Dad plans to sing at his OWN funeral
PUBLISHED: 11:28 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:47 23 August 2010
HE was the guest of honour at his own wake, now a terminally-ill man plans to sing at his own funeral. Ron Gollop, 73, is suffering from cancer of the liver, kidneys and aorta and in 2008 was given just months to live. With this bleak outlook his family
HE was the guest of honour at his own wake, now a terminally-ill man plans to sing at his own funeral.
Ron Gollop, 73, is suffering from cancer of the liver, kidneys and aorta and in 2008 was given just months to live.
With this bleak outlook his family decided to hold his wake early, in June 2008, at Meopham Country Club,
The former publican, from Arnold Avenue, Meopham, has miraculously defied the prognosis, despite coming of chemotherapy more than 18 months ago and has now recorded a CD of cover songs to donate to EllenorLions Hospice in Northfleet.
His daughter Tracey Paterson said: "He wanted to sing at his own funeral.
"At first he was going to pick one of the songs, but we decided to turn them into this CD."
Mr Gollop, who was tenant at The Darnley Arms, Cobham, during the 1980s, is no stranger to defying death, or the traditional practices surrounding it.
He survived a risky operation to his back after suffering paralysis aged just 34 and in 1998 survived from two colon cancer scares.
Mr Gallop joked: "I should have died 12 years ago so when my oncologist gave me his opinion in 2008 I just said it's only cancer.
"I've been alive so long now after the wake I've had people come up to me and ask for their money back."
The CD was recorded in his home with the help of musician Alan Mulley and the family hope to produce it in batches of 100 to give to the hospice he has been at for the past two years.
He added: "Everyone of them is just one take.
"I know what it takes to run that hospice and I have always said if I won the lottery it would all go to them, Demelza House for the children and Great Ormond Street."
The CD's will cost a donation of £5