A cemetery has removed a tombstone from the grave of a man who died young after taking an inlaid photo, leaving his sad-suffering family indignant and bewildered.
Peter Robert Bridge died after a lung transplant went wrong on April 7 last year after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis, just a few days after his 33rd birthday.
His father Arthur Bridge said the family wanted to celebrate his son’s “bad sense of humor” on his tombstone in Enfield Memorial Park in Adelaide.
Along with Peter’s favorite sentence: “Why so serious?” – a line made famous in the 2008 film The Dark Knight – they contain a small photo of Peter sticking his middle finger on the top left of the tombstone.
Peter Robert Bridge’s father, Arthur Bridge, said the family wanted to celebrate his son’s “bad sense of humor” by decorating his tombstone in Enfield Memorial Park in Adelaide
“That’s Pete – he always gave the bird to someone,” Mr. Bridge said 9 news on Wednesday.
“He would drive and he would see a partner and the finger would be on them, just kidding.”
But the family was shocked when a friend told them that the tombstone was removed on January 16, seven months after it was placed.
“I immediately went downstairs to find out what was going on and they said the photo art was offensive,” Mr. Bridge said.
He said the cemetery staff told him that someone had complained about the photo.
While Enfield Memorial Park told the publication that they were making several attempts to contact the family before the headstone was removed, Mr. Bridge was adamant that he was unaware.
Peter Robert Bridge died after a lung transplant went wrong on April 7 last year after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis, just days after his 33rd birthday
Along with Peter’s favorite sentence, “Why so serious?”, They chose to place a small photo of Peter sticking his middle finger on the top left of the tombstone
He founded one Change.org request to have it repaired.
“We were not even informed of the removal of his tombstone – there was absolutely no consideration for our boy’s memory and resting place,” Mr. Bridge wrote on the petitions page.
“If his photo has offended someone, why is it someone else’s problem?” That is the personal resting space of our sons. ”
The father of two also told 9 News that his family was still struggling with Peter’s death when the stone was removed.
‘It’s just another kick in the guts – it’s just wrong. Why do we do it to ourselves? I will not rest until it is ready. I want his tombstone back to the way it was. ”
Peter’s brother T.J Bridge has been destroyed.
“I feel robbed to be honest with you. It may be their property, but we pay for that space, so we should have it there. ”
Adelaide Cemeteries Authority Chief Operating Officer Michael Robertson told the publication that they have received numerous complaints.
But the family was shocked when they realized that the headstone was removed seven months after placement. Pictured: an empty space where the tombstone used to be
“We tried to contact his family by phone and left voicemail messages. We spoke to the monumental bricklayer and also tried to give them a buzz. ”
Robertson also said he offered to pay for a new tombstone without the photo, and offered an alternative option that the family could use to save the photo in a “Discovery Series” plaque – where it can be opened as a book.
The family has rejected the offers.
The petition has received more than 2210 signatures.
“This is so wrong. Pete deserves his resting place to be respected, just like everyone else, “wrote a supporter.
‘People have to light up. What happened to the Aussie larrikin spirit? another asked.
“It is PC nonsense to remove the headstone for such a trivial reason,” someone else shared.
Peter’s family said they will not rest until the monument is restored.
“He would be happy to start fighting for him, and he would tell us to go all the way,” Mr. Bridge said.
“Not a day goes by that we don’t think about him.”
Daily Mail Australia contacted Enfield Memorial Park for comments.