Oops! Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s Headstone Has Wrong Birthdate
Matt | On 18, Jun 2013
Ed Koch’s spirit is either going to applaud or haunt some people here soon — depending on how you look at this quirky situation.
The former NYC mayor, who died on February 1, was discovered to have a glaring error on his gravestone. The digits of his original birth year of 1924 were transposed to read ‘1942’ on the marker. That means it made the 88-year-old seem about age 70 when he died. I’m not sure how sensitive the former mayor would have been to making him seem younger, but I’m sure it offended (or at least raised an eyebrow) in his family.
The company that engraved the marker has promised to fix the error.
Koch is buried at the Trinity Church cemetery in lower Manhattan.