"Today we did something a little bit different..."
Brentnol McPherson — or Bonny Brent, to most — was a world-renowned drummer, but his Ontario funeral might be as memorable as any one of his concerts.
Brent died in 2021, and the Scarborough-based Covenant Funeral Home Inc. took an unusual step to "keep his legacy going" at his April 23 funeral by propping Brent's body up behind a drum kit (sticks in hands) for mourners to see.
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"Today we did something a little bit different," explained a staff member in a video posted by the funeral home. "As Bonny is a good friend of mine, we wanted to maintain and keep his legacy going."
"So you have the exclusive for our first staged visitation whereby it's personalized and displaying the man he really was," adds the staffer, who claims the display is the first of its kind in Canada.
In more videos posted by the funeral home, mourners can be seen visiting and paying their respects to Brent behind the drum kit before he was moved to a more traditional coffin.