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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 03-04-2016 07:29 PM 565 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2016 07:29 PM

A short while ago I let LJs know about our friend Bruce Ashworth passing away.
One of his daughter had called my wife to let us know.

I knew that Bruce had built his own casket.(I probably like some kind of nuclear bomb shelter)
His daughter texted my wife this morning to tell her the following story:

The funeral company came home to pick up the body in the casket but they soon found out the the gasket would not fit in the hearse.
Some 2×4s where either too long or in the way for the casket to fit in the hears.
So they decided to remove the 2×4s which were screws but after removing the screws they found out that they also were glued.
So they could not remove the 2×4s
Probably Bruce was afraid that someone might steal then where he was going.
So Bruce, instead of using a hearse, made his last journey in the bed of a pick up truck.

Knowing Bruce,I am sure that he had a good chuckle all the way to his last resting place.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 07:52 PM

I worked in the funeral business for a while. Ever see a farm tractor and wagon used as a hears? You get a lot of stop and stares from that. We once had to hire a crane to get a 580 lb body out of a third story apartment. People said that we were disrespectful to the body, but there was no way to bring it down the stairway. Couldn’t fit that many poeple in such a small space. Special made casket.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 08:06 PM

”So Bruce, instead of using a hearse, made his last journey in the bed of a pick up truck.”

The guy who lives in the house behind ours died unexpectedly about 10 days ago (massive heart attack). He was an excellent mechanic and ran an auto/truck repair shop in his back yard. He owns something like 35 Mustangs that are kept on some property a few miles from here and he has a few that I can see from my kitchen window (all in various stages of being repaired or restored). One of his sons worked with him in the repair business and will take over the business.

When they held the funeral most everybody in town showed up. His children knew that he was not much of a church goer and they decided to let their Dad have one last ride in one of his beloved pickup trucks. So instead of the hearse (which was left at the funeral home) they put the casket (adorned with a beautiful spray of blue roses) in the back of his Ford F150 Lightning and made their way thru town to the cemetery. It was quite a sight, and everybody felt it was quite fitting for Danny to go to his final resting place in that truck.

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#3 posted 03-05-2016 12:15 AM

Thank you

-- Bert

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#4 posted 03-05-2016 01:25 AM

I think that is exactly the way Bruce would have wanted to be hauled to his final resting place. May he rest in peace.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-05-2016 01:31 AM

I loved that he built the casket when he first posted it. I remember telling my wife about it. May he rest in peace with a smile on his face as he enjoys his work.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 03-05-2016 02:54 AM

I bet he is laughing his butt off about now.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 03-05-2016 04:00 AM

Just exactly how I want mine done.

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#8 posted 03-05-2016 05:08 PM

Nice story may our fellow woodworker/lumberjock rest in peice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 03-06-2016 12:20 AM

You can read Michelle ( his wife and the love of his life) version here.
Probably more accurate than my version.
Michelle also sent me more pictures;

-- Bert

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