JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "I'm lovin it" is the well-known slogan for McDonald's, but a local man not only loved the coffee in the morning, he loved staff and the group of friends he made at one location over the years. Buddy Marable loved it so much, he asked his wife to hold his memorial there when he passed away.
If you ever stopped in the McDonald's on Normandy Boulevard in the morning, you may have seen him. For over a decade, he and the other members of the so-called "Breakfast Club" gathered at the McDonald's, sitting at their tables near the door.
"They share stories, some of them go to church together, some of them didn't know each other until McDonald's. They visit here and basically greet every customer that comes through the door," said owner Debbie Moreland.
Buddy told his wife of 41 years, Casey, that when he passed away, he wanted his memorial at that McDonald's
"This is what he wanted and I am so glad that we were able to do this for him," told Casey Marable.
So Casey carried out those wishes and she, their daughter and friends came together to read a bit of scripture, have a cup of coffee and remember a man with a good heart who loved antique cars.
"In any parking lot, his would be the cleanest car in the lot," said fellow Breakfast Club member Jim Everett
Buddy also liked to make people smile, always bringing Christmas gifts to the employees.
"He gave all the ladies and gentleman here a Christmas card with as much as he could in it," said Casey.
With one last raise of the coffee cup to Buddy, the Breakfast Club, his family and staff said goodbye.
In honor of Buddy, the McDonald's on Normandy Blvd also gave out free coffee to customers Wednesday.
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