Joe Greif kneels near the damaged bench that is dedicated to the memory of his late wife

‘Sick act’ riles grieving man

PORT HARDY—Joe Greif is not a violent man, but the 82-year-old said he wouldn’t mind just a few moments alone with the person responsible for desecrating a bench dedicated to his dead wife.

PORT HARDY—Joe Greif is not a violent man, but the 82-year-old said he wouldn’t mind just a few moments alone with the person responsible for desecrating a bench dedicated to his dead wife.

Greif said he learned about the act of vandalism only after a friend called him.

“He was walking his dog by the seawall and saw someone had taken out the stainless steel bolts and the boards of the bench were lying on the grass,” he said of the bench he paid more than $1,000 to erect in his wife, Lillian’s, memory.

“My wife always loved the water, the ocean, lakes and stuff like that,” said Greif.

“The wife of my old friend, Ben Perlini Sr. put a bench there for him when he died and I thought it be a good thing to do for my wife as well.” Wed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1951, the Greifs were married three months shy of 60 years when a year-long battle with cancer claimed Lillian last December.

The bench is usually a calm place where her husband can go and be alone with his thoughts.

But the thoughtless vandals spoiled that, he said.

“I look at it as some sick S.O.B. … well, because something like this happened it brought out the worst in me,” he said.

Greif called the District of Port Hardy to see what could be done and the municipality quickly replaced the bolts and put the bench together again.

While grateful, Greif said he’s still irked at the person or people responsible for the damage.

“The person who did this should be exposed, it was a very sick act and a memorial should be untouched by anyone.”


Just Posted

UPDATE: Police determine no emergency in Friday’s mystery radio appeal for help

Police had asked for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Port Hardy RCMP request assistance in tracking down shoplifter

The RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance identifying the female.

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Grieg Seafood awarded for employee wellness initiatives at BC Agri-Food Industry Gala

Grieg Seafood BC’s employee wellness initiatives were recognized at the BC Agri-Food… Continue reading

District of Port Hardy accepts $295,750 bid to replace Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena’s chiller

Council accepted a $295,750 bid by a refrigeration contractor to replace the arena’s chiller.

VIDEO: Iconic ‘snow cone’ takes shape at B.C. park near Clearwater

Snow cone forming at Wells Gray Provincial Park one that would make Disney’s Queen Elsa proud

Pink Shirt Day a reminder to ‘T.H.I.N.K.’ before posting on social media

‘Be Kind’ message on shirts sold for anti-bullying activities of Wednesday, Feb. 27

A ‘warm embrace’ for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims

Mourners offered love and support to Kawthar Barho, mother of seven children

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

B.C. man creates Indigenous colouring book for children

Leon McFadden is working on 11 more books to finish the horoscope series

UPDATE: Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

Credit card fraud steals $50,000 from Victoria businesses: police

Crime Reduction Unit investigating several frauds costing several businesses over $50,000

Most Read