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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


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.


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.


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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