Originally Posted by My2Geldings
I listen to the radio while driving the loaded funeral coach to the cemetery during services
Not me but my late Father who was a Pall Bearer until he was in his 80s.
It had snowed, a lot of snow, and the town was cut off. I had a swab Land Rover that had been an army vehicle so was very basic. Three seats in the front, only metal benches in the back and a canvas roof cover. That LR was not the most comfortable but it would go most places - except out of town in 6 feet drifts of snow so I was walking to work to do the horses.
The Isle of Wight is a high retirement area and so there are a lot of funerals. One elderly lady died and Dad, who drove nothing other than Mum up the wall, asked if the Undertaker could use the LR to collect her. I agreed and told him that I would leave it in high 4 wheel drive but before he went up the very steep narrow wouldn't directly off the sea front, to the Chaple of Rest, to stop, put it in low range before attempting the hill.
They collected the deceased lady and put her in a travel coffin. Headed off to the Chaple.. The Undertaker forgot about the low range. The hill was a solid sheet of ice where children had been tobogganing down it.
The LR started to slip so was stopped with a jerk, Dad, sat in the back holding the coffin couldn't maintain a hold. Both he and the coffin slipped out the back. Dad managed to stop himself but the coffin went down the ski run landing on the beach. Dad remarked that it was a good job it wasn't high tide!