Only Fools and Horses’ send off for retired decorator

An ‘Only Fools and Horses’ themed funeral took place at Slough Crematorium for a retired painter and decorator from the town.

Edward Frank Joyce, known as Eddie, who died aged 72, was a Del Boy-like character, according to his family.

Pam Wilson, from E Sargeant and Son Funeral Directors in Slough, arranged the funeral after the family saw the idea in the funeral home’s Life Well Remembered book. Pam said: “As soon as the family saw the Only Fools and Horses themed funeral, they said it really summed up their Dad and that is the send-off he would have wanted.”

A replica of the yellow three-wheeler ‘Trotters Independent Traders’ vehicle pulled a yellow hearse driven by two team members from the funeral home dressed as Batman and Robin, the characters Del and Rodney famously portrayed in a Christmas episode of the TV series.

Pam persuaded colleagues, Funeral Director Rob Newman and Funeral Services Operative Stephen Newell, to dress up as Batman and Robin.

Pam adds: “Eddie’s family said he was a real character, just like Del Boy and he loved Only Fools and Horses, so this was a really fitting tribute to him.”