Mark Mizzi with the corrected plaque for his father Charles Carmello Mizzi.
Mark Mizzi with the corrected plaque for his father Charles Carmello Mizzi. Chris Ison

No sorry yet for grave mistake

WHAT Mark Mizzi found when he visited his father's grave at the Nerimbera Memorial Gardens was astonishing.

Instead of his father's name being inscribed on the plaque, it carried the name of his living brother.

“In rage I ripped the plaque off the wall and took it up to the office and said, 'Can you explain to me what is going on here?'”

That was in 2007, but Mark is still upset that no-one has apologised to his family.

He came forward after reading about another burial bungle, reported on the front page of The Morning Bulletin on September 12.

That case involved Rockhampton Regional Council apologising to a woman who branded them incompetent and lazy, after they botched the signature at her father's burial site, also at the Nerimbera Memorial Gardens.

Mark said after he made the discovery he approached a man who was working at the cemetery who said the only record he had was of a John Mizzi, Mark's living brother.

He said the staff member then told him this was authorized by John Mizzi.

“He said John Mizzi, but I said isn't he suppose to be the one buried?”

“How do you think my brother feels about this?”

A spokesperson for Rockhampton Regional Council said the council organised the manufacture of plaques, based on the information provided by the funeral director.

She said in this case, what was supplied to the council was incorrect.

“The paperwork given to council from the funeral director had the incorrect name on it. It stated the deceased name was John when in fact it was Charles Carmello Mizzi,” she said.

The funeral director yesterday refused to comment.

A new plaque with the correct details of Mark's father was placed in June this year, two years after the initial mistake.

A council spokeswoman said since the mistake there had been a change in management, where a number of additional processes had been put in place to prevent instances such as this occurring.

“With the new management one of the processes which has been implemented is written advice from the deceased's next of kin which details the name to be reproduced on the plaque,” she said.

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