Viral photo: Stranger honors man’s ‘Paw Paw’ during funeral procession

A Michigan family hopes to find the stranger who honored their loved one during a funeral procession. (Credit: Derrick Dooley, Facebook)

(Meredith) – A stranger’s kind gesture during a funeral procession in Michigan is tugging at the heartstrings of thousands.

As a 30-car procession passed through a Kalamazoo neighborhood, a man stood next to his car and bowed his head to honor Phillip “Paw Paw” Dooley, who he’d never met.

Dooley, a Vietnam War veteran, died from cancer just days after Thanksgiving. He was laid to rest on Nov. 30, WWMT reports.

His grandson captured the stranger’s touching tribute on the way to the cemetery.

“To the man that gave respect to my Paw Paw as we passed by on the way to Ft. Custer I want to say thank you,” Garrick Dooley wrote on Facebook. “This lifted up many lowered heads today.”

He continued: “If my Facebook friends and family could share this post to find this man I would love to shake his hand.”

Garrick Dooley said even if he never meets the man, he still “loves seeing the positivity,” according to WWMT.

“My Paw Paw deserves it and he never gave himself enough credit,” he told the station.

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