TranscriptMay 3rd 2017 - I'm Tyler Fraser and this is Funeral News.
Border Patrol agents found 68 pounds of marijuana in a coffin inside a hearse on Saturday. The hearse owner Christian Zuniga told agents that the funeral business had been slow. Christian Lee's Zuniga, a US citizen from Nogales Arizona was arrested after agents became suspicious of him and his hearse and found the pot. Court records show he was charged in Arizona US District Court with possession and possession with intent to distribute.
Selected Independent Funeral Homes declares board members. Selected Independent Funeral Homes has announced the appointment of new board members to lead the world's oldest association of independently owned funeral homes. Selected board members appointment committee chose the new directors who together with the newly elected officers will be installed later this year at the 99th annual meeting September 10th through 13th at the Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago. Arthur L Erickson of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service in Hamden Connecticut will represent Group 1. Erickson is a third generation funeral director licensed with 32 years and is proud to have two sons licensed and working at his firm which has been a selected member since 1921. Jake Johnson of Menke Funeral Homes and Cremation Center in Sun City Arizona will serve as the new group six representative. Menke Funeral Homes has been a Selected member since 2008. Johnson describes the Selected meetings as enlightening and opportunities for forward-thinking discussions.
Funeral home refused to cremate gay man lawsuit alleges. A gay man is suing a funeral home in Mississippi alleging that it refused to cremate his husband because it did not deal with their kind. John Zawadski, 82 and his nephew filed a lawsuit against Picayune Funeral Home owners seeking damages for breach of contract and emotion and emotional distress. The lawsuit accuses them of backing out of a verbal agreement to provide final services for Zawadski's husband Robert Husky in May 2016 after discovering he was gay. The reversal compounded the family's grief and then and left them scrambling for alternatives. The only provider they could find was 90 miles away, the lawsuit alleges, leading the family to cancel Husky's memorial.
A new documentary by Vanessa Gould called OBIT. It sets out to depict the craft of obituary writing in the New York Times from the writer's perspective with the goal of breaking down the negative stereotype normally depicted about the job. This is Tyler Fraser, May 3rd 2017.