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Only a Fools and Horses fan received the Reliant Robin yellow shipment on the day of the funeral

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Only fools and hearses! Del Boy super fan makes his final trip in the yellow Reliant Robin funeral car with crematorium staff dressed as Batman and Robin

  • Eddie Joyce, 72, of Windsor received a shipment in a yellow Reliant Robin
  • The great-grandfather was laid to rest to celebrate his favorite TV show
  • E Sargeant & Son’s crematorium staff dressed as Batman and Robin

An Only Fools and Horses superfan was laid to rest in a yellow Reliant Robin hearse – while even funeral staff dressed up as Batman and Robin to pay their respects.

When retired painter and decorator Eddie Joyce died of heart failure at the age of 72, his grieving family were determined to give him a ‘comfortable’ send-off that celebrated his personality – and the TV show at hit.

Instead of a traditional affair, guests were invited to wear bright colors to the great-grandfather-of-three’s funeral with floral arrangements spelling out ‘legend’ and featuring a pint of Guinness.

One of Eddie’s daughters, reiki healer Victoria Ridgwell, said she and her four siblings wanted to represent their “joker” father and commemorate his life.

Sole Fools and Horses superfan Eddie Joyce was laid to rest in a yellow Reliant Robin hearse – while even funeral staff dressed up as Batman and Robin for the themed funeral

Victoria, from Windsor, Berkshire, said: “He was a bit of a Del Boy character, he was old school and a bit cheeky.

“He was very talkative, very kind and unique. Few people were like him, he would give you the coins in his pocket if you didn’t have it.

“The funeral totally reflected his character. He loved Only Fools and Horses, we were brought up on that too, we watched him all the time.

“We also chose Only Fools and Horses because we would all be doing Christmas Day costumes – one year my brother Jay and my dad went as Batman and Robin from Only Fools.

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Retired painter and decorator Eddie Joyce died of heart failure at the age of 72. Her grieving family were determined to give her a “comfortable” send-off that celebrated her personality – and the hit TV show.

‘The day, a [staff member] wore my dad’s Batman outfit, then we ordered the Robin outfit for each other.

“It represented my father and what he was, he was always a prankster. It was obviously heartbreaking, but we knew he would love it.

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Not only did Eddie enjoy watching the cult classic, but he also included it in his professional life – with comedy touches included in his work van.

On the front of his van, the names “Del” and “Dave” were plastered above the driver and passenger seat.

Funeral Director Rob Newman wore Eddie's costume while Funeral Service Officer Stephen Newell wore Robin's outfit - as a tribute to the 1996 Christmas special

Funeral Director Rob Newman wore Eddie’s costume while Funeral Service Officer Stephen Newell wore Robin’s outfit – as a tribute to the 1996 Christmas special

On the side, it read “New York, Paris, Slough” alongside Del’s signature slogan “Lovely jubbly!”.

On the back were two photos of inflatable dolls and the slogan “chandelier cleaning specialists” – referring to two famous episodes.

Victoria, 50, said: ‘We wanted dad’s funeral to be different to reflect his personality, we didn’t want everything to be dark and black.

“You could wear whatever you wanted. Lots of people came in colorful clothes and band t-shirts, it was more like a celebration of his life.

Funeral Director Rob Newman wore Eddie's costume while Funeral Service Officer Stephen Newell wore Robin's outfit - as a tribute to the 1996 Christmas special

Funeral Director Rob Newman wore Eddie’s costume while Funeral Service Officer Stephen Newell wore Robin’s outfit – as a tribute to the 1996 Christmas special

Eddie’s funeral, held on July 18, was arranged by E Sargeant & Son and held at Slough Crematorium which hosted the Reliant Robin hearse.

Funeral director Rob Newman wore Eddie’s costume while funeral service officer Stephen Newell wore a Robin outfit – as a tribute to the 1996 Christmas special.

E Sargeant & Son funeral arranger Pam Wilson said: “The family was so wonderful, it was an honor to give them what they wanted for their father.”

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