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Roger Sinclair Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Oct 18th, 2014
Oct 18


Roger Sinclair, Hollywood’s “Godfather of Graving” dies at 83


(Facebook/Roger Sinclair)


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Roger Sinclair, known in grave hunting circles as the “Godfather of Graving,” died this morning it was announced by his close friend Kimberly Eazell: “It’s with heavy, heavy heart this morning that I got the phone call we all dread. My good friend and buddy Roger B. Sinclair and our ‘Godfather of Graving’ has passed peacefully at 6:50 am this morning.”


Sinclair, who had a wealth of knowledge of celebrity graves and the cemeteries where they resided, had practiced his hobby since the late 1960s. After going to what was then called Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever), he used the free map they handed out at the flower shop and visited all the celebrities that were marked on it until a friend told him that there were many more that were not listed. From then on, he went back every weekend and walked the cemetery grounds, grave-by-grave, finding obscure and unknown people that were involved in the movie industry and began making his own list. What resulted was multiple binders that he filled with photographs and brief biographies that he would share with anyone who needed to know where some famous star was buried.


In addition, he attended celebrity funerals whenever possible, including the services for such stars as Rita Hayworth, Bonita Granville and John Carradine.


A memorial service for Roger Sinclair will be held in January 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale in the Great Mausoleum.



Michael Jackson death anniversary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 8th, 2010
Jul 8


Recent outpouring of affection at Michael Jackson’s grave




Offerings from Michael Jackson fans left at the entrance of the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California on the first anniversary of his death. (Photos courtesy of Gary L. Hill)



Clark Gable’s crypt kissed

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 12th, 2010
Jun 12


Clark Gable’s Tomb Vandalized By A Kiss




(NewsCore) – The tomb of silver screen star Clark Gable was vandalized by an adoring bandit who left her mark with lipstick — causing a repair team to be called to clean it, TMZ reported Sunday.


Gable, who is entombed in a mausoleum at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. — also the final resting place of Walt Disney, Michael Jackson and a host of other celebrities — is regularly sought after by female fans, and traces of lipstick are occasionally spotted by the actor’s son John Clark Gable.


Although most previous marks were easily wiped away, the latest one stubbornly stuck, forcing a “total overhaul” of the white marble monument by a repair team.


John Clark Gable also warned against letting Jackson fans into the mausoleum — claiming that if they came inside, their tributes could damage surrounding memorials, including his father’s.


He said he asked security to “keep an eye out” for the lipstick bandit’s return.


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