Barry Fey will not be buried at cemetery near Red Rocks because agreement was lost

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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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The gate at Morrison Cemetery.
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.

"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.

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A portrait of Fey.
"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."

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.'"

Continue for more about the rejection of Barry Fey's burial wishes.



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Tony_Funches
Tony_Funches

I Knew, Worked for, & Have Been Friends with Barry since 1968 ... BEFORE He hired me away from The Doors to move here & work for him/Feyline. Morrison has hereby imbued itself with Eternal Shame, & Merchants there will Rue this decision as WE BOYCOTT the Selfishly-Stained Community that would have been a Dusty Wide Spot in the road, had Barry not made Red Rocks the International Icon it IS ... "We Do Not Forgive, We DO Not Forget" ...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

They better decide QUICKLY before the odor becomes an issue .....

Mozart99
Mozart99

Perhaps there is an email that reflects this. They are legal documents. If it is not too late. I only barely knew him but know he was one of Denver's greatest assets.

jerriline
jerriline

Apparently 'Harvey' didn't know Barry.  Was Barry a business man? Absolutely.  He was also a visionary and someone that wasn't just in it for the money.  Barry LOVED music.   AND, most people in the music industry - especially in Denver, owe their careers to Barry.  Not only is Red Rocks what it is because of Barry, but we wouldn't have a symphony if it weren't for that man, or the Paramount Theater, and many bands (including U2, The Who, Led Zeppelin etc wouldn't be who they are without him. Barry was a lot of things to me - I was a dumb 20 something girl when I went to work for him in the early 90's , and last Saturday I did my own show at Red Rocks - which btw is equivalent to playing in the super bowl for promoters, agents, managers and bands. Shame on Morrison for allowing this, and I may just have to pull a Gram Parsons up there for Barry.  I owe him that much and so does Colorado.

Harvey
Harvey

The dumping of ashes at Red Rocks is specifically prohibited by Denver Parks Rules and Regulations 15.2.

Fear that Fey's gravesite "would become some sort of rock-and-roll memorial à la Jim Morrison"??  Are these guys out of their minds?  Apparently all common sense HAS gone out the window.  He was a businessman, period.  And apparently a businessman who didn't keep track of his contracts.

Chrysti Hagen
Chrysti Hagen

Has all common sense gone out the window? Do they really need a piece of paper to tell them what the right thing to do is? For as much money as he brought to Colorado, to Morrison? Bad Mojo upon the town if they don't.

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Call the Morrison Cemetery Commission at 303-973-5916. Please share your concerns with their decision to deny the request to allow Barry Fey to be buried there.

Aaron Harmon
Aaron Harmon

That is extremely disrespectful to Mr. Fey and his family.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Tony_Funches  I'm crippled & have NOTHING short of the utmost respect and gratitude to the employees at Red Rocks . If it weren't for them, I wouldn't go to any shows .

I know this has absolutely NOTHING to do w/ the story . Simply taking Tony's back !

Harvey
Harvey

@jerriline True, I didn't know Barry.  And millions of other Colorado citizens didn't know him either.  The most recent Post article is a good one, but very sad.  A public memorial?  No.  I still haven't seen where he was a great citizen.  There are people making money every day in business that happen to be in the public eye, but are they really great citizens worthy of a public memorial?  For example, many State officials work for years quietly for the public and for peanuts and do they get public memorials (Webb being the exception, but only because he built a building with taxpayer money and named it after himself).  No.  His fans can commission a statue or something else and ask that it be placed somewhere and pay for it, but no, no public money, free burial plots, or legal exceptions.  If allowed, John Malone's and Charlie Ergen's families are next in line.

mygoldenpalace
mygoldenpalace

You are an idiot. Seriously, go away and quit being disrespectful.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Chrysti Hagen Strongly put, Chrysti. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Andrew Gutshall Thanks for weighing in, Andrew. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Megan Haenny I'm guessing that number is being used plenty today. Thanks for posting, Megan.

corinnejrodriguez
corinnejrodriguez

@Harvey Again you didn't know Barry.  You didn't know the many ways in which Barry help Denver, Colorado and many musicians.  In memory of Barry I say to you... "Piss off"

mygoldenpalace
mygoldenpalace

And this is why no one will ever care enough to prepare a memorial for you Harvey. If you can't see the difference between an everyday citizen and Barry Fey then clearly you don't get it, in which case, how very sad for you...

jerriline
jerriline

@Harvey @jerriline Well, there will be a public memorial, and I'm actually booking I write this.  Nobody said a word about using public money - not sure where you got that - just because something is public doesn't mean that you use public funds. Sorry for your disappointment on that subject.  Next time you go to the symphony remember there wouldn't be one if it wasn't for Barry. Feel free to plan your own memorials if you feel the need. and you can use your own money.


