Taunton woman fights Facebook for late husband’s account

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — For the wife of a man tragically killed during a stabbing rampage in Taunton, one way to remember him was to treasure the statuses he posted on Facebook.

Rosemary Heath’s husband, George, was a victim of last month’s stabbing tragedy at the Bertucci’s inside the Silver City Galleria. Heath died protecting a pregnant waitress from Arthur DaRosa, who was shot and killed inside the restaurant by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.

Since then, Heath would log into her husband’s Facebook page and re-share memories as a way of remembering him. That was until last Sunday night – when his Facebook page was memorialized and she was locked out.

Facebook will memorialize a page after the death of the user to keep the account secure – unless a legacy contact is chosen. A legacy contact is someone who can continue using an account once it is memorialized. According to Facebook, this type of contact cannot be added after someone has died, and a page cannot be unmemorialized.

Heath said she wants to change this.

“I never expected my husband to die. I never expected to lose him on May 10th,” Heath said. “I thought I’d have him forever – and now I don’t. I don’t even have his memories, his Facebook page, the thing he was on every day. And I want it.”

An online petition supporting Heath’s desire to change the rule on who can memorialize a page has already received 1,600 signatures.

Heath has also promised to also take legal action for her cause.

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