A woman has won the right to have her late father’s remains exhumed from a Dudley churchyard.
Rita Short was given the go-ahead from a Church of England judge to exhume the remains of her father, George Robinson, from the churchyard at St John’s Church, Kates Hill, Dudley.
The judge was told that his family “deeply regretted” interring him away from the remains of his much-loved wife Brenda and son, David.
Charles Mynors, a judge of the Consistory Court, has now ruled that exhumation offered “an opportunity to rectify that error”. The ruling means the cremated remains of Mr Robinson can now be reinterred at Queen’s Cross Cemetery, Dudley – with his wife and son.
The judge said that David and Mr Robinson died only four months apart in 1995.
Brenda said on the death of her husband that he had wished to be cremated. After advice from St John’s Church, George’s remains were buried there.
But when Brenda died, in May 2008, she was buried in the family plot at Queen’s Cross cemetery, alongside David.
Judge Mynors said that Mrs Short, originally from Dudley but now living in Lincolnshire, was now “very distressed” and, with the wisdom of hindsight, wished that her father’s remains could be buried at Queen’s Cross.
He said: “It was apparently the dearest wish of George and Brenda Robinson that their mortal remains be interred together.”