Most memorials are tributes to the ones we’ve lost. We each honor our loved ones in different ways, each memorial as unique as the individual it pays tribute to. However, that hasn’t stopped some people from being memorialized in very eccentric and different ways. Here are some of the weirdest ways that people have been memorialized.
#6 – Modern Day Pharaoh
While he hasn’t passed yet, this one starts off our list. Fred Guentert plans on spending eternity like a pharaoh. For the past 27 years, Mr. Guentert has been building an Egyptian-themed coffin at his home near Orlando, FL. A great admirer of Egyptian art, Guentart has been working on this coffin since the mid 1980’s. Hand crafted and painted, the coffin sits at an impressive 7 feet long and is made from cedar. Speaking of an egyptian send off…
#5 – Bruce Reynolds was scattered in the Valley of The Kings
The Great Train Robbery mastermind Bruce Reynolds, had some of his ashes scattered in the Valley of The Kings in Egypt. Reynolds had been responsible for masterminding the 1963 Great Train Robbery which was the robbery of a royal mail train which lead to the robbers getting away with over 2.6 million GBP, which would be the equivalent of 48 million today.
#4 – Posed on His Motorcycle for His Wake
David Colon had told his family that he didn’t want a traditional casket. So, when he passed suddenly in April, the funeral home organized for Mr. Colon’s body to be dressed in biking gear and placed on top of his motorcycle while his family and friends paid their respects during his wake.
#3 – James Doohan is sent into Orbit
As a final send-off to the man who played Scotty on the original Star Trek series, James Doohan was sent into space according to his last wishes. The ashes of Doohan, were put into a capsule and fired off on a rocket out into space by a private company.
#2 – Hunter S. Thompson is fired out of a cannon
The gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson, most famous for his book, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas was shot out of a cannon as part of his last wishes. Talk about going out with a bang.
#1 – Boxer Posed In Makeshift Ring At Wake
In February of 2014 mourners of Christopher Amaro, found him at his wake posed in the corner of a makeshift boxing ring. Amaro’s family wanted to do something that commemorated his love for boxing, so they posed him as such.
However you choose to honor the memory of your loved one, there is no wrong way to. Why some memorials might be more eccentric than others, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t done without love and compassion for the one who has passed.