The relatives of a seven-foot Englishman have been turned away from a crematorium because he was too tall to be cremated.
Graham Mellor’s family members were surprised to learn that the local crematorium couldn’t accommodate the man’s unusual size. Since Mellor couldn’t fit inside the company’s largest casket, they had no choice but to turn the relatives away.
According to The Sentinel, Graham’s family will now have to travel nearly 35 miles away to have the man cremated. Bretby Crematorium reportedly handles caskets up to eight feet.
Mellor’s relatives were shocked by the news. Cousin Sharon Edwards said she had personally never heard of a person who was too tall to be cremated.
“I am completely taken aback and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. It will have to be a two-day funeral which makes things quite awkward. But it is nobody’s fault. He is an exceptional case because of his height and the funeral directors have been great in trying to organize the ceremony.”
The Daily Mail explains that Graham Mellor passed away on February 13 at the age of 72. The former steel worker and barman reportedly reached his full height by the age of 15. He was later dubbed Staffordshire’s Tallest Man.
Carmountside Crematorium near his home in Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent were said their facilities were “industry standard.” Since Mellor was deemed too tall to be cremated, the process would ultimately have to be performed at another location.
Although family members have certainly been inconvenienced by the situation, Edwards told the Sun that Graham probably finds the whole fiasco to be quite amusing. She she her cousin “will be having a giggle up there.”
Over 100 people are expected to attend the funeral service for Graham Mellor. Since he was too tall to be cremated near his home, Edwards said the cremation will take place the next day at Burton-upon-Trent.
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