Granddad taken to his funeral in bucket of a JCB

A digger-driving great-granddad was given a fitting send off when his family transported his coffin to his funeral in the bucket of his favourite JCB.

Geoffrey Durham’s coffin was loaded onto the bright yellow earth mover before being driven to his final resting place.

He died on March 23, aged 74, days after collapsing as he got ready for work and was buried in his hometown of Old Somerby, Lincolnshire, on April 12.

His eldest grandson, Tommy Finney, came up with the idea of using a JCB to transport the coffin to the funeral, as a fitting tribute to his granddad.

Geoffrey, who had been married to his wife Valerie for 52 years, had worked in construction for more than 30 years and had a particular interest in JCBs.

When he started working at Laffran Plant Hire in Barkston, 20 years ago, it was his ‘dream job,’ said daughter Julie Finney.

Geoffrey was also dad to Terry Durham and Jane Welbourne and had six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

One of Geoffrey’s former work colleagues lent his JCB to the family for Geoffrey’s funeral, which was conducted by Michael Moore Funeral Services at St Mary Magdalene church, in Old Somerby.

Julie said: ‘The service was lovely and everything that dad would have wanted. He would have loved his send off with the JCB. It was a fantastic way to remember dad.’