‘It’s like we lost him all over again’: Devastated widow is shocked to find her late husband’s headstone was removed and placed on the WRONG grave
- Hard-working dad Bradley Garzoli died of a heart attack aged 50 last year
- His wife and seven children visited his grave on the anniversary of his death
- But they were horrified to find Bradley’s headstone missing and on another grave
- Cemetery offered family a $50 voucher which Mrs Garzoli said was an ‘insult’
A grieving widow has been left devastated after her husband’s headstone was removed and placed on another person’s grave.
Bradley Garzoli, from Minchinbury in Sydney’s west, died last year of a heart attack aged 50, leaving behind wife Tracy and their seven children.
On the anniversary of Bradley’s death, the family visited his grave at Pinegrove Cemetery and made the distressing discovery.
Bradley’s grave looked like a mountain of dirt and his headstone had been moved more than two metres away and put on someone else’s grave.
Tracy Garzoli (pictured) has been left heartbroken after discovering her husband’s headstone had been removed and placed on another grave in Sydney’s west
The family were confronted with a mountain of dirt and Mr Garzoli’s headstone had been moved more than two metres away and put on someone else’s grave
The cemetery explained that Mr Garzoli’s headstone had been removed from the original spot due to wet weather, which caused his grave to collapse.
His headstone and the flowers surrounding the plaque had to be removed to stop the rest of the area from sinking.
‘Seeing my husband’s grave like that, it’s just no one should have to go through that,’ Tracy told A Current Affair.
‘First thing that hit my mind was they had buried someone else on top of my husband.
‘It just felt like we lost him all over again.’
When the family complained to the cemetery’s management, they claim to have been told staff were ‘too busy’ to return the headstone to its original spot.
‘After all the money I gave to them to have him buried there, they were too busy,’ Tracy said.
Cemetery staff say they had informed the family about shifting the headstone and ‘ensured work on the sites was completed and the plaque returned the same day as planned’.
The family was offered a $50 flower voucher from the cemetery’s management, which Tracy described as an ‘insult’.
Tracy’s husband, Bradley Garzoli (pictured), died from a heart attack at the age of 50, a year ago
Mr Garzoli has been remembered as a ‘family man’ who ‘worked 24/7 just to provide for everybody’.
A statement from Pinegrove Memorial Park’s website said they were ‘deeply sorry for any distress suffered by the family involved who saw the burial site in the temporary condition shown’.
‘In this instance, we had explained to the family that a burial on an adjacent site meant some soil had encroached onto their plot and this would be fixed the same day.
‘We take great pride in our parks and the presentation of our memorials and gardens, and the work on the site was completed and the plaque returned on schedule and as promised.’