Widow Angeline O'Grady Sues US Airways Over Husband's Missing Ashes

on September 20 2013 10:18 AM
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A widow is suing US Airways, alleging the airliner is responsible for losing her late husband's ashes. Wikimedia Commons

A Pennsylvania woman in suing US Airways, accusing the airline of losing her husband’s ashes and preventing her from carrying out his last wishes.

Angeline O’Grady, of Trumbauersville, Pa., was flying to England in November 2011 on US Airways so she could go to her late husband’s hometown and spread his ashes as his final request. But the container carrying Brian O’Grady’s ashes never arrived in Angeline O’Grady’s checked baggage, NBC Philadelphia reported.

“She feels that she failed to honor her husband’s last request that his ashes be scattered along with his mother’s,” Bill Goldman Jr., the lawyer representing Angeline O’Grady, told CBS Philadelphia. US Airways “obviously made the choice, through incompetence and outrageous behavior, to determine his last resting place,” he added.

Brian O’Grady died of cancer in November 2011, and his last wishes were to have his ashes scattered near his hometown of Hull, England.

The widow checked her baggage with US Airways and wanted to bring the container on her flight as a carry-on item, but she was rebuffed “because its contents were not a solid substance,” Reuters reported, citing the lawsuit.

"U.S. Airways, rather than Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady has had the last word in determining Mr. O'Grady's final resting place. He is not at peace," the suit said. "Entrusted at Philadelphia International Airport with the extraordinarily precious ashes/remains of [her] husband,” U.S. Airways showed "negligence, recklessness, callousness and intentional conduct," when it failed in its duties.”

U.S. Airways spokesman Andrew Christie told Reuters that an internal probe of the incident didn’t find the airline at fault over the missing ashes.

"While we certainly send our condolences to Mrs. O'Grady, US Airways' investigation into this matter did not uncover any information indicating that US Airways is responsible for this unfortunate incident," he said.

Angeline O’Grady filed the lawsuit in part to get another investigation, according to CBS Philadelphia.

 

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