Son laid to rest after agonising six-month wait for funeral

Funeral cortege for Philip McPhee featuring American cars from the 1950s  August 29th 2012 E35087N
Funeral cortege for Philip McPhee featuring American cars from the 1950s August 29th 2012 E35087N
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THE family of a man who died under suspicious circumstances have finally been allowed to lay their son to rest.

Philip McPhee died in hospital five days after suddenly collapsing in a Hampden Park house back on March 5.

A woman was arrested and is currently still on police bail while officers look into allegations that she supplied drugs to him. She may be charged with manslaughter and her bail is up on September 17.

Philip, who was also known as Pippin, was cremated on Wednesday of last week, with a funeral cortege of classic cars joining a procession to Eastbourne Crematorium. His friends carried the coffin into the chapel where a humanist service took place.

His mother, Vivien Townshend, said, “Philip’s body was only recently released as there had to be three post mortems carried out.

“We have just wanted to put him to rest, it’s been devastating, like a long bad dream.

“His funeral has been about celebrating the good 25 years he had and testament to what a lovely guy he was – he didn’t have a bad bone in his body.”