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Deceased Man's Brothers Build Custom Casket

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A Canadian man's brothers have come together to honor him after he died suddenly. 

KATU reports that 46-year-old Scott Nielson learned he had a brain tumor in January. Weeks later, he passed away, leaving three children behind.  

Neilson was a well-known contractor in Vancouver, and visited the local Home Depot nearly every day. So after Nielson's death his three brothers gathered to build a custom casket for his funeral.  And considering that Scott stood 6-feet 5-inches, that was no easy task.  

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"When we have something to focus on, it's almost eliminated the heartbreak, you know until tomorrow," said Keith Nielson, Scott's younger brother. 

"Now, I don't know what's going to happen in the morning. That might be a different story," said Rex Nielson, Scott's older brother.

Scott was well-known at the store of 30 employees, all of whom are carpooling to the funeral to honor him.  

"[Employees at the store have] known Scott for so many years, working with him, that they wanted to be a part of it, and they said the store's yours, anything you want," said Keith.

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The family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the funeral costs:: 

He whole heartedly loved his brothers and sisters and loved his children more than life itself and thought of them endlessly. He loved to joke and have fun and was always making those around him smile and laugh. In the end he missed no opportunities to tell those closest to him that he loved them. Scott was described as "Larger than life"and his hugs gave a whole new meaning to a bear hug. Ultimately he concluded that "life was precious and worth fighting for." Scott died peacefully in his sleep on February 15, 2017 in Orchards, Washington. He was 46 years old. 

"He's just a good big brother; I'm going to really miss him," said Keith.

Sources: KATU, GoFundMe / Photo credit: GoFundMe

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