Townie funeral etiquette
Oh, don't be offended by the title, I was born a townie and my mom is a born and bred townie but since my formative years were around the bay (and my accent reflects that) I will always be a bayman. Anyway, I am just wondering what is the etiquette for a funeral procession in town. I met a long funeral procession yesterday in Topsail and the person in front of me slowed down so I went to pull over but everyone passed me. Then I started to drive slowly past the funeral but the person behind me stayed so tight behind me, I think he could see what was in my trunk. I have met funeral processions in St. John's too and have always been at a loss what to do. I come from a small community and we pulled off the road when a funeral procession was on the road (either side) as a sign of respect. Easy to do in a place with around 300 people in it. Funerals are not a daily occurrence there. So when I came back into St. John's, I wasn't sure what to do when I met a funeral procession. From the actions of others, I gather we do nothing but I've always felt uncomfortable about it and now is my chance to put it out to you.