THOSE who knew Gordon Lang say he had a ‘burning antipathy’ towards injustice in the world.
And yesterday friends and family gathered to pay tribute to the 62-year-old’s fierce spirit as he was put to rest at Portchester Crematorium.
Gordon Lang, a Royal Marine veteran who lived in Gosport, died of cancer while in the middle of a battle with the state over benefits.
Mr Lang was in a dispute with the Department of Work and Pensions after being told to work while unwell.
The 62-year-old amputee’s story provoked outrage and drew huge support for his plight when he told The News he had been forced to look for a job despite being terminally ill with lung cancer.
Gordon’s daughter Trudy Brown, 41, said: ‘Dad had a really rubbish three years with his leg and cancer, but today made it just a bit beautiful.
‘It was everything I could have imagined and more for him.’
Royal Marine Bugler Ben Paine, of HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, played the Last Post during the ceremony which was attended by family, friends and former military colleagues.
The funeral procession was escorted into the crematorium by motorcycle outriders from the Royal Marines Association.
‘I was gob-smacked by the attendance – to see the motorcycle outriders, standard bearers and bugler,’ Trudy added.
‘I would like to say thank you to all of those who turned up but even that doesn’t seem enough.’
Gordon was born in Kilwinning, in North Ayrshire and joined the marines in 1969.
He served on tours of Northern Ireland and in the Falklands conflict.
He died on April 13.
Close friend Richard Thomson said: ‘Gordon Lang was one of life’s fighters.
‘He had a burning antipathy towards abuse of power and injustice.
‘He didn’t believe he put his life on the line for his country in Northern Ireland and the Falklands to be treated like a second-class citizen.
‘He was never afraid to take on anyone in authority when he felt they were abusing their position or status.’