When people organise funerals for their friends or relatives, some like to include something special during the service to celebrate the person's life. A favourite song might be played, attendees might wear colourful shirts, or a shot of tequila might be poured for everyone at the wake.

James Murphy was devastated when his dad, Brendan passed away two weeks ago from an illness at the age of 53. He posted on Facebook saying: "Brendan Murphy, the man who set me up in my trade, helped me when I needed it, took the piss out of me now and again and was a brilliant Dad, passed away today at 1730 love you Dad."

But the Manchester LAD wanted a fitting tribute for Brendan's funeral and decided to use an unconventional method to transport the coffin to its final resting place: a mechanical excavator known as a JCB.

Digger at Funeral

Credit: James Murphy/Facebook

The 28-year-old has told LADbible: "My dad taught me how to drive diggers since I was a young boy. I would go to work with him on Saturdays and school holidays.

"I followed my dad's footsteps in the trade of his father too. He taught me to drive a JCB like the one in the photo, so I thought I would get that type of machine to carry him to his grave."

He adds that some people attending the funeral were a bit taken aback by the unique hearse: "I told a few family members and they were surprised but they soon came around to the idea and loved it when they saw it stood outside the church."

Since posting a photo of the day on Facebook, he's received hundreds of likes and comments from people amazed at the effort he put in for the funeral.

James says: "Me and my Dad were close. We lived together and worked together then I moved out into my own home but we'd still saw each other regularly.

"He was my idol, he was the person I would ring first if I was in trouble or had good news, he was my dad."

What an awesome send off.

Featured Image Credit: James Murphy/Facebook

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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