Happy ending for Retreat family

2019-11-05 06:00
Three of the sisters of the deceased in the cemetery are from left: Jolyn Hewitson, Hazel Pitts (sitting) and Una Oxche.

Three of the sisters of the deceased in the cemetery are from left: Jolyn Hewitson, Hazel Pitts (sitting) and Una Oxche.

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The 15-month wait for Retreat resident Jolyn Hewitson and her family to have her deceased brother’s name added onto a plaque commemorating his departure is over.

She confirms that a photograph was sent through WhatsApp from Gloria Memorial cemetery bearing the picture of her brother’s name on the plaque.

Conflict ensued following an incident of alleged vandalism early last year at the Gloria Memorial Park in Ottery, where cremation memorial plaques were damaged by vandals.

“My late brother Cedric Isaac Davids’ ashes were kept in a niche at the Gloria Memorial cemetery in Ottery,” Hewitson laments. “About 18 months ago, when we visited the cemetery, we discovered that the plaques were blank.”

According to Hewitson, she and her sisters followed up with the park’s official, confirming that although a plaque has been erected, their brother’s name remained excluded.

“A-year-and-a-half is long to just put a name on,” says Hewitson on her plight for closure on her brother’s behalf.

“It’s no fault of theirs, and I do understand,” Hewitson says, regarding the vandalism. “But it’s a-year-and-a-half later, when there are names already on the plaque?”

According to Hewitson at first the memorial park official was waiting for more families to come forward.

Upon a recent follow-up, she was told that the plaque was being amended, and that she would be provided with pictures to corroborate her brother’s name being added.

Hewitson had yet to receive picture confirmation on Wednesday 30 October, when People’s Post contacted Glory Memorial Park for a comment, speaking to Elvita Levendal.

“It is being placed on the plaque today,” Levendal said six days after proferring the same information to Hewitson six days earlier,” said Levendal.

“She can come check tomorrow any time, it will be there,” she added on the day, citing a broken phone as the reason why a picture will be difficult to provide.

Hewitson received picture confirmation of her brother’s inclusion on the plaque at last on Thursday 31 October, offering her the closure she needed.

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