Rueful moment resolved en route to Cue funeral

Peter SweeneyMidwest Times
Nikki Boyes, left, and David Boyes with Faye Blanchard of Mid West Funerals.
Camera IconNikki Boyes, left, and David Boyes with Faye Blanchard of Mid West Funerals. Credit: Peter Sweeney

Husband and wife David and Nikki Boyes were driving in the Mid West soon after sunrise recently.

They hit two kangaroos — or rather the roos ran into them.

Nothing unusual about that, lots of motorists hit roos — but this story is a little different.

The Boyes run the Geraldton-based Mid West Funerals. They were on the way to a funeral. A coffin with the body of a man was in the hearse.

It was shortly after 6.30am and they were about 40km south of Yalgoo. The funeral was at Cue at 10am.

The Boyes telephoned the man’s next of kin and explained what had happened and advised they could be late, or worse, not even be able to deliver the man to his funeral.

The man’s family wanted the Boyes to press on and soon afterwards some relatives, following the hearse, arrived.

“The fender and light on the left hand side were knocked around but some bush mechanics fixed it so we could drive,” David Boyes said.

“We went into Mount Magnet, where Seivy’s Mechanical, worked on the car and made it a lot better.”

“They wouldn’t accept any payment. We made it to Cue in plenty of time for the funeral at the civic hall and cemetery. And you know what? Only the people we told about the accident recognised the damage to the car. We came home that afternoon and put the hearse in with King Bodyworks. Knowing a hearse couldn’t be out of action for long, they had the vehicle looking better than ever in no time.”

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