Resting In Peace In New Jersey

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In my quest to see everything there is to see in the whole, wide world, I thought I would share these two burial sites I saw right here in New Jersey.

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First we have James R. Bechtold.  He is resting in the Hillside Cemetery in Metuchen, NJ.  The address is 52 Lincoln Drive, Metuchen, NJ.  Enter the cemetery and follow the main road around until you come to a “V” in the road.  Mr. Bechtold is right there in the middle of the “V”.   You can’t miss him them.

Seems that James Bechtold, known as “Becky” to his friends and family, was a revered Metuchen firefighter who died, leaving his brothers to construct this unusual gravesite. A lifelong fan of the Three Stooges, and a lifetime believer in the power of laughter, Becky’s request was for a tombstone carved with the words “Laugh don’t weep, It feels better” with the Three Stooges looking down over him. The original trio of Moe, Larry and Curly peered over the top of the elaborate stone, which had to be sent to China to be carved since the copyright issues in the States gave headstone artists the liability creeps.

The only part of his last request that wasn’t completed was the rubber hose that he wanted attached to the adjoining public street–when cars would pass over the hose, the Three Stooges’ theme music would play. Albeit China or the U.S., nobody was going to allow that twisted tune to ring out anywhere near a residential area, so Becky’s plan has gone unfulfilled. – Metuchen Matters

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And now for an update on Brandy.  If you remember, back in December I told you about Brandy – you know – Brandy, you’re a fine girl, what a good wife you would be…….for a reminder about Brandy, click here.   Anyway, since we were driving right by Brandy on the way to see Mike Nesmith on Friday night, we thought we would just check in on her.

You can find Brandy in the back of the Loew’s Theatre located at 17 Route 1, New Brunswick, NJ.  Just drive around to the back of the theatre, and there you will see her and her family in the family plot along the banks of the Raritan River.

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Mary Ellis was born in 1750. Legend has it she grew up and fell in love with a sea captain who vowed that he would return and marry her. She never gave up as time passed, and looked for him every day. In 1813, she bought a piece of property overlooking the Raritan River, so she could keep a lookout. He never returned, and she died in 1828 and was buried in the family plot which later became home to a flea market, and now the Loew’s Cinemas.

So the first two times we saw Brandy, it was dark and rainy.  This time we got the opportunity to actually see what was up there.  Yes, it involved climbing up the walls.  All we wanted to do was look.  And now, you don’t have to.  You’re welcome.

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