Family of Mirfield man Leslie Wilson take on Co-op after funeral mistakes
A FAMILY have lost their case against the Co-op after a series of errors in a loved one’s funeral service.
The family of Leslie Wilson, of Mirfield, were suing Co-op which organised his funeral in October 2009.
He died suddenly after going to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, for a scan. He suffered a heart attack and died aged 83.
Daughter Carol Engel, of Kirkheaton, and son Ian Wilson, of Bridlington, said “little things which add up to big problems” caused them to take legal action.
They did so on the belief that the Co-op failed to carry out arrangements as discussed for Mr Wilson’s funeral at Dewsbury Crematorium.
They claimed that at the start of the service staff did not know that seven members of the family would put posies on Mr Wilson’s coffin – but could only do it once the service had started.
An unknown version of Pie Jesu – a song specifically requested – was played at the service. Then they were told to sit down at the end of the service, meaning they could not thank fellow mourners on the way out.
The next day, when Mrs Engel went to Dewsbury Crematorium to collect her father’s ashes, she was told that only her brother could collect them. It was resolved and she and her family were able to scatter them at sea.
They also did not know that Joseph Sheard Ltd Funeral Directors, based in Mirfield, were part of the Co-op, thinking they were choosing a local, independent company.