Family disgusted by vandalism

Yvonne Allen and Nancy Hill inspect the recent damage to the grave of well-known local, the late Henry Hill.A vicious vandalism attack on the grave of well-known local man Henry Hill has been slammed by his bereaved family.

His widow Nancy Hill and niece Yvonne Allen contacted the Forbes Advocate yesterday after discovering the final resting place of Mr Hill was attacked during the weekend.

Ms Allen said she first became aware of the vandalism when two women told her about a spate of recent attacks at the Forbes cemetery.

Ms Allen said she contacted Mrs Hill straightaway and the pair decided to visit the cemetery to see if Mr Hill was one of the victims.

What they discovered reduced Mrs Hill to tears.

“I said someone has pinched his flowers,” Mrs Hill said.

Pots of silk flowers lining each side, the centre and the foot of Mr Hill’s grave had been broken, tipped off the grave or removed.

One large pot which was located near the headstone has disappeared.

This loss has hit Mrs Hill hardest because it featured a personal inscription she wrote to her late husband. It stated her love for Mr Hill and how much she missed him.

“It made me cry and I’m trying to get over it. It’s sad. It’s really, really sad. It makes you feel sick,” Mrs Hill said.

Mrs Hill and Ms Allen don’t believe Mr Hill was targeted in the attack simply because a number of other gravesites nearby have also had their silk flowers pulled out and strewn about.

“It’s a very, very bad shock,” Mrs Hill said.

“It’s disgraceful. I can’t understand why anyone would do it to someone that is dead and can’t defend themselves. It’s just weak.”

Mr Hill passed away in February last year and is remembered as a stalwart of the Forbes community.

“He was always helping kids. We reared up seven kids that had nowhere to live. He taught them boxing, footy, cricket, touch football, softball.

“He was good. He would do anything for anyone. He helped anyone. He’d go without to help others,” Mrs Hill said.

Mr Hill and his family are well-known around the community for their contributions to sport and in recent years, support of the Forbes Renal Dialysis Unit.

“He was on dialysis for 17 years. He suffered when he was alive and now he is still suffering,” Ms Allen said.

The attack has been reported to the police and enquiries into the incident are continuing.

Mrs Hill said she would like the personalised pot put back on the grave, if nothing else.

“It will be no good to anyone because they wouldn’t have the same name,” she said.

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