Western Mass. funeral director's license suspended

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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — State authorities have suspended the license of a South Hadley funeral director after an investigation found health code violations, including five decomposed bodies not properly embalmed and a sixth improperly stored.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1wO7nuK ) that the order by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers shuts the William W. Ryder Funeral Home.

The state licensure division has set a June 6 hearing when officials are expected to determine if Ryder's license should remain suspended. Ryder can argue to have his license restored.

Ryder's lawyer said his client has "significant health issues" that have affected his ability to provide services and meet his obligations. He says family is helping.

Investigators found six bodies not properly embalmed and not in the embalming-preparation room or in a refrigeration unit.

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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