Tim Hortons regular in Tecumseh, Ont. honoured with drive-thru funeral procession

Rosemary Dibbley’s funeral procession made an unusual pit stop as it brought her body to the cemetery.

Hearse, mourners go through drive-thru as tribute to Rosemary Dibbley

A hearse drives into a Tim Hortons drive through in Tecumseh, Ont. It was planned as a tribute to a regular customer. (Meg Roberts/CBC)

Rosemary Dibbley's funeral wouldn't have been complete without one final stop for tea at Tim Hortons.

Dibbley died at the age of 56 years last week. After her funeral mass at Good Shepherd Parish in Tecumseh, Ont., her funeral procession took the unusual step of filing through the Tim Hortons drive-thru where she'd been going for her tea every day for years.

Her order was always the same, "One bag in, one bag on the side," with nothing to eat. Sometimes she'd see either her daughter Breanne or Gillian working behind the counter.

"Every time we went somewhere, Rosemary would always ask, 'Did you bring back a tea?' Or she'd say, 'I wouldn't mind a tea when you get back,'" her husband Pat remembered. "We thought, how appropriate, [Rosemary's] last tea before she's gone."

"It was very touching, it meant so much," he said.

Rosemary Dibbley, right, is shown with her husband Pat. (Breanne Dibbley/Provided)

After her mom died, Breanne asked her colleagues to hand out orange pekoe tea bags to the mourners in the procession. They all pitched in to help Wednesday, hand-drawing a heart on the back of each tea bag.

Even though Gillian manages that Tim Hortons, her dad said she had no idea what the employees had planned. He described Gillian as having "tears of joy" and Breanne smiling the whole way through the drive-thru.

As for Rosemary? Pat has no doubt how she would react seeing the tribute.

"I can't even describe what [Rosemary] would have felt about it," he said. "I know she's up there smiling her face off and chuckling and blowing us kisses for it." 

We've posted a video of the procession on the CBC Windsor Facebook page.

Breanne, Gillian and Pat Dibbley (right) were part of a funeral procession that went through a Tim Hortons drive through. It was a tribute to Pat's wife Rosemary, who died July 8, 2016. (Meg Roberts/CBC)

With files from Meg Roberts