Harvey
Harvey

@mygoldenpalace Is it more disrespectful to take an objective view, or to make a public spectacle by demanding public recognition over how great someone is so that we can scrutinize someone's personal history?  Which would me more respectful, an anonymous donation to a suicide prevention organization or a "I want a bronze statue at Red Rocks!" protest?  Give the guy some dignity, you idiot.

mygoldenpalace
mygoldenpalace

@harvey Cop would  kick your sorry butt because they loved Barry.  :)

Harvey
Harvey

@mygoldenpalace @michael.roberts So, you're on the streetcorner reading an obscure story through the glass of one of those newspaper boxes, and a guy walks up named Harvey and says aloud, "special treatment for that guy is bullshit", so you proceed to call Harvey an angry, friendless trolling idiot who probably is "butthurt."  Harvey essentially says, "fuck you, you're stupid."  So you hail a cop and say "officer, officer, this angry friendless trolling idiot is being rude and disrespectful by calling me a moron and speaking his mind, banish him from this corner immediately and forever."  Now, what do you think that cop is going to say?

From what I can tell, I'm sure Mr. Fey would be so proud of your attempted censorship and "paying your respects" on a Westword news blog.  You're right, I have exactly zero friends like you.

mygoldenpalace
mygoldenpalace

@harvey now I know you have to be a troll because in typical troll fashion you are accusing others of what you are doing. 

No one is asking for money to bury him or expecting anyone to give anything free.  

I have no standard for what is truly great, there is only the standard that people set as a community.  And the community loved him.  WE all saw and experienced first hand how Barry and the music changed people and how fans benefited here in Colorado.  So we can speak intelligently about it.  

You on the other hand fall into that small minority of people who always have something mean or  negative to say.  I suspect you probably got fired or butt hurt by Barry at one time and never got over it, or you were too negative or weird to understand the music or were too jerky to be accepted by anyone who did.  

YOU are the one trying to satisfy your outrage my friend...by coming to a public forum of people trying to honor a memory and share their experiences, with your negative, UN-researched and disrespectful commentaries.  How very inappropriate and and rude  you are sir.  You don't have to like Barry or get any of what this is about, but as a human being, you should at least have the common decency to NOT be a rude troll in a forum of people who did.

@michael.roberts You should ban this guy, he is a rude Troll who is very disrespectful to friends, family and fans. 

EVERYONE ELSE, IGNORE  HIM.  DON'T FEED THE TROLLS, THEY JUST COME BACK FOR MORE.  

darrenl
darrenl

@HarveyThe standard of respect issued will be given. It's a pure and simple mathematical equation. You give none, you get none. As for what is truly great @Harvey, hope that one day you may stand in the presence of greatness and be humbled.

Harvey
Harvey

@mygoldenpalace Your standard for "truly great" is really sad.  Honoring burial wishes always has rules and costs money and is accomplished all of the time behind closed doors and without a spokesman.  Now it isn't.   Satisfying your outrage is more about you than it is about honoring the deceased.  That's arrogance.

mygoldenpalace
mygoldenpalace

@Harvey Well ditto, because I was wondering when the guy who is "angry because his crappy attitude kept him from being part of anything truly great", would show up, so here we all are.

You have no idea what you are even talking about.  If you are going to come here and be disrespectful and arrogant than at least do us all the favor of being informed. There is a foundation and donations are already being collected for various organizations. There have already been huge amounts of donations made through Barry that were never even made public. The issue is simply honoring someone's wishes to be buried where they want. No one is asking you for a damn thing so why do you even care? You want to talk crap about wasted efforts? Coming to a forum and making unfounded and unresearched arguments about something that affects you in no way, is disrespectful and stupid. Notice you are all all alone in you opinions? Jesus dude, are you that bored? 

Go away, quit being a TROLL.

Harvey
Harvey

@mygoldenpalace Ah, I wondered when the "I want my MTV!" entitlement class would show up.  I really don't care for a memorial.  I'll be dead.  But don't worry, you'll still get your trophy so you won't be sad in Heaven.  Maybe you should dance in the streets naked for Barry.  I'm sure he would want to be remembered that way.

Harvey
Harvey

@jerriline @Harvey You're confusing a "public memorial", such as a statue, gravesite, or plaque on public property (such as Red Rocks) with a memorial service that is open to the public.  Good luck with that.  And thanks for the suggestion, but I don't feel the need for my own memorial.

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