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I-Team Investigation

Husband loses thousands on headstone

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A Southington man said he's worried he could be out thousands of dollars after buying a headstone from a local company. (WFSB) A Southington man said he's worried he could be out thousands of dollars after buying a headstone from a local company. (WFSB)
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A Southington man said he's worried he could be out thousands of dollars after buying a headstone from a local company.

That's when the I-Team stepped in to try to get some answers.

A couple planning their final arrangements, but they said they were taken advantage of by a local granite company. After calling over and over again, they asked for help from Eyewitness News.

Octave Goodfield and his wife were planning ahead when they started shopping for a headstone back in April. Goodfield said he went to Thomaston Memorial Works and paid $3,800 for a granite headstone.

“They told me six to eight weeks,” Goodfield said.

Meanwhile, Goodfield's focus turned to his wife.

“My wife went into the hospital. Then she went into the convalescent home,” he said.

The due date for the stone came and went. However, Goodfield said he was spending all his energy caring for his wife.

“Two weeks ago, I just happened to think that they never called me for my monument,” Goodfield said.  

Goodfield said he started calling Chamberlin Granite in Torrington, which is the company who was supposed to be making his stone.

“I called, but I wouldn't get anywhere,” Goodfield said.  “So I went over to the store, and the sign on the door ‘we're out of business.’”

Goodfield said he was worried he might have been duped out of $4,000.

“We're on you know, social security. I have a small pension, too,” Goodfield said. “But you know that's a lot of money.”

That's why Goodfield asked the I-Team to step in. Their first stop was Thomaston Memorial Works.

The sign on the door of Thomaston Memorial Works stated that they were out of business and instructed existing customers to call the number to Chamberlin Granite.

When the I-Team called, there was no answer at Chamberlin Granite. When the I-Team visited Chamberlin Granite, there was the same sign that said the company was going out of business.

Eyewitness News went to the owner's address listed by the Secretary of State's office. But the new resident said they had moved into the house only a few months ago.

“I'm 80 years old,” Goodfield said. “I hope I live long enough where I can see my monument.”

The I-Team's work isn't done. They are continuing to try to get Goodfield's money back.

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