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(WIVB) When a group of friends decided to lay their friend to rest in a special way, a South Buffalo floral shop came to the rescue.
“He the funniest guy I ever met in my life. He was the most loyal friend anybody could ask for,” said Tom Hardiman, a friend of Joe Mitchell.
So Hardiman says his friends called South End Floral in South Buffalo and requested two floral arrangements. Owner Bob Rogan says his team made them in a matter of hours.
“Buffalo Bills emblem made out of flowers along with an electric guitar made out of flowers,” said Rogan.
The arrangements needed to be delivered in time for Mitchell’s memorial. Problem is the service isn in Buffalo.
“Wanted it sent to West Virginia. The fragility of the arrangement wouldn have been a good thing to ship that way,” said Rogan.
Rogan says his delivery driver was touched by Mitchell’s story and didn hesitate to offer to drive the flowers all the way to West Virginia.
“The irony is this fellow has never set foot in Buffalo,” said Rogan.
Rogan driver delivered the arrangements last week just in time for the memorial service. It’s something Hardiman says he never expected, but he grateful to be able to lay his friend to rest in a way only he would wanted.
“They really went out of their way,” said Hardiman.
the sentiment was, to a friend that can never be replaced that really kind of touched me, we should all be so lucky to have friends like that,” said Rogan.
Mitchell was a big time Jim Kelly fan, so Burkey Sportswear in South Buffalo sent a Jim Kelly jersey. Mitchell leaves behind a 15 year old daughter. His friends set up a college fund for her. You can find a link here. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.