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  • 27 January 2013, 9:21

Hearse Takes Fast Food Fan For Final Drive-Thru

A man from Pennsylvania who enjoyed a life-long passion for fast food has been given a whopper of a send-off before reaching his final resting place.

The family of David Kime arranged for his hearse - and the funeral procession - to take one last spin through his favourite Burger King drive-thru before reaching the cemetery.

After reaching the drive-thru each mourner picked up a Whopper Jr for the road.

The burger was among Mr Kime's favourites and he got one last Whopper Jr too, the York Daily Record reported. It was placed on top of his flag-draped coffin at the cemetery.

Daughter Linda Phiel said the stop-off was a happy way of honouring her father and the things that brought him joy.

"He lived a wonderful life and on his own terms," she said.

Mr Kime, a World War Two veteran, died on January 20 at the age of 88.

Ms Phiel said her father had done what he wanted and eaten what he wanted since her mother, Grace, died about 25 years ago.

"My mother kind of kept him in check," Ms Phiel told the York Daily Record.

"When she died, for a while, he would eat with us. But he considered us health freaks because we ate things that were green, like broccoli."

For many years, Mr Kime was borderline diabetic and had a pacemaker. Ms Phiel told him a healthy diet would help him live longer.

"He would say, 'I won't live longer, it will just seem like it because I'll be more miserable faster'," she said.

"He was not prejudiced. He would go to any fast food place anyone invited him to."

She said he liked tacos, pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and hot dogs.

Margaret Hess, the manager of the Burger King branch who organised 40 burgers for the funeral procession, said she was pleased to know Mr Kime was a loyal customer until "the very end".

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