Tombstone on the move?

November 15, 2008

Montreal (Chattahbox) — Officials at a cemetery in Montreal are mystified over a tombstone that was shifted a mile away from its original place. The 95-year tombstone was removed, dumped and also replaced. David Robertson and his wife discovered the old headstone while walking on the east side of the city’s landmark Mount Royal. It commemorates Patrick MacDonald who died in 1891 and his wife Ann Murphy who died in 1913.

Robertson notified the Roman Catholic Notre Dame des Neiges cemetery located on the west side of the mountain. Further investigations revealed that the new headstone has been replaced with a new and much larger monument. According to the cemetery spokesperson, the cemetery rules were breached. “Someone ordered a new monument and did not ask us for a permit to take the old one down. You are only allowed to put up one monument on each plot,” she said.

Robertson commented in the local newspaper that he would like to know how the old headstone ended up in the place where he found it. He is sure that the headstone cannot be carried but it can only be transported and dumped.


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