Barry Fey will not be buried at cemetery near Red Rocks because agreement was lost
Legendary rock promoter Barry Fey, who died this past weekend, wanted to be laid to rest at Morrison Cemetery, a stone's throw from his beloved Red Rocks -- and his loved ones say he'd reached a deal for this to happen despite rules restricting burial there to Jefferson County residents. But after his death, the agreement couldn't be found and the cemetery board refused to bend. Now, says a longtime friend who advocated on his behalf, the family has run out of time to change minds and will likely cremate Fey and scatter his ashes at Red Rocks.
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Andrew Hudson, onetime spokesman for Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and current proprietor of Andrew Hudson's Job List, confirms that the window of opportunity for protesting the cemetery board's conclusion has closed.
Courtesy of the Foothills Genealogical Society The gate at Morrison Cemetery.
"The family had to make a decision on what to do with the body by this morning," Hudson says. "If they did not have any resolution, they were going to go in a different direction."
The situation clearly frustrates Hudson.
"Here's the big problem: This is a very small association board, and communication with them has been incredibly difficult. The only board member I got to talk to was very matter of fact about it. He really didn't have any emotion about Barry Fey at all."
Moreover, Hudson continues, "I talked to a former mayor of Morrison, and he was adamant that an agreement existed. It was something done fifteen years ago or so. The story is that Barry had worked with the cemetery commission to allow him to be buried in the cemetery, and they denied him on a couple of occasions -- but then they reached an agreement for the family to pay $200 a year to keep him up there.
"They also had to go up at least once a year to maintain it, and there would be a flat marker, not a statue or anything like that, with a fence around it to protect it."
A portrait of Fey.
This last requirement, Hudson says, was put in place due to the "fear that it would become some sort of rock-and-roll memorial à la Jim Morrison," late singer for the Doors, whose Paris grave site has become a tourist attraction.
"I totally get that," Hudson stresses. "I've been to Jim Morrison's grave, and there were lots of drunk teenagers drinking red wine, which wasn't very cool." That's why the past board set the requirements, and Hudson says, "all of that was agreed to."
After Fey's death, however, Hudson reveals that "no one could find the agreement. The family went through all his papers and it wasn't there. And the board really didn't have any sympathy. They were like, 'The bylaws state this, so we can't allow it.'"
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