirror these days I barely recognise the face staring back at me.
“As for my mind, well it gets a bit forgetful sometimes, but people assure me that I’m still sharp for my age.
“Being so dreadfully old, I expected some physical limitations along with the normal deterioration of my bodywork, but I didn’t bank on being quite so tired.
He joked the two things he hadn’t lost were his ‘sight’ and his ‘marbles’Credit: PA:Press Association
“This is something the younger generation doesn’t always allow for.
“I am constantly surprised by how even the slightest exertion requires a nap or three to compensate.
“There is nevertheless something almost reassuring about accepting the decline that I cannot prevent. A kind of calmness overcomes you when you realise that the end might come at any time.
“Death becomes somehow easier to think about and not something to be afraid of. It’s not that I’m giving up; it’s more a case of throttling back and quietly cruising along towards the inevitable.
In his tome, the legend stated there is a ‘kind of calmness overcomes you when you realise that the end might come’Credit: PA:Press Association
“None of us know when our time will come, but knowing that it will likely be sooner rather than later does make every day precious.
“People say we should live each day as if it’s our last, but we can’t be happy all the time. That would be bad for us.
“Life isn’t perfect and we have to feel sorrow sometimes to know what happiness is.
“But we can at least choose to find some joy in each and every day. My advice would be not to assume that you’ll live as long as me and don’t put off anything important.
Captain Sir Tom urged people to ‘find some joy in each and every day’Credit: PA:Press Association
“People often ask me what the secret to old age is, but I really don’t have one other than to keep breathing.
“I’ve never paid much attention to health advice and have eaten whatever I liked. The good news is that when you get to my age everyone treats you with kindness and respect.
“You can’t put a foot wrong because no one dares argue with you.
“I am also often asked if I have a “bucket list” and although there are a few places I have said I might hope to visit, I’ve done almost all that I want to do and, in any event, I’m afraid to mention anything.
He revealed his only secret to a long and happy life was to ‘keep breathing’Credit: Reuters
“On one TV appearance I said it would be fun to travel across America on Route 66 – riding my motorbike.
“I’m not sure I’m up to all that time on a motorbike now, so I joked that I’d settle for a Bentley. But I should be careful what I wish for because the next thing I knew, someone offered to provide me with a luxury car!
“I must admit that I do miss gadding about, but I doubt I’ll have time to do much more. This old chassis has had a good run and is soon headed for the scrapheap. Not that there will be much to salvage, mind.
“I only pray that I don’t linger on or go into a home. That would be a final mercy. Once that happens, I want everyone to say, “Well done, Tom!” and hopefully reflect that I’ve done a bit of good. Life will go on.
His thoughts addressed the interest in his life and his new-found fameCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images
“Babies will be born. People will eventually forget about Captain Tom.
“For a while, though, I’ll be remembered for the last few years of my life rather than those that went before, a rare blessing in a world that tends to celebrate youthful endeavour.
“Previously, my funeral would have made one line in the local paper and been attended by only a handful, but I expect there’ll be a few more now.
“Someone will have to make extra cake and sandwiches, and it won’t be me. I want the service to end with My Way because I always did things my way and especially like the line about having too few regrets to mention.
Sir Tom said ‘I always did things my way’ – and therefore wanted Frank Sinatra’s My Way played at his funeralCredit: PA:Press Association
“Several people have asked me what my epitaph might be. One of the comedians who always made me laugh the hardest was Spike Milligan.
This always made me laugh, so I think I’d ask for the simple inscription of my name, the dates of my earthly span, and the words: ‘I told you I was old.’
“That’ll do me. And hopefully, some day it will make someone smile.”
Captain Sir Tom passed on Tuesday, February 2, with his family by his bedside in his final hours.
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family have this week released details about his funeralCredit: Rex Features
In a statement, his daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.
“We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.
The family has urged well-wishers to stay at home in adherence with lockdown guidelinesCredit: PA:Press Association
“Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”
Vile trolls had earlier taken to social media to slam Captain Tom and his family for jetting to Barbados in December.
Meanwhile, The Sun exclusively revealed plans for Captain Tom’s funeral, with his family requesting that well-wishes “stay at home” amid the current coronavirus lockdown restrictions.