Police officers formed a guard of honour at the funeral of the late special officer and inspector, Mick Robinson MBE, when it took place last week.
Officers from Haverhill, where Mick was based during his 41 years as a special, lined up to form the guard at West Suffolk Crematorium in Risby, the venue for the funeral on Wednesday, August 14.
Mick, who lived in Kedington, gave not just 41 years of his life to the Special Constabulary but also gave ten years as a clerk and desk officer at Haverhill Police Station leading up to his retirement in 2009.
Micks’ cousin David Rowlinson, who read a eulogy at the service, said of the funeral: “It all went off very well. It was a fitting tribute I guess.
“When I said in my speech that he was a ‘very special special’ and I said ‘he would have been humbled by the presence of you all, or the number of you all who have taken the trouble to show your respects’ I meant it.
“I think he would have been humbled.”
PC Mike Potter, a member of Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team who worked with Mick for a number of years before his retirement, was a guest at the service, as was Suffolk’s Chief Constable Douglas Paxton.
He said: “It was well turned out.
“There were officers from here and all over the county that would have served with Mick.
“It was nice to be able to get the opportunity to show my respects to Mick.”
Mick, whose dedication to the Special Constabulary and to working for the community, led to him receiving the MBE in 2004, died from cancer on July 29 at the age of 59, leaving his widow Barbara, son David and grandson Ben.