THE daughter of Captain Sir Tom Moore spoke about how he "relished life" in a moving tribute at the Keighley-born man's funeral service in Bedfordshire.

Captain Tom's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said in her eulogy: “We had the happiness of a stable family life, peppered with the excitement of intrepid camping trips across Europe which gave our young minds a window on the world that you said was our oyster to open.”

She described her father moving in with them after her mother’s death as “the most amazing, multi-generational life journey, thriving on the wealth of knowledge and the knowledge we in turn gave to you”.

Ms Ingram-Moore added: “Your relationship with (your grandchildren) was a constant remember of how lucky we were to have you as a father and of that special bond we have.”

She continued: “We know, because you told everyone who would listen, that you relished this next phase of your life.

“We respected your values, your independence and your space, and you did the same for us, we felt your love and we know you felt our love for you.”

Captain Tom's grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore said: “If there is a lesson I have learned from living with you the last 13 years, it’s the power of positivity and kindness, I truly do not believe I would be the person I am today without your sound guidance.

“Our chats mid-afternoon that were only supposed to last a few minutes quickly turned into hour-long conversations, quickly delving into so many thought-provoking avenues. These are memories I will never forget and ones I am incredibly grateful to have.

“I can’t imagine how many pieces of my sports equipment would have stayed broken without your ever-trusted super glue.

“I suppose the tables turned in the later years when so often it was Georgia or me fixing something on your phone.”

He continued: “Growing up with you every day, the smell of porridge as I came downstairs was almost a sign to know everything was okay.”

Benjie added that his grandfather sneaking leftovers to the dogs “filled the morning with more than a bit of joy”.

In another tribute, Captain Tom's daughter Lucy Teixeira laughed as she recalled how her father talked to her about concrete pipes to help calm her wedding-day jitters.

She also recalled the awful day Sir Tom lost his wife – the same day he had taken his grandson to see the type of tank he had served in during the war at a military museum.

“We often talked about milestones in your life and laughed about the possibility of you reaching your 100th birthday,” she said.

“You said ‘it’s just a number, I don’t feel any different’ and right to the end you ignored the number and kept on going, urging us all to keep on going with the mantra ‘tomorrow will be a good day’.

“You have always influenced me with your strength, your energy, your drive, to get out of bed with a spring in your step and a purpose in mind.

“I know you will be watching us chuckling, saying ‘don’t be too sad as something has to get you in the end’.

“Daddy, I am so proud of you, what you achieved your whole life and especially in the last year, you may be gone, but your message and your spirit lives on.”