Guyana-born Toronto musician “Bonny Brent”, sits behind drum kit at his own funeral

BlogTO – 03 May 2021

Today in going out with a bang, we have Toronto’s own Brentnol “Cabbage” McPherson — aka Bonny Brent — a world-renowned Guyanese-Canadian musician who recently “performed” for the last time ever… at his own funeral.

Friends and family gathered at Covenant Funeral Home in Scarborough, Toronto on Saturday, April 24, to send off the lifelong drummer, who passed away at the age of 73 following a battle with cancer.

What was less traditional — and incredibly memorable — was the visitation that took place ahead of the funeral, during which McPherson’s body was presented in a seated position behind a set of drums bearing the words “Bonny Brent, 1952 – 2021.”         

 Wearing a bright yellow and surrounded by flowers, McPherson held his drumsticks one last time during the visitation, bringing joy into hearts of his family and friends.

The funeral service, which was livestreamed, was traditional in many ways (save for COVID safety measures), featuring religious rites, readings, speeches and musical tributes.

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  • Brother Man  On 05/06/2021 at 9:02 am

    “who passed away at the age of 73 “

    Very interesting math. The Guyana drummer was born in 1952 and passed away at the age of 73. There is a mixup here. He must have been a magician.

    Brother Man

    • Dennis Albert  On 05/07/2021 at 11:24 am

      Brother Man,
      When most Guyanese migrate to the ABCEU countries they end up getting way older than their age.

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