Worcester Funeral Director Gets License Reinstated


WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Worcester funeral home director who lost his license after bodies were found decomposing in his basement last year has had it reinstated, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports.

Peter Stefan, director of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor, reportedly agreed to a two-year stayed suspension of his license, and to monthly visits from a state monitor to make sure he's complying with state law.

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The basement room where funeral home director Peter Stefan stored nine unclaimed, decomposing bodies. (Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio)

Stefan has a reputation for taking the bodies nobody wants to claim—for example, he gained notoriety in 2013 for agreeing to bury Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

But last year, Worcester authorities opened a probe into the way Stefan was storing nine unclaimed bodies in the basement of his funeral home, creating what city health officials called a "horrible stench." The room where he stored the bodies was supposed to have been cooled to 39 degrees, but city investigators measured it at 65 degrees.

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Decomposing Bodies Lead To Investigation At Worcester Funeral Home

The Worcester T&G reported that another director stepped in to run the funeral home during Stefan's suspension.

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