Felixstowe: Marathon man Stan’s ashes could be scattered at Olympic Stadium

FAMILY of former Olympian Stan Cox are hoping to give him the ultimate honour – and scatter his ashes at the new Olympic Stadium.

An Olympic-themed funeral is being planned for the marathon man for whom athletics was his life.

Mr Cox, 93, will be placed in his coffin wearing his Olympic tie and blazer, on the same day the Olympic Torch comes to Suffolk.

His daughter Delphine Broekstra said: “We are hoping to go down to the Olympic Village to scatter his ashes and we will be contacting officials there to see if this is possible, either before or after the Olympics.

“He had been looking forward to the 2012 Games so much and they had offered him tickets to attend the athletics at the Olympic Stadium if he had been well enough.

“We think scattering his ashes there would be really nice to do and in his way he would have got there as he had hoped to do when he was alive.”

A funeral service for Mr Cox will be held at Seven Hills Crematorium, Nacton, on Thursday, July 5 at 12.45pm.

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Family have requested no flowers but say donations can be made to the local Alzheimer’s Society.

The only flowers will be in the shape of the five Olympics rings symbol, and as the coffin is brought into the chapel, the Chariot’s of Fire music will be played.

The Olympic Anthem will also feature during the service.

The funeral is expected to be attended by many family and friends of Mr Cox, who retired to Felixstowe with his wife Audrey in 1979, having loved the town from when he was stationed at RAF Felixstowe.

Mr Cox, who leaves two daughters, was at one time one of the top two marathon runners in the world and competed in the 1948 London Olympics and the 1952 Helsinki games.