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Hearse Stops At Burger King Drive-Thru To Fulfil Man's Dying Wish

Hearse Stops At Burger King Drive-Thru To Fulfil Man's Dying Wish

Leonard Durkin wanted one final Bacon Double Cheeseburger

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

A great-grandad fulfilled one final sentimental journey when the hearse that was carrying his coffin stopped off at a Burger King restaurant so that he could buy one last Bacon Double Cheeseburger.

Seventy-one-year-old Leonard Durkin passed away as a result of heart failure on 28 May following a lengthy illness.

Prior to his death, he requested to be taken to Burger King because he visited the restaurant regularly with his son Peter after his wife - Peter's mother - died two years ago.

The Bacon Double Cheeseburger was Leonard's order every time, and he confided to his son that once he was gone he'd like to be taken one last time.

So that is exactly what they did.

The hearse goes through the drive-thru.

The hearse drove through the drive-thru of the Burger King on Elland Road, Leeds, and the burger was placed on top of the coffin for Leonard's journey to his final resting place.

Fifty-year-old Peter said: "Dad had a brilliant sense of humour and before he died he said he wanted to do this.

"He'll be having a good laugh about it from up there.

"We would always go and get something to eat after visiting the cemetery where my mum is.

"Every time we went to Burger King he'd get a Bacon Double Cheeseburger XL, so that was the one we got for him on the day of his funeral."

Leonard's hearse at Burger King.

"People on the street and inside the restaurant were nearly snapping their necks to get a look at us.

"They couldn't believe what they were seeing.

"But the lady who served us at the window just acted like it was business as usual, she didn't even raise an eyebrow."

Leonard, who lived in Leeds, is survived by his six children, 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

The Bacon Double Cheeseburger was placed lovingly on the coffin.

The jokes didn't stop there, either. As his coffin passed through at his crematorium service, it did so to the strains of Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire'.

Adrian Benson, the funeral director who arranged the whole thing, said: "I can't say anyone has ever requested to go through a drive-thru on the way to the service before.

"It was a first for me.

"We told the person serving us that the burger was for the man in the back, but I think the joke was a bit lost on them.

"We try to go the extra mile to give people exactly what they want."

Leonard and his son, Peter.

"I made a visit to Burger King a week before to let them know we'd be coming.

"Then the day before I took the hearse there on a trial run to make sure everything was going to go smoothly.

"It went well in the end and everyone was happy."

RIP Leonard, you funny LAD.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: UK News, Funny, Weird