From Tony Cude
We are here today to farewell Douglas Alexander and to celebrate his life, But who was Douglas Alexander?
He was a man of many coats - To his family he was a beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather.
To others, he was a friend, work mate or colleague,
And to those of us who served as Marines, he was our Oppo.
A strange word – that! Oppo.
Some of you will never have heard of it, it certainly in not in any dictionary, so what does it mean, this strange word.
An “Oppo” is another Marine - one who shares with you, not just the horrors of war, the water filled slit trench, a frozen bivouac but also the joys of a run ashore, half your tot and your last remaining cigarette, he is the one who watches your back - as you cover his.
Time, distance and the needs of the service can and does separate Oppo's, some to again meet at a later time and in other places, others never to meet again.
But one thing is certain and that is you never, ever, forget an Oppo, and so it is with Douglas Alexander.
For when ever those of us who are left, raise a glass to our departed comrades, standing with that honoured host, will be Dougie Alexander - our “Oppo”.