The Funeral home owner said who was a friend of the musician said “We spoke about doing things differently.” The friend further explained that “This was a conversation we had many years ago.”
So, when McPherson lost his battle with cancer on April 11, at age 68, his family asked Jones to handle the arrangements.
At the visitation on April 23, McPherson was dressed in a yellow track suit and propped up behind a drum kit holding the sticks. “Bonny Brent 1952-2021” was printed on the kick drum.
Jones who is the owner of the funeral home said that the McPherson’s family and friends had no idea their loved one would be displayed this way. “His wife trusted me completely,” she said. “She was pleasantly surprised.”
The funeral home believes this is the first time a Canadian funeral home has staged a body like this, said the process was easy. She said funeral home workers around the world have reached out to learn how it was done.
McPherson played and recorded for decades with artists in his homeland Guyana and Canada.