VIDEO: Final Farewell for the Mummer Joseph “Pop” Bryson

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It was a Mummers and New Orleans style funeral for Joseph “Pop” Bryson, who passed away at the age of 81. More than a thousand people spent the last two days saying goodbye to “Pop” Bryson, the patriarch of the Bryson New Year’s Brigade. Pop and his wife founded the brigade in 1977.

“This is the way he wanted to go out in Mummers style. That’s what he was. He was always a mummer. He did as he wishes.”  Said Michael Bryson, Pop’s son.

The procession began at the Edward O’Malley athletic association where Pop spent many hours coaching kids. The march ended at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in South Philadelphia lead by a horse drawn carriage and two brass bands . Pop “Gootch” Bryson leaves behind seven children, 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.


By: David Grzybowski / PHL17




  • Kim Howlett

    What a beautiful farewell..Too be loved by so many guarantees u a front row seat in in peace Uncle Joey. Always on our mind, forever in our hearts. ..♥.

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