Loved ones at an Irish funeral for Defense Forces veteran Shay Bradley were surprised—then excited—when they heard the voice of their late friend calling out from his coffin.
“Hello, hello—let me out!,” they heard on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bradley’s funeral in Kilmanagh, Leinster, as his casket was lowered to the ground.
The Irish man with a sense of humor left behind a final prank for his friends and family: He made a recording before his death, and a prerecorded message was played shortly after his coffin was lowered into the ground. Many of the mourners can be seen laughing in the video.
Bradley, 62, was a father, grandfather, and veteran of the Irish Defense Force who died on Oct. 8 in Kilmanagh, Ireland.
A user identifying herself as Bradley’s daughter tweeted, “It was his [dying] wish that we played this at his funeral. What a man … To make us all laugh when we were incredibly sad … He was some man for one man … Love you forever Poppabear #Shayslastlaugh.” And a user identifying herself as his granddaughter tweeted, “My grandad wanted everyone leaving his funeral with a smile on his face and that’s exactly what he got, I’m so proud #shayslastlaugh.” Bradley’s daughter explained that the recording was played through a speaker on the ground next to the gravesite.
Andrea Bradley’s video has been watched more than 1 million times on Facebook. It’s also generated tens of thousands of comments from people sharing their own stories of loved ones who kept the humor alive after they died. After footage of her father’s ceremony went viral, Andrea thanked her Facebook viewers around the world, who expressed joy over his undying sense of humor.
“Myself and my Family are overwhelmed with the Amazing response and comments we have received regarding my dad’s funeral, he truly is a legend and was the most amazing man!” she wrote. “He would be overjoyed to know how many smiles and laughs he has given to everyone. Thank you all.”
Here is a picture of the legend himself. My dad, Shay Bradley. It was his dying wish that we played this at his funeral. What a man…. To make us all laugh when we were incredibly sad….. He was some man for one man…. Love you forever Poppabear #Shayslastlaugh pic.twitter.com/YkG2ecKAaL
— Andrea (@Andrea36496119) October 13, 2019