WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Families are concerned about the upkeep or lack thereof at Calvary Memorial Cemetery. And it’s not the first time we’ve heard these sort of complaints.
“I wish there was something that I could do. I don’t want my mother to be here, I don’t want my grandmother to be here or my uncle,” Gwendolyn Robinson said.
Robinson says she was shocked by what she saw during her most recent visit to her mother’s grave.
“I haven’t been out here for about three weeks, but I didn’t expect to see what I am seeing now, and it’s awful and heartbreaking to know that people’s loved ones are laying in all this mess,” Robinson said.
It’s a mess that WWAY has heard about before. We first heard about the issues back in 2009 from a woman was concerned about the state of the cemetery after it changed hands. Last year the cemetery’s owner said he is the only one responsible for maintaining the entire seven-acre graveyard. He even suggested that families should call ahead before they visit so he would have time to have their sites cleaned up.
“It’s been overgrown or whatever, but I have always seen workers out here cutting the grass, but it just seems like they have forgotten about us,” Robinson said.
Robinson says the lack of upkeep is not the only problem. She says her uncle’s grave marker was vandalized.
“He had a metal plate that was covering his final resting place. I came out here about a year ago, and it was gone,” she said.
Robinson says she just wants the property properly maintained, because after all, her mother, grandmother and uncle paved the way for her family.
Calvary Memorial Cemetery owner Jack Krupicka did not want to go on camera, but he did say the grass would be cut by the end of the week. The trash is also scheduled to be removed Friday.