Canal Cortege

A unique final journey

It’s an enormous privilege to be able to carry out someone’s final wish, and our team at Stone Funeralcare have been able to do just that recently when they arranged for a gentleman to take his final journey on his narrow boat.

Funeral Arranger, Paul Evans, who also lives on a narrow boat, enlisted the help of the gentleman’s friends to make his last wish a reality. With the help of a retired boat builder, a platform was constructed on the roof of his boat where his coffin was able to be placed.

On the day of the funeral, Funeral Director Paul Machin led the boat from the canal towpath. They travelled into the town centre through 3 locks and the gentleman’s family and friends were able to follow behind. Then finally his coffin was placed into our hearse and on to the crematorium where his funeral service took place.

Thank you to all the team at Stone Funeralcare for this truly personal tribute.

For further information contact

Sarah Pyatt

Press Officer

Nearby Funeral Director - Stone Funeralcare


01785 813375


33 High Street, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 8AJ


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