Taxi driver takes his final journey through Westquarter on vintage lorry

Sonny Bennie's funeral procession of vintage lorry, Range Rovers and Land Rovers.
Sonny Bennie's funeral procession of vintage lorry, Range Rovers and Land Rovers.

A well known taxi driver’s last wish was to shun the traditions of a funeral procession and demonstrate his appreciation for all kinds of motor vehicles.

Sonny Bennie lived in the Westquarter area and throughout his life worked as a taxi, lorry and delivery driver.

He died at the age of 73 on Wednesday, October 21 in Strathcarron Hospice and one of his last wishes was to have an extraordinary funeral procession.

A vintage Foden lorry from the 1950’s and a succession of seven Land Rovers were used to take Sonny’s body and his family to Camelon Crematorium for his funeral service on Tuesday, October 27.

Wife Christine Bennie said it was all made possible by funeral director, Thomas Sneddon and Mcalpine Garage in Grangemouth who sourced the unusual lorry.

She said: “He was a true character and truly broke the mould.

“He was always motor orientated and didn’t want to go in a hearse, he made the arrangements himself.

“It’s absolutely amazing and I just feel that Thomas Sneddon has gone above and beyond to help get this man on his final journey, the way he wanted it.”

Sonny worked for Bruce Taxis and was well known in Laurieston and Westquarter.

He also hosted Sonny’s Disco for various community groups in the area.

Sonny battled cancer for two years and was taken into Strathcarron Hospice on Monday, October 12 where he passed away just over a week later.

Sonny leaves behind his wife Christine and five children, Raymond, Paula, Craig, Linzi and Brian, as well as ten grandchildren.