Syd Cringle fought in the Battle of Arnhem, was taken prisoner of war when he was hit by shrapnel, and suffered frost bite in both feet while forced to do hard labour in an ore mine.
These experiences could blight a person, but in an account of his life, he wrote that everyone is born with a gift, ‘I was born lucky. I was lucky in my parents and my family, also to have been born a Manxman. This luck has followed me all my life and has helped me to achieve standards well above my natural ability.’
It is a characteristically modest and upbeat statement by a man whose death earlier this month means he will be very missed by all who knew him.