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Errol's Grave is visited by a friend of mine!

25 Dec
An email I received today from someone in Los Angeles who I have known with great affection for several years.
Suzy refers to me as Mr. DeWitt despite our years of friendship when she adds my name to photos! She has been a wonderful pen-pal…

She writes:

We were visiting my parents' graves today. Afterwards we visited Errol Flynn's.

His grave looked deserted when I got there, no Christmas wreaths, no poinsettias.
I laid today's newspaper on his grave so you would know the pictures were freshly taken from today
by me. I put 3 tiny cheesy decorations on his grave, that is all I had with me…

 
 
Suzy is one of my dearest friends…

— David DeWitt

 
 

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  1. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Hi David;
    Thank you for this posting it is very touching.
    On another subject but connected to Errol's grave, I wonder if you know the story and artist of the statue? I read the story somewhere on the Internet but for the world of me I can't remember where – what website it was. You or Robert just might know without me going through my files for hours!
    I would very appreciate if you or Robert could help me!
    Thank you!

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  2. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 2:36 am

    I've never located a sculptor's name for the piece entitled, “Flowers Of Remembrance”. What I have found of interest is that over the years the headstone has been moved closer to the statue. In the photo below from 1983 the small hedge was still there:

    By 2009 it had been trimmed back and the headstone positioned closer to the statue:

    Today the hedge is gone altogether, along with the tree that used to watch over the grave:


    I suppose the tree's roots were beginning to disturb Connie, Ida, and Errol. I'll miss its shade, as I enjoyed sitting beneath it while communing with our ol' boy.

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  3. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Robert;
    Thank you for these wonderful pictures to show the changes. In particular the one of this very nice looking young man – I hope you notice “das ich Dir – Dich schmeichle” hahaha!
    It is a great pity that they removed the tree, the shrubs and the vine in the back of your picture. It sure looks extremely bare and stark – poor Errol!
    Who is doing that? Who gives permission to such callous treatment of a grave?
    Very sad – Tina

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  4. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you, Tina (I will defer the German grammar to our dear Inga). The changes made to the grave's surroundings are in the common areas that Forest Lawn has the right to rearrange. Regarding Flynn's headstone, I would imagine they consulted with the family before moving it, but even there it could be within their rights as stipulated in the plot contract.

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  5. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Robert ???????

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  6. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    But baseball bin bery bery good to me

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  7. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Pop cultural reference #3762

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  8. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Robert;
    Moving the marker is not bad, but removing the tree and all the greenery is very bad!

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  9. Anonymous

    December 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I am not with you – lost amongst the Stars!

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  10. Anonymous

    December 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Homework, Tina

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  11. Anonymous

    December 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Tina, you are such a genius! HOW on earth did you find this??!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Anonymous

    December 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Here is the total information of the Lady in bronze 36″ high at Errol's grave direct out of the book “Forest Lawn Art Guide” last published in 1965.
    I am told that the statues are placed on Forest Lawn and one is able to purchase a grave site under a statue without purchasing the statue itself, but is also often purchased by the purchaser of a grave.

    If the statue was there when Patrice chose the grave site, she chose very well as the wording expresses the meaning of the statue.
    The artist is: Louis Auguste Moreau – French 1815 -1856.
    The name of the statue is: “Flowers of Remembrance”
    Treasure this information as it is very difficult to find!
    Rejoice – Tina

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  13. Anonymous

    December 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Just being diligent and going for hours through my files. Here is the cover of the book!

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  14. Anonymous

    December 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Superbly done! You are a true “Flynn Detective”!

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  15. Anonymous

    December 30, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Thank you David, you are very kind!

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  16. Anonymous

    December 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Have you got the book yourself? It must be an interesting read.

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  17. Anonymous

    December 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    No I don't!

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  18. Anonymous

    December 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Even more amazing then, super sleuth!

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