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Friday, November 04, 2005

Two-Faced Tombstone Gets Thumbs-Down

From (Sudbury, Ontario) Northern Life, posted Nov. 3, 2005:

Bylaw prevents family from erecting unique monument

BY HEIDI ULRICHSEN
heidi@northernlife.ca

During a visit to Elliot Lake last spring, Mary Ann Jutras went to a local monument company to see if she could find an appropriate gravestone for her late husband, Norm.

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She and her daughter immediately fell in love with a black stone shaped like a flame.

They decided to put an engraved picture of the couple on the front, a French saying intertwined with musical notes on the top and their last name and a thumbs-up sign on the back.

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But six months after the gravestone was installed in the Civic Cemetery on Second Avenue. Mary Ann learned it had to be taken down.

Her monument dealer received a complaint from city officials. There is a 2003 bylaw against putting up gravestones with writing on the back.

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