A family has honoured a dedicated pubgoer’s wishes and poured his ashes down the sewer outside one of his favourite pubs.
Before his death at 66, Kevin McGlinchey told his children he wanted his remains poured into a drain so he could ‘travel to all his local drinking spots’ through underground sewers after he was gone.
Cassidy and Owen, 35 and 46, filmed themselves mixing his ashes into a pint of beer and then tipped them into a drain outside the Hollybush pub in Coventry, West Midlands, on what would have been their dad’s birthday.
Cassidy said: ‘Our dad had told us for years and years his wishes would be to go down a pub drain, he used to drop things down there, weird things like his hair.
‘He loved the Hollybush and would take a walk up there every day and he said: “When I die if you put me down the drain I will be able to travel to all my locals through the drains underground.
‘“Every time you walk over a drain you will think of me and there are plenty around so no matter where you are in the world you will still think it.”’
Cassidy said that her dad’s death ‘was a very emotional time’ for the family who struggled to get their ‘heads around’ everything.
But those at the wake seemed cheerful as they joked at Owen to ‘down’ the pint he was mixing his dad’s ashes into.
After they had fulfilled their dad’s ‘mad’ wish Cassidy said: ‘It was an amazing feeling giving my dad exactly what he had wished for when he died, and I would do it all over again.
‘We have been through so much as a family over the years and suffered so much heartache, it’s nice to have a smile knowing my dad is still causing a stir even from his drain.’
Family honors British dad’s final wish: to have ashes mixed with beer and poured down drain at local pub