Homeless Man's Funeral

Real Estate Agent with Lake and Lodge Realty LLC

I am not one to share funny stories but in the weekend edition of the Pioneer News in Big Rapids, Mi there was a story told to Jack Batdorff by a friend of his that I have to pass on.

The Story is called "The Homeless Man's Funeral" and it goes:

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no friends or family, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the back woods. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had eventually left and the hearse was no where in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt terrible and apologized to one of the men for being so late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down only to see the lid was already in place. I didn'know what else to do so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and gathered around. I played my heart and soul out for this homeless man. As I played Amazing Grace the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car when I heard one of the workers say "I have never seen nothin' like this before and I have been putting septic tanks in for over twenty years". Apparently I am still lost.

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Aug 29, 2011 09:25 AM #1
Bill MacBride
Ski-in/Ski-out, Luxury homes, Second Home Buyers - Mammoth Lakes, CA
Mammoth Lakes Resort Real Estate

HI Randy,

Funny story. Thanks for sharing!!

I attended college in Michigan at Hillsdale College.

Michigan is a wonderful state with lots of lakes and outdoor activities. I really enjoyed my time in school and exploring the state.

Bill MacBride

Aug 29, 2011 09:26 AM #2
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Randy - PRICELESS! Thanks for posting!

Aug 29, 2011 10:06 AM #3
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

cmon Randy,

Did he find the grave site later or not?

Don't leave me hangin' man. LOl

Very good story with a really good ending. I think. LOL

Have a great evening  you the man.

Cklint mckie

Aug 29, 2011 02:55 PM #4
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

So cute and funny - gave me the giggles, which is nice since we have no power or shower....

Aug 29, 2011 03:51 PM #5
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Randy and this is a good one, thanks for the laugh!

VB ;o)

Aug 29, 2011 06:49 PM #6
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Hey Randy, this is just tooo funny!  Glad you decided to post it....

Aug 31, 2011 04:56 AM #7
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Randy.

Thank you for sharing this fun story with us.

Have a nice day.

Sep 04, 2011 02:25 AM #8
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Well, something was going to its final resting place, it just wasn't the homeless man.

Sep 07, 2011 05:58 PM #9
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
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That's cute, I like that one, have a great rest of your weekend!

Sep 11, 2011 09:59 AM #10
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