Jackie Gleason’s Mausoleum

How sweet it is!

That is one of the famous lines spoken by Jackie Gleason, an actor and comedian best known for his portrayal of Ralphie Kramden in the 1950s hit TV sitcom The Honeymooners (which gave us many catchphrases that are still used in television today). Gleason is also known as Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit films and other film and television work.

His influence on comedy has become his legacy, and if you’re in the area, you can visit JACKIE GLEASON’S MAUSOLEUM- Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, 11411 NW 25th St., Miami, FL.

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It’s pretty easy to find. Just go straight when you enter (well, go around the roundabout with a big tree and statues in it, THEN go straight past it), and when you get to the end of that road, you’ll see it ahead to your left next to the pond.

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Another one of his infamous phrases is etched into the steps.

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With all of these grave visits, I am noticing that I like to leave things on the gravestones (is there a weird psychological something going on here?). Well, I had taken another route to the mausoleum than the one I explained to you, which led me down a loose rock and shell-laden path. On this path, I found a small, almost completely intact conch shell, so I brought it to Jackie’s grave.

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For the record, the dried carnation was there when I arrived,

On the way out, I found an even better conch shell, so I took that one. It now sits next to Lucky Cat in the car.

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Ignore the dust; that will happen after 4,000+ miles of driving.

And away we go!

Until next time, dahlings…

 

 

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