It was literally a grave mistake, and one that stained the grave of one of the most beloved mayor of the Big Apple.
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch’s burial ground is being haunted by problems, as his tombstone bears a mistake that’s quite hard to miss.
Tom Flynn, owner of Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Services—who was in charge of the former mayor’s burial services—tells NBC’s New York affiliate that he mistakenly listed the birth year of Koch as 1942 instead of 1924.
Flynn says he feels “terrible” about the mistake and has vowed to correct the error, which was discovered just this weekend.
Koch died last February due to congestive heart failure. He was 88. He was buried in Trinity Church cemetery in Manhattan.
Diane Coffey, former Chief of Staff of Koch, says that the democratic mayor had planned “every detail of his burial,” including the headstone back in the 1980s.
The former mayor, who served the Big Apple from 1978 to 1989, bought the burial plot back in 2008.
“I don’t want to leave Manhattan, even when I’m gone,” Koch said at the time.
According to Coffey, Koch himself designed his tombstone, which includes a quote from journalist Daniel Pearl who was killed by Islamist terrorists: “My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.”
During the burial, the 5-foot-tall, 6-foot-wide gravemarker did not list Koch’s birth date. It was only etched in by Flynn early this month.
“I have to make it right,” Flynn said. “I will correct it.”