A despairing husband and a church unmoved It's the topic of a long running dispute the family has had with St John's Church in Reid, with neither party having record of the purchase of the burial plot where Mrs Gifford's father rests.
The church insists the family must produce an exclusive rights certificate if Mrs Gifford is to be buried in coach outlet sale $5 sign the cemetery, which has been closed since 1937. They don't have the paper, but argue the fact her father, Ernest "Ernie" Hobbs, was buried there 16 years after the cemetery closed indicates he must have owned the plot. The long running argument has left the Gifford family frustrated. Despite the church claiming there is no record of Ernie Hobbs' purchase of either of the two plots the family believes he bought in 1935, he was buried next to his wife in 1953 after he died in Irene's arms. Mr Gifford recalled his father in law's instructions not to spend money on a headstone until his grave was filled, indicating his wish for a family member to be buried with him. Mrs Gifford instigated the request to be buried with her father, and has always insisted she is not to be cremated. Her husband has made it his aim to grant her wish. Their sons support the parents' cause eldest son Peter, who found fame as the bass player in Midnight Oil, sees it as a simple case of property coach outlet atlanta time rights but with none living in Canberra, it is a fellow retired AFP officer, Michael Stevenson, who has helped Mr Gifford mount his case. "To me this is so blatantly obvious that what is happening is unfair, and to allow it to happen is of no detriment to the church whatsoever, they get the funeral, they get the fees," Mr Stevenson said. "If they would give me a definitive, logical answer as to why it can't happen, then I'd probably go away, but they can't.'' St John's has records of seven approaches by Hobbs family members seeking burial in the plot. Each time church officials said that without the exclusive burial rights certificate, Commonwealth regulation won't allow for a full burial. "The churchyard was closed in 1937 for burials, except if people, from 1920 to 1937, purchased exclusive rights," the Reverend Paul Black said. "No exclusive rights were sold to the Hobbs family for plot 590, which means that no one is eligible for burial in that plot,'' Mr Black said. ''Mr Ernest Hobbs was buried in 1953 in plot 590 and we have no knowledge of why his body coach bags official site was accepted for burial at that time." Mr Black does not accept the family's hypothesis that a record of ownership must have existed at the time, and could not say if the church had records of anyone else owning plot 590. "We have very good records of the 193 certificates that were sold," he insisted. "I empathise with the family, but the regulations do not permit a burial under these circumstances. We're very happy if she were to be cremated, for her ashes to be interred." An appeal by Senator Gary Humphries failed to get Mr Black to reconsider, but the senator still believes coach usa store Mrs Gifford has a compelling case. "Reverend Black hasn't refuted that there have been a number of exceptions granted over the years.
[He] conceded there was an anomaly or exception for Ernest Hobbs in 1953 in that very plot, so it leads to, I think, the conclusion that exceptions can be made," Senator Humphries said. "The argument, as it was originally contended, that the Commonwealth has excluded any further burials is not true burials have taken place, presumably legally, and I still don't know why the parish will not agree to Mrs Gifford being buried there.".
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