- Mick McDonald, 50, converted a rusty old VW campervan into a hearse for his friend’s business, Retro Farewell
- He joked that the work would kill him before dying last month
- he was carried from Darlington funeral parlour to Middlesbrough crematorium in hearse on September 28
By Helen Pow
A mechanic appears to have predicted the circumstances surrounding his own death when he died from a heart attack after completing work on converting a VW campervan into a hearse.
Mick McDonald, 50, had joked that the job would ‘be the death of him’ but then he became the first person to use it.
Mr McDonald had carried out the work for his friend Carl Bell’s business, Retro Farewell.
After the fatal cardiac arrest he was driven for his own funeral from John Meynell parlour in Darlington to Acklam crematorium in Middlesbrough.
Rest in peace: Carl Bell, pictured, stands with the VW hearse his friend Mick McDonald built before he died and was driven in it from his funeral