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Sixty strangers come together for funeral of lonely Redruth man

More than 60 people attended Terence Filer's funeral, despite many of them not knowing him. Credit: ITV News West Country

Dozens of people attended the funeral of a Redruth man who had no family or friends - after a vicar appealed for a congregation.

Terence Filer, 85, died at St Martin’s House Care Home in Camborne, Cornwall, on January 2.

The funeral directors and Cornwall Council attempted to find people who knew him but with no success.

This prompted the vicar to issue an appeal for people to attend his funeral.

Approximately 60 people, many of whom had never met Mr Filer, filled the church.

Terence Filer

Reverend Caspar Bush said: ''When I received the funeral instructions from the director at the bottom of the form, [there] was this very sad little box which said this gentleman has no known family and nothing is known of his life.

“It just struck me as really sad.''

Terry had a learning disability and spent many years in sheltered housing, and some of his carers were among those to attend the funeral.

Jenny Beare heard about Rev. Bush’s appeal on the radio and decided to go - and she ended up giving a reading.

Also there was Helen Filer, who who believes she may be related to Terry by marriage.

''Somebody should be here,” she said.

“I didn't want him to die or be passed on all alone without somebody in support, but as it is, a lot of people are here which is great.''