Gordon Deacon was a huge Star Wars fan. Appropriately, he had a Star Wars-themed funeral in Cardiff, Wales, after his death at the age of 58.
On an overcast day, an honor guard of Imperial Storm Troopers led the funeral procession as his casket was brought by horse-drawn carriage to the church. A vicar chanted traditional prayers as his body was carried into the church.
Mr. Deacon’s widow, Marilyn, 54, said: “He was mad on Star Wars. We went to see the first film in 1977 and ever since then he was fixated with it.”
He had collected Star Wars memorabilia of all kinds: light sabers, figurines, cookie jars, and even had a signed photograph of bounty hunter Boba Fett. Guests were asked to wear Star Wars costumes, except not Darth Vader’s. He wanted people to avoid wearing black.
The video story on The Telegraph news site doesn’t take us within to see the rest of the funeral. I can only hope it was as inspired as the Star Trek funeral in the film, Undertaking Betty, which was also set in Wales.
Deacon, who lived in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, died due to pancreatic and liver cancer. May the Force be with him forever.