I don't know the man personally but if he did not stand up and condemn the wrongs, then he is just the same. So thank you for your contributions and be on your way. You have been rewarded enough for your work. We cannot be held ransom to gratitude our whole life.
I think the old man knows his number is coming and probably shaking his magic ball furiously for something good. He's also probably upset that the same thing will happen when it's his turn; that despite all the propaganda spewed by the states times, it is still not garnering the kind of response expected.
Face it old man, no one is going to cry for you. My bubbly is still in the fridge, waiting to be popped